How to receive faxes on computer

We currently use a subscription service to receive faxes. We are wanting to change that and start receiving faxes on a computer.  What is a typical setup to use? I assume we would need a fax card. Is it as simple as just buying a fax card, install it and hook to a phone line and we are good to go?  Are there other ways to receive a fax into the computer where a phone number is actually dialing us up over an internet connection?

If fax card and phone line, can you suggest a card to use?  Is there software that gives a heads up if/when there are problems like faxes not coming through?  We had a basic card in a machine a while back, but there was no way to know when it wasn't working until a customer/vendor called to let us know faxes were failing.

If there are other methods like receiving via internet connection, what would we need?
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The easiest and best way would be to use a multifunction printer that has an internal NIC and fax. Most of those printers can be set up to send the faxes they receive to a PC or server on your LAN. These printers have a buffer so if the PC you want the faxes to be stored on is off, is still in the printer's memory.

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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
Interesting. We have HP LaserJet Professional M1530 MFP on the network.  Will that one work like you are talking about?  I looked at the user manual, but wasn't sure what to look for.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
You have to connect a land line to the back of the MFP. See page 5 of the HP LaserJet Pro M1530 MFP Series Installation Guide.

You will have to check out the HP software to find out how to get a copy to the PC(P. 141 of User Guide):

Set the product to send received faxes to a computer
Receiving faxes to a computer is available only if a full software installation was performed during initial product setup.
To receive faxes to your computer, turn on the receive-to-PC setting in the software.
  1. Open HP ToolboxFX.
  2. Select the product.
  3. Click Fax.
  4. Click Fax Tasks.
  5. Under Fax Receive Mode, select Receive faxes to this computer.
  6. To receive notification that a fax has been received to the computer, select the Display a message when a fax is received to this computer option.
  7. Click the Apply button.

NOTE: The receive to PC feature can be set for one computer only. If this setting has been activated from a computer, the setting disappears from the software and cannot be set from another computer. To receive faxes to a different computer, you first must deactivate the setting from the control panel.
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