How to test a fax for free

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How to test a fax for free
A free test fax can be sent to HP's test fax number, which will reply to your fax with another fax. (fax image by Attila Toro from

When a new fax machine is installed, it can be difficult to determine if it is set-up properly. While you could determine if your fax machine is properly configured by sending a test fax to a friend, family member or business with a fax machine, you can also do so using a free service provided by HP. The HP service is free of charge, and saves your peers from the inconvenience associated with the test fax.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fax machine
  • Telephone line
  • Document
  • Internet access

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    Send/Receive Test

  1. 1

    Load the paper into the fax machine following the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. 2

    Dial "1-888-473-2963" on the fax machine and press "Send" or "Start," depending on your fax machine.

  3. 3

    Wait for the fax to finish transmitting. You will receive a return fax from HP within five to seven minutes of completion. If the fax is received, then your machine is set-up properly. If you do not receive the fax, then there is a problem with its configuration.

    Receive Test

  1. 1

    Navigate to the Interpage Free Fax Demonstration website. A link has been provided in the References section of this article.

  2. 2

    Enter your fax number with no additional characters in the field labelled "Phone Number."

  3. 3

    Enter any character in the field labelled "Alpha/Numeric Character:" which will be displayed on the cover page to differentiate fax attempts. Enter a different character each time you test your fax machine.

  4. 4

    Enter a message into the field labelled "Message." Please note, this message will not be transmitted with the fax, although the field cannot be left blank.

  5. 5

    Click "Send Fax" to send your test fax. The fax will be sent within a few moments of submitting.

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