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Is there a way to setup simple faxing, as simple as emailing a document?. Also to multiple contacts at once and to predefined mailing lists.

Please let me know a good client / server.

Free / Opensource, preferred.


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What OS on the server and clients? – John Gardeniers Sep 13 '10 at 11:25
Clients are mostly windows XP, server can be configured to any. – saint Sep 14 '10 at 11:45
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The Asterisk open-source telephony server could do it, with some plugins. Or Hylafax, which appears to be quite popular too.

I've no experience with either solution, but both are open-source, free and well-known. You'll still need a modem to actually send and receive the faxes.

Other options are web services that provide fax2email and email2fax. Hundreds of those around, but none-free for obvious reasons.

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Does it work with a simple modem. – saint Sep 13 '10 at 4:58
+1 for HylaFAX, which is trivial to set up and works with any standard modem. Asterisk however would be just about the ultimate in overkill. – John Gardeniers Sep 13 '10 at 8:58
after trying to install hylafax, which is not much of a trouble. But getting modem to work on linux is a pain in the ass. – saint Sep 21 '10 at 13:51

For a Fax Server you could use HylaFax, with a web interface like AvantFax, you could also use un the client side JHylaFAX that is an open source and platform independent client for HylaFAX.

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Depending on your volume and users you may find it easier to just outsource it to a service such as myfax,efax, etc. They can do number porting in some situations and offer a lot of features that you may find helpful.

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