If you’ve kept an analog telephone line in your office just for the purpose of sending and receiving faxes, you may finally be able to cut that line.
VoIP equipment manufacturer Audiocodes has released the Fax ATA MP-202B HTTPSFAX, a fax-enabled version of its MP-202B analog telephone adaptor that fully supports VoIP use of standard fax equipment and fax-enabled multi-function printers (PDF product datasheet).
The device, announced last year and demonstrated in this Sept. 2011 YouTube video, is now exclusively available through VoIP equipment retailer and wholesaler VoipSupply for $159.
For the VoIP user without an analog POTS line, sending a fax has been a bit of an ordeal requiring pages to be scanned in to a computer and sent to a recipient as PDF or JPEG documents using internet-based fax services. The Audiocodes device allows fax machines and multi-function printers with built-in fax capabilities to send pages to a recipient directly, bypassing the manual computer process altogether.
The Audiocodes device retains the original device’s ability to register with SIP service providers and to make and receive voice calls.
Other VoIP device manufacturers are working on their own versions of fax-capable ATAs. Obihai Technology, which manufactures the popular OBI110 and OBi100 ATAs, will soon release a feature-packed OBi202, expected to support fax connectivity using the T.38 standard with a street price of around $75.