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Fax

The ability to send and receive faxes is practically a requirement for a home office. Fortunately, most modems are also able to transmit and receive faxes. Fax capability in a modem isn't exactly the same as having a stand-alone fax machine (I'll explain why later), but it's a great convenience.

When you have a fax modem and good fax software, sending a fax is as easy as printing; you give the Fax command, and voilà, your fax has gone to its destination. Faxing from the computer saves you the step of printing out the file and sticking the document into a separate fax machine. Computer-generated faxes are also generally more readable than those sent by a regular fax machine, because the fax machine's reader doesn't have to translate the image. When you receive a fax, it's stored on your disk, waiting for you to print it out or view it on screen. Since you print the faxes on plain paper from your regular printer, the pages won't fade and curl like normal fax paper. (In fact, that's a feature you would pay more for on a stand-alone fax machine.)


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