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I have an HP Officejet 8600 Pro that has faxing capabilities. However I do not send faxes often and I do not need to pay for a dedicated fax number/line. Is there a way to send and receive faxes using the built in wifi without a fax number from the HP? I have seen online services that allow this from the PC, is that the only way to do this? I am using Windows 7 for my OS.

EDIT I do not use a regular phone line.

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You could just use your regular phoneline with a splitter, and turn off automatic fax reception. – Journeyman Geek Jun 23 '12 at 1:27
@JourneymanGeek - Thanks for the info, I do not use a regular phone line though. =< – L84 Jun 23 '12 at 1:35
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If you want to send/receive faxes, then just connect the machine to the phone line. The phone company does not sell/lease "fax" lines or numbers.

WiFi is for networking devices, not phone equipment. If you connect this HP by Wifi, then you could use the printer/scanner as a wireless network printer. Sending/receiving faxes from/to the PC using the HP over the phone line would depend on software installed on the PC and how the HP is configured (e.g. would received faxes be printed (on paper) immediately or sent (softcopy) to the PC?)


I do not use a regular phone line.

I have seen online services that allow this from the PC, is that the only way to do this?

The fax is a phone device/service. If you choose to use the "online service", then the fax capability of the HP is totally irrelevant. The Internet and your PC with the "online service" replace the fax machine at your location.

BTW most businesses have been able to accommodate me when I ask them to exchange e-mail attachments instead of faxes. Scanning the document(s) and then composing the e-mail is more work then sending a fax, but it is doable when your faxing requirements are so infrequent.

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Thanks for the info, I should of mentioned in my question I do not have a phone line (I am a cell only user at this point.) so that eliminates the phone line. – L84 Jun 23 '12 at 1:34

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