In our current efforts to reduce the amount of clutter and “stuff” we have in our house, we recently traded in our old laser printer and scanner for a Multi-Function Copier (MFC for short).Â You know, one of those machines that does it all: copy, print, scan, fax, etc.
After some research and figuring out what I needed versus what I wanted, I found and bought the Brother MFC-7820N.Â Not only did it have (almost) all the features I wanted, but it was completely functional in Linux – a do or die criteria.
I have to say, I am impressed.Â I’m able to not only print to this network printer, but anyone on my network can use it to scan, copy, print, and fax.Â That’s right, I said scan and fax.Â I walk up to the unit, specify what computer I want to send the scanned document to, and scan away.Â It shows up on the computer via the network.Â How freaking cool is that for a consumer-grade machine?!
I’m downright delighted with this machine – and that’s not something easily done.Â So bravo Brother!Â And give that support center fellow in Japan that I’m emailing back and forth with a little something from this Canuck – he’s doing a bang-up job.
For my reference, here are some resources I found useful when setting up the fax:
- Test your fax’s sending ability for free – this site allows anyone to fax them something, and it will appear on the main page within a few minutes.Â So I could fax something to them and verify they received it.
- Test your fax’s receiving ability for free – this site allows you to upload a document (up to 3 pages, twice a day) and they’ll fax it for you anywhere in the US and Canada.Â The free service pops a cover page on the fax with advertising, but for personal use who cares?Â And they offer a premium service that removes the ads.Â Just a really neat service.Â I used it to fax myself something, to make sure I could receive faxes on my new fax number.
This was prompted by the fact that I just finished tonight setting up the fax capability after activating a distinctive ring on our phone line.Â We have a fax number if you ever want to borrow it to send out a fax or if you want to send us something.