Do I need "something else" to send a fax from MacBook 10.5.5

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  1. DennisAlan macrumors newbie

    DennisAlan

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    Hello. I connect to my Comcast Cable Modem via an Airport Express wireless network at home.

    I want to send a fax from inside the computer, i.e. a Word file I will create or an email.

    When I go to Printer/Fax inside System Preferences, I see my printer but not a modem.

    1. Do I need a modem?

    2. Do I need to connect a telephone cable to my MacBook Pro?

    3. Do I need to buy/subscribe to a $40. service that enables me to fax from the computer?
     
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    What model MacBook do you have? Since nothing shows up in the fax preferences I'm guessing it's a recent, modem-less one. You will either need to purchase a USB modem or sign-up with a service such as eFax. If you decide to go the modem route, your system already has everything it needs to fax on it; it will simply appear as an additional printer once it's setup.
     
  3. DennisAlan thread starter macrumors newbie

    DennisAlan

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    I have a MacBook Pro 4,1 (according to About This Mac).

    Will a USB modem work wirelessly for faxing?
     
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604

    ravenvii

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    You can only do this via a phone cable. Get a USB modem and connect your MacBook to the phone jack.
     
  5. DennisAlan thread starter macrumors newbie

    DennisAlan

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    I am in the midst of researching eFax-like services, which may be better for my needs that anything wired. Thanks to all.
     
  6. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    dolphin842

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    I used MyFax for a while. It worked, and was only $10/mo. It took two e-mails to get them to cancel, but they ended up doing so and refunded what they erroneously charged me.
     

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