IP Fax Machines

The number of fax machines sold annually has been declining for several years. The number of new models being produced is also diminishing, and the fax machine takes a much less prominent position within the shelves of business supply retailers. Although there is still a need for faxing to exist for business purposes, the shift from traditional to online faxing is resulting in the slow but steady death of the conventional fax machine.

Two protocols exist that enable the sophisticated all-in-one fax machine to combine effectively with computers; VOIP and the Worldwide Web. In the late 1990s, the International Telecommunication Union established T.37 and T.38 as the standard protocols for sending and receiving faxes over the Internet.

The first of these, the T.37 protocol, enables a fax machine to scan documents into a TIF file. Once this process has been completed, you can then email the document.

The second, the T.38 protocol enables faxes to be both sent and received by using an existing VoIP network.

Contemporary office technology now enables an office photocopier to multi-task, serving the function of a copier, scanner, and is some cases, fax machine. Multi-function printers are also very reasonably priced nowadays, meaning that it is possible for everyone who works within an organisation to have a scanner on their desk, or in the vicinity of it. If a company is in possession of a scanner, computer and Internet connection, then they have the capability to send faxed documents given the advent of modern technology.