How An Internet Fax Server Works

Fax to Email


The internet has helped us stream line a great number of activities and this also includes the way in which we communicate. The latest communication tool to become internet enabled and enhanced is faxing. Normally the way in which we send or receive faxes is from one fax machine communicating information to another fax machine. Today the internet is helping us to send and receive faxes through online servers. An internet fax server allows or converts documents from conventional fax to an email format.

This entire process is most commonly known as fax to email or email faxing. There are many great benefits to switching to this method of sending a fax via a fax server including getting rid of your conventional and often bulky fax machine, getting rid of all of your conventional analogue telephone lines and becoming mobile because you can send or receive a fax from anywhere that you can get an internet connection.

A conventional fax to fax is traditionally sent using what is known as a public switched network or PSTN for short. This can often be a slow and laborious process and quite often the intended recipient’s line is busy already dealing with an incoming or outgoing fax and you end up having to wait really long. Fax to email still uses the PSTN system but sends it to a fax server, the fax is then converted into a format that can be attached to an email, either TIFF or PDF format. If someone is sending you a fax from a conventional fax machine you will receive it in this manner.

Using a fax server is fast becoming the preferred method now of sending or receiving a fax. For anyone that subscribes to the email faxing or fax to email service there are a number of great benefits. For one thing there will be no more paper jams to deal with, no more running out of ink or paper while trying to print a fax and no more endless waiting around while you wait for someone’s fax line to become available.

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