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  • How to share Fax Service in windows XP ?

    Hi. I use the built in Windows XP Pro fax system. There are 10 PCs on a network and only one has a modem and phone connection.
    If I try to share the Fax printer driver so the other pcs can use it, the Sharing tab has a message saying "Sharing is not supported for this type of printer".

    Is there a way around this?

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    Re: How to share Fax Service in windows XP ?

    Move the Fax modem to a server or use third party software.
    XP doesn't support Fax sharing.
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      Re: How to share Fax Service in windows XP ?

      Like Dumber mentioned, the fax device in Win XP cannot be shared. It's also limited to 1 fax device which limits volume even if you're using a 3rd party application. This is a limitation of the version TAPI in non server versions of Windows [Server Standard 4 devices, Enterprise unlimited devices]. If need or plan on sending any volume of faxes through MS Fax you should invest in a decent fax modem. Because MS's Fax Service Provider lacks compatibility with Error Correction Mode even if the hardware supports it.

      If you need a fax board check out Mainpine's IQExpress. This is what we deploy with our clients, it is a bit pricey but it works great. http://www.mainpine.com

      If you don't want to spend that much you can use a regular fax modem. Don't use a winmodem. You'll get a lot of failed fax jobs if you do. Use this one - http://www.multitech.com/PRODUCTS/Fa...MultiModemZPX/ - It's the only general purpose fax modem I'll use for faxing.
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        Re: How to share Fax Service in windows XP ?

        Thanks for the tip
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          Re: How to share Fax Service in windows XP ?

          Originally posted by hamed89156
          is there any kind of built-in service for fax sharing in windows platform ???
          As Dumber stated, this is not supported in Windows XP - you would have to move the fax device to a computer running a server edition of Windows. If you don't have a licence for that, try Linux?
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            Re: How to share Fax Service in windows XP ?

            Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
            As Dumber stated, this is not supported in Windows XP - you would have to move the fax device to a computer running a server edition of Windows. If you don't have a licence for that, try Linux?
            If you're going to use Linux check out HylaFax+. It extends HylaFax and from what I've seen has more frequent updates.

            http://hylafax.sourceforge.net/
            Last edited by ahinson; 12th November 2008, 06:02.
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