Cannot receive a fax.
Make sure your machine has a dial tone by pressing Hook in Fax mode. If you
hear static or interference on your fax line, please contact your local telephone
Check all line cord connections. Make sure the telephone line cord is plugged into
the telephone wall jack and the LINE jack inside the machine. If you subscribe to
DSL, VoIP or MagicJack services, please contact your service provider for
connection instructions. To lower the modem speed and turn off ECM (error
correction mode), see Telephone line interference / VoIP on page 122.
Make sure the machine is in the correct Receive Mode. This is determined by the
external devices and telephone subscriber services you have on the same line as
the Brother machine. (See Choose the correct Receive Mode on page 44.)
If you have a dedicated fax line and want your Brother machine to automatically
answer all incoming faxes, you should select Fax Only mode.
If your Brother machine shares a line with an external answering machine, you
should select External TAD mode. In External TAD mode, your Brother
machine will automatically receive incoming faxes and voice callers will be able to
leave a message on your answering machine.
If your Brother machine shares the line with a Voice Mail subscriber service,
please see Voice Mail on page 52.
If your Brother machine is on a line with the Distinctive Ring subscriber service,
please see Distinctive Ring on page 53.
If your Brother machine shares a line with other telephones and you want it to
automatically answer all incoming faxes, you should select Fax/Tel mode. In
Fax/Tel mode, your Brother machine will automatically receive faxes and
produce a pseudo/double-ring to alert you to answer voice calls.
If you do not want your Brother machine to automatically answer any incoming
faxes, you should select Manual mode. In Manual mode, you must answer every
incoming call and activate the machine to receive faxes.
Another device or service at your location may be answering the call before your
Brother machine answers. To test this, lower the Ring Delay setting:
If the Receive Mode is set to Fax Only or Fax/Tel, reduce the Ring Delay
to 1 ring. (See Ring Delay on page 47.)
If the Receive Mode is set to External TAD, reduce the number of rings
programmed on your answering machine to 2.
If the Receive Mode is set to Manual, DO NOT adjust the Ring Delay setting.
Have someone send you a test fax:
If you received the test fax successfully, your machine is operating properly.
Remember to reset your Ring Delay or answering machine setting back to
your original setting. If receiving problems recur after resetting the Ring Delay,
then a person, device, or subscriber service is answering the fax call before
the machine has a chance to answer.
If you were not able to receive the fax, then another device or subscriber
service may be interfering with your fax reception or there may be a problem
with your fax line.