[thelist] Fax Server Recommendations

Simon Perry thelist at si-designs.co.uk
Wed Dec 8 10:26:53 CST 2004

Mike Carlson wrote:

>I am looking for recommendations for a Fax Server similar to WinFax. A stand alone Fax server with a client piece that allows them to "Print To Fax". I dont need email integration or anything that extends Exchange or Notes to provide fax capabilities.
>WinFax is the candidate in the running but I need to see if there is anything else out there. Also, the software needs to be able to support generic modems and not require dedicated fax boards like Brooktrouts or Dialogic.
Hi Mike,

I have a couple of clients setup with Hylafax[0] fax servers. They are 
working very well using generic external modems based on the Intel 
MD566x chipset. These modems cost under £20 (peanuts) here in the UK.

I use the 4.2.0 software release running on Debian with the modems in 
software class 1 mode. The beauty of running the modems this way is that 
Hylafax controls the entire fax process and it's fax code is far 
superior to the fax firmware of even the most expensive modems or fax 

As for clients ifax, who offer commercial Hylafax, support do a tightly 
integrated windows client HylaFSP that integrates with windows fax and 
presents as a fax printer. Or there are numerous free clients that will 
present a print device and popup dialogue for the fax number. The 
Hylafax wiki [1] has an excellent list of all the available clients.


[0] http://www.hylafax.org/index.html
[1] http://wiki.ifax.com/tiki-index.php?page=ClientSoftware

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