6/25/2004 - Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading data communications and telecommunications company based in suburban Minneapolis, is announcing a single port fax server designed to simplify and lower the cost of networked faxing. The FaxFinder is a single modem turnkey desktop unit that includes all the hardware and software necessary for sending and receiving faxes via a digital line (i.e. T1 or PRI) equipped PBX. The PBX converts pre-assigned fax numbers to DTMF signals and sends them along with the fax to the FaxFinder through a standard analog port. The FaxFinder converts the fax to a TIFF file which is attached to an email and sent to the proper recipient. Send operations can be from applications using the bundled driver client software for Windows to send faxes anywhere in the world. The fax modem supports “Super G3” ITU V.34 standard fax communications, along with two-dimensional compression, real time fax compression conversion, and ECM (Error Correction Mode). The new FaxFinder fax server (model FF100) with a single port is priced at an MSRP of US$799.
“This fax server simplifies and lowers the cost of network faxing along with helping to complete unified messaging goals for organizations,” states Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech-Tech Systems, Inc. “It performs all the tasks a much larger and more complex PC-based server would perform. By bundling everything necessary in one package, we have made network faxing available to a wider range of companies including those without a dedicated IT staff. While other network fax solutions are complicated and require the expense and networking expertise needed to install and configure software running on a PC server, the FaxFinder breaks through that with a package about the size of a deck of cards.”
The new FaxFinder model FF100 external desktop fax server connects to an analog port of a PBX that is equipped with digital lines such as T1 or PRI. When a call is received on a digital channel from pre-assigned fax phone numbers, the PBX converts the number into DTMF tones and sends them to the FaxFinder. The FaxFinder answers the call, receives the fax, converts it to a TIFF file, attaches it to an email, and sends it to the correct recipient. On out-bound operations, the FaxFinder sends faxes from any Windows network user using bundled client software. A user sees fax as another option to a print operation. After entering the desired send fax phone number and selecting fax print, the client software forwards the fax to the FaxFinder, sends it out via the PBX.
The FaxFinder includes a fax modem for outgoing and incoming faxes via a PSTN phone line, and an Ethernet port for connection to a compatible IP network. Its fax modem features performance-enhancing capabilities including V.34 fax communications plus MR and MMR compression support. (Note: Fax compression allows for the use and conversion of the commonly used MH - Modified Huffman, plus MR -Modified READ- and MMR -Modified-Modified READ- which are one dimensional, mixed one and two dimensional, and two dimensional compression respectively.) Since most new fax machines support all of these compression techniques, the FaxFinder provides the best compatibility and performance regardless of the fax source.
An ISO 9001:2000 certified global manufacturer of award-winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or in embedded solutions from OEMs.
Privately held, Multi-Tech Systems has over 61 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexed voice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s World Wide Web home page at www.multitech.com.
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