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BSD Today: Installing, configuring and using HylaFAX

Mar 11, 2001, 16:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ralph Krause)

"This article covers the installation and configuration of HylaFAX 4.1 beta 2 on a FreeBSD 4.2 system with an external Zoom FaxModem attached. These basic ideas should be applicable to other platforms. My fax requirements are relatively simple requiring a single computer which can receive and occasionally send faxes. I was able to configure HylaFAX to meet my needs with only a little bit of difficulty."

"HylaFAX is a software package which allows the sending and receiving facsimiles, polled retrieval of facsimiles, shared data usage of a modem, and the sending of alpha-numeric pages. Outgoing faxes can be in any format and they are automatically converted to a form suitable for transmission. Incoming faxes are stored as TIFF files and can be automatically delivered by mail or printed."

"The software is structured around a client-server architecture. Fax modems may reside on a single machine on a network and clients can submit outbound jobs from any machine that can communicate with the machine on which the modems reside. An access control mechanism is included to control which users on which machines may access a server. Clients and servers communicate using publicly specified protocols: for facsimile, the HylaFAX Client-Server Protocol; and for alpha-numeric pages, the Simple Network Paging Protocol (SNPP) specified by RFC 1861."

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