This device can truly help an organization get rid of the traditional paper based fax and the hassles associated with it. It listens to all incoming fax requests on your number, receives them, and sends them across to a user. The FaxFinder Fax Server, simply requires a phone line and an Ethernet cable to connect to the local LAN. It comes with a single 10/100 Ethernet port for connecting to your office network.
You can access its management console over a browser that allows configuring the device as per your existing network setup. These settings include giving the device an IP address, specifying the Domain Name server, Default Gateway, an SMTP server and an administrative mail id.
|Price: Rs. 38,000 (1 yr warranty)|
|Key Specs: 33.6K fax communication, 10/100 Ethernet Port, Client and management software, TIFF converter and viewer|
|Contact: MultiTech Computers, Gurgaon Tel: 2340778 E-mail: email@example.com|
Optionally you can also install the admin application on your server for accessing the FaxFinder. It can route all incoming faxes to a user mail id specified to it. Moreover, it comes with the FaxFinder Client software that can be installed on all nodes. which can then send faxes electronically. It converts the file being sent or received into '.tiff' format. The users listed in the phonebook for FaxFinder then get mails with the fax message attached as a '.tiff' file. It uses MMR compression on data being sent. While the one we got, had a single POTS port, some models also support DID (direct Inward Dialing) to DTMF (Dual Tone Multiple Frequency) conversion and use the latter to route faxes to mails.
The management console is a basic one, though it provides pages for
administration and configuration, setting up phone book that contains names and
their fax numbers, modem settings, and viewing current status. There are no
access controls to control who can use it and who cannot.
Whenever the device receives a fax, it automatically sends a status message to the admin's mail-id.
The configurations also allow you to choose whether to turn on ECM (Error Correction Mode) or not. We tried sending and receiving faxes with the equipment and it worked pretty well.
One can even send image files using the device, but you need to be really patient on the receiving end with 9600 bps transfer speed.
Bottom Line: The device does routing of faxes to mails and sends faxes from mails as well. We liked everything about this device except the hefty price. At this price tag, you could very well buy a full-featured fax machine or even a multi-function device.