Internet Fax

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What Does Internet Fax Mean?

An Internet fax product is a technology that uses the global IP network to send a fax instead of using traditional public switched telephone networks or fiber-optic land lines to send documents. A range of Internet fax tools help offices to receive faxes in digital form or as paper documents.

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Techopedia Explains Internet Fax

Internet fax software replaces one end or both ends of a conventional fax transmission. Software can help users to send digital copies of a document from a computer or mobile device to a fax machine, where they may print out on paper. Alternately, users can send already scanned and digitized documents in digital form, or they can use some forms of Internet fax software to digitize a fax before sending it.

Internet faxing helps with some security issues involved in handling physical documents at their destinations. It also helps because since the messages are sent over the Internet instead of telephone lines, senders don’t have to pay the higher fees associated with traditional faxes. Different kinds of Internet fax technologies also have advanced features for document handling, data mining and much more.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
Senior Editor

Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.