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Sending an email to a fax machine

Is anyone familiar with a service, software, or application that can be used to send an email to a fax machine?

My research found a ton of results for faxing to an email address, but not much, if any, solutions for the other way around.

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Is anyone familiar with a service, software, or application that can be used to send an email to a fax machine?

My research found a ton of results for faxing to an email address, but not much, if any, solutions for the other way around.

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Sending an email to a fax or faxing something to an email? - Two different things - You can fax to an email all day long and you get it in the form of an attachment - But, sending an email to a fax? - Why?

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your describing an efax solution. look into ringcentral or similar.

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We've used myfax and efax for that purpose at my company. We used to use efax but had to switch with myfax because efax support would not help us resolve an issue. Both worked pretty well. Myfax is pretty simple to setup and use.

EDIT: With myfax you setup your account to send from your email. For example, you send an email to [email protected] from your email address and it will fax it to that fax number.

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Sending an email to a fax or faxing something to an email? - Two different things - You can fax to an email all day long and you get it in the form of an attachment - But, sending an email to a fax? - Why?
I know it is 2012 and why would someone want to receive a fax instead of an email.

The reason in this situation is simple, a fax machine spits something physical at you, that you are forced to look at. More specifically, my mom is a florist, I run a website for her, when she gets an order, it arrives in the form of an email. She has limited technical abilities and even more limited time to check the business email inbox. That is where I come in. When she gets an order, I fax it to her or log into the computer at her shop and print it. Loging in and printing the orders is not a big deal, but the fax option is quicker. Hence my question, if I could forward the email to her fax machine, it would save me time.

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Gotcha - There ARE solutions that can send an email to "Print" and have that printer be the fax - It is a simple "FWD" to the efax addy that then prints it

I have never set one up but I know it can be done - I have used eFax before to do just that, fwd an email into a hard copy fax for Purchase orders and such in order to sign and then "fax" back to me in email format

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The reason in this situation is simple, a fax machine spits something physical at you, that you are forced to look at. More specifically, my mom is a florist, I run a website for her, when she gets an order, it arrives in the form of an email. She has limited technical abilities and even more limited time to check the business email inbox. That is where I come in. When she gets an order, I fax it to her or log into the computer at her shop and print it. Loging in and printing the orders is not a big deal, but the fax option is quicker. Hence my question, if I could forward the email to her fax machine, it would save me time.
That's pretty close to how we use it. We are a freight forwarder and a lot of smaller places still use fax machines for orders. Our system triggers an email when an order is entered and myfax sends a fax to their fax machine.

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Thanks for the info so far. I've used eFax before, and it works well, it is just a little pricey. Ringcentral and myfax seem to be a little more reasonable. I'd love to find an a la cart solution as the web side of the business is only for select customer convenience and not her bread and butter.

Bug, I did use some rules in Outlook to print incoming orders, it worked fine, until the computer had to be restarted due to an update or someone decided to close all programs. So it works, but the effort to make it work seemlessly is more then my effort to login to her computer and just initiate the print.

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That's pretty close to how we use it. We are a freight forwarder and a lot of smaller places still use fax machines for orders. Our system triggers an email when an order is entered and myfax sends a fax to their fax machine.
That is pretty cool. Thanks, I'll readup more about it.

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This fax zero might be just what the doctor ordered.

I will try the gmail solution too when I have more time, the page listed on ehow could not be found when I tried, so might be something with the network I am on currently.

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This fax zero might be just what the doctor ordered.
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Newer printers when setup as network printers are assigned an e-mail addy and you can send anything to it and it will print it.

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Newer printers when setup as network printers are assigned an e-mail addy and you can send anything to it and it will print it.
Good info, thought about that as well. Her printer has some years on it, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will not have to replace it too soon. But when I do, a networked printer it will be.

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