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Fax Machine that works like a fax server?

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I am not sure if this is a suitable question for this forum, but I thought I would ask.  I am looking for a networked fax machine that can work well as a stand-alone fax/copier, however, I need to add some network functionality to it also.  Here is the list of requirements (some are mandatory, others are "helpful"):

1) Send faxes from the device using paper copy
2) Send faxes from an electronic document that is on one of 8 people's computers.  (each of them would need to be able to send faxes electronically, using the modem on the fax machine)
3) Receive faxes via email?  I am not sure if this is possible without a fax server, but it would be very nice if it had a way to direct faxes to each of the people's email addresses instead of the physical machine
4) Work as a printer.

Please let me know how you would best accomplish this.  If this is not physically possible, what are the requirements for a high up-time fax server, without a lot of cost? (using a single analog line at this time, maybe adding a second down the road).  I need something temporary because we are working on an enterprise fax server within 6 months soon.  

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I need something that is laser & a bit more "business" than that.
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The HP all in one print/scan/fax units can be used as a workgroup fax machine as well.  I have an older 3330 model that does this the only catch being that I have to use a HP JetDirect print server with it.

I think the current 'equivalent' model is the HP 3390,

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/18972-18972-3328064-12004-3328082-1140785.html

This one has the networking built in and looks to have the full functionality right from the start.

I do not think you will find that kind of fax email feature without a servereither. Even then you normally have to use a incoming trunk line with multiple fax numbers that allow for redirecting to user associated with the number that was called.

I do have to say that I have found our old HP to be very reliable as a fax machine.  Seems to have no issues with anybody else's fax machine.  We did try a couple of software based options prior and were not happy with the reliability.
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