fc3 and "all-in-one" fax, scanner, printers
gsechan at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 15 09:34:37 PST 2005
>From: Ralph Shumaker <rafazap at cwnet.com>
>OK, I guess I'm going to have to spell out my confusion. Let's begin by
>assuming there's no wireless transmissions of any kind in this process. I
>take the paper that's in my hand and put it into the scanner feed. It
>feeds through and is scanned. The machine then converts this to an image
>file that still is in the (scanning) machine. I previously asked if USB
>was used to get it to the PC, and the response sounded like "no, it goes to
>email". Email could mean that it ended up anywhere in the world, including
>the PC attached via USB. How the image gets to "email" (whatever that
>means in this context), who knows?! But somehow this email is the means by
>which it somehow gets to the computer that, to the best of my knowledge, is
>only attached via USB (although now you've thrown in ethernet and
>forwarding to a service via who-knows-what cable to who-knows-what machine
>who-knows-where). Clairevoyance is sounding more and more like what you're
>describing. I realize that you're trying to help me understand this. But
>I hope I've been able to make clear my confusion. If you understand the
>process, please tell me what does what and what paths are used. I feed the
>paper through the scanner which creates some sort of image in the
>(scanning) machine. After this, I'm totally lost (except that email is
>somehow involved) until it actually ends up in the PC, if it even ever gets
Yes, an all in one uses USB to send scanned images back to the PC. That is
the default method.
Some all in ones allow you to forward faxes (and possibly scans) to email
instead. To do this, they need to be plugged into an ethernet port. THe
reason someone (I think Tracy?) mentioned this feature is that this is
garunteed to work under Linux, because Linux can read email. Otherwise you
need drivers to talk to the scanner. I know HP does have those drivers, I
don't know if all companies do.
>Maybe I should just tell my friend "Buy this one. It's supposed to work.
>My friends tell me so. If it doesn't work right out of the box, I'll just
>have to post requests for help and hope the answer comes right away.".
>I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place.
>This friend is not patient. When she wants something, she wants it now.
>She often does not express that she wants something until she's ready to
>have it. Every time I have been doing anything on her computer, invariably
>she asks "How long is this going to take?". She doesn't understand how I
>cannot know. She is the most decisive person I have ever known. And she
>has already told me (multiple times) that she wants an all-in-one. She has
>shown remarkable patience. She is the kind that could easily tell me
>"Forget Linux. Put windows back on if that's what it takes to get it to
>work.". And to be honest, I wouldn't blame her. (She's already mentioned
Printing and scanning work from hp all in ones with the drivers at
http://hpinkjet.sf.net/. This is taken from linuxprinting.org. If you
post a feature list she needs, I can give you an exact model for HP,
although you might want to research other companies (I know the stuff I
worked on far better than I know my competition). Here's a feature list,
tell me which of these are important:
Full bleed printing- this means it can print all the way to the edges of
the paper. People who do lots of photos like that.
ADF- automated document feeder. It allows you to put a stack of papers in
the machine and scan/fax them one by one. Useful for people who copy or fax
Photo cards- useful for people who do a lot of photo printing, and don't
like to touch them up in photoshop
DPS port- useful for the same people as photo cards, if you have a DPS
LCD display- useful for photo print previews
Built in ethernet/wireless- useful if you need to share the printer and
don't want to set up a print server, or deal with a JetDirect box.
Fax- pretty obvious here, does she want fax (I think its worth it, but it
is an extra 30-50 bucks)
Price range- whats the max she wants to spend?
Tell me that, and I can give you a model number.
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