How to install a fax machine on one phone line

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How to install a fax machine on one phone line
Install a fax machine on one phone line. (Fax/Printer buttons image by Jeffrey Zalesny from

Installing a fax machine on a phone line is handy for those who want the convenience of a home fax machine without the cost of adding a second line. This is a good idea for those who primarily use cell phones for personal and business calls and, thus, don't use their home phone lines or for those who don't receive many faxes and don't mind using their phone lines for fax machines.

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Things you need

  • Phone cable
  • Power cord
  • Paper
  • Ink cartridge

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  1. 1

    Lay out all the parts of your fax machine. Set your fax machine, ink cartridge, paper, power cord and phone cable on a table.

  2. 2

    Plug the power cord into the electrical jack on the back of your fax machine. The electrical jack is typically two-pronged and black. Plug the other end of the power cord into a wall electrical socket.

  3. 3

    Open the top of your fax machine by pulling up on the main panel of the device. Open the packaging on your ink cartridge and throw away the cling film. Insert the ink cartridge into the fax machine with the ink portion of the cartridge facing downward. Close the top of the fax machine.

  4. 4

    Set the paper for your fax machine on the paper intake tray. Only include a few sheets at first; you can add more as you receive faxes.

  5. 5

    Click one end of your phone cable into the phone jack on the back of your fax machine. This jack might be labelled "Line In" on your fax machine. Plug the other end of the phone cable into the phone jack in your wall.

Tips and warnings

  • When you receive a call in which you hear the screeching of an incoming fax, press the "Answer" or "Receive Fax" button on your fax machine; your device will start receiving your fax.

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