Fax-server Concept is quite simple. You send faxes from your workplace in the function of printing to the fax printer. The printer, in its return, transmits your document to the server. The latter makes an outgoing order for sending during a call through fax-phone. This technology exchanges the traditional one, when there should be printing of individual documents and their further acceptance to the fax-machine for sending. Such technological modification saves time because there is no need to print documents and to submit them to the device manually.
On the reception side another server transmits received documents directly to the client of the e-mail on the desktop. Time saving leads to essential economy of means in those companies which use servers at the organization of the business processes. But there is one shortcoming in sending and delivering information through the server if compared with e-mailing. The transmission of the documents through the channels of the telephone connection costs money. For typical average or large corporation cost of transferring faxes even between various offices can make an essential part of total expenses on the telecommunications organization. This happens in those cases when transmission is really necessary means of company work organization.
For better using, various deliverers of servers have already offered a lot of classical technologies of routing with the least least cost routing, but realization of such routing with the help of IP-technologies gives much more. In this case it is possible not only to minimize expenses on telephone connection used for fax traffic organization between two offices, but practically to eliminate expenditures of this kind out of the company budget. All this is achieved by transmitting faxes in the form of IP-packages instead of using traditional telephone long-distance call, for example.
Technology of "the cheapest routing"
There are two main technologies of transmission via the IP-protocol: sending of documents in the form of attachment to an e-mail message and conversion of the packaged fax messages to a format of outgoing phone call.
In the first case the specified messages are accepted by the client of e-mail installed for the receiver. In other words, the e-mail address should be assigned to the receiving side. The table of routing for a server, available for users, can include an e-mail address which is used by a server for appropriate routing of fax documents. The faxes sent in such a way, will be transformed in Graphics format that after their acceptance they could be viewed with any viewer (for example, that one which is installed by default). It means that is not necessary to install preliminary special computer software on the computer of the receiver as it is enough to use a good viewer.
But what to do in cases when a receiver e-mail address of the message is unknown? In this case IP-routing can be fulfilled by conversion of the packaged messages to a format ofoutgoing phone call on a remote server in a mode of local telephony of a receiver.
Thus, delivery of the document does not demand the organization of a long-distance call. In other words, the message is delivered to the fax device of the receiver free of charge. For the companies which have many offices, between which the intensive traffic is organized, such IP-routing with the least expenses can be realized now by application of specialized server products, and its usage is accompanied by essential saving of expenditures. Thus, at carrying out of the present trials there was the task to check up and estimate characteristics of servers which are used for IP-routing of faxes to a remote server which directs outgoing fax-phone calls in a mode of local telephony.
So, we answered the following questions:
- Is IP server system difficult in installation and customization?
- Is it simple in administration?
- Is the client interface convenient at usage of the Microsoft Outlook e-mail client?
- How do system characteristics correspond at usage of a traditional server and an IP-fax server?
- How do characteristics of a traditional server and various IP-fax servers correspond with each other?