A printed report of a fax machine�s incoming and outgoing transactions. The activity report may be printed automatically or manually at a specified interval. Information may include date and time of transmission, the fax number/name, duration, number of pages, result, errors incurred and comment.
Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) This
attachment automatically feeds one page at a time to the printer,
allowing users to step away while the printer completes a job.
Call Back Message
A call back message sends a fax and then leaves a message for the recipient to call.
CNG Calling tones sent during automatic fax transmissions that tell the receiving machine that the sender is a fax machine.
Collation Collation allows you to print multiple projects in the correct order. Also reffered to as "ordered printing".
Connectivity refers to the method by which you connect your printer to
your computer. These connectivity options include USB, FireWire,
Parallel and Ethernet.
Contrast A manual adjustment on a fax machine that
compensates for very dark or very light documents by lightening dark
documents and darkening light documents.
Copy Weight This refers to the minimum and maximum paper weight that your printer can handle.
Cost Per Page
This is the total cost of each page printed. Things like ink
cartridges, other consumables and media cost is all factored in to give
you a per page estimate of cost.
Received and printed at other party's machine, the cover page contains the sender and recipient�s name and fax number, number of pages and comment. You can generate an electronic cover page at the other end with pre-programmed information from memory, or you can print a sample cover page to fax with your document.
Daily Timer A function that lets you program a fax to be sent at a certain time.
Document Feeder A device which feeds documents into a fax machine without operator assistance.
Dots Per Inch (DPI)
Dpi is an abbreviation for dots per inch. A measurement of print
resolution, dpi indicates how many individual dots a device can create
on a page per square inch of area. Dpi is typically listed as
horizontal resolution by vertical resolution; the higher the dpi, the
better the resolution.
Drivers This software allows your computer to communicate with your printer to produce quality, accurate prints.
This feature simultaneously performs two functions at once. It can scan one document into memory as it prints, receives, or transmits another.
Duty Cycle This is the number of pages that a printer is designed to handle per month.
Electronic Phone Directory
All of the pre-programmed phone numbers in your fax machine will now be accessible through the display of the machine. Search or scroll methods are available for ease of dialing ability.
Extension Phone Transfer The ability to transfer a
fax call from an extension phone to the facsimile unit by entering a
2 or 3-digit code.
Usually carries the file extension .jpg. The current favorite image
format among Web surfers and graphics professionals, JPEG images are
highly compressed to save more space than a BMP or GIF file.
This number is the best indicator of the overall image quality of any
scanner. If the resolution is 2400 dpi it will be listed as either 2400
dpi or 2400 x 2400 dpi. When comparing scanners that have two numbers
listed in the resolution, the lower of the two will be a more accurate
representation of the scanners ability (for example, a 1200 x 2400 dpi
scanner would be considered a 1200 dpi scanner).
For multifunctions with fax, this refers to the number of pages the fax
will save after they are sent. Typically this is 99 pages or less.
Paper Capacity Defines how much paper any given paper tray can handle.
This refers to the number of pages that a printer can store prior to
printing. It also usually details how this paper is handled (document
feeder, tray, automatic document feeder, etc.).
PC-Fax Interface A built-in interface allows users to send faxes directly from most Windows applications, receive faxes into their PC, fax broadcast to multiple locations and custom design fax cover pages.
Polling A feature which permits a fax machine to call another machine and request it to transmit documents. Pages must be left in the document feeder or in memory and the polling unit must have the passcode of the unit it is calling.
Pages per minute, usually abbreviated as PPM. A measurement of printer
speed, indicating how many finished pages a printer can produce in 60
seconds. PPM speeds are typically listed for both monochrome only and
Print Server A
computer completely dedicated to supporting a network printer. The
server's system RAM and hard drive are used to store print jobs in the
queue, and print jobs can be reordered, paused, or deleted from the
In an inkjet device, the print head contains the printer's ink
cartridges and the nozzles that control the flow of ink. This
electro-mechanical functionality allows the delivery of ink dots.
High perfomance laser printer and multifunction units sometimes have an
integrated processor. This allows the printer to deliver a higher PPM.
Random Access Memory, usually abbreviated as RAM. RAM built into your
printer can store data from a print job temporarily until the printer
is ready to print the data.
Resolution refers to the individual number of samples that are taken in
the space of one inch. This is commonly referred to as dpi (dots
per inch) or spi (samples per inch). In fax, the resolution is expressed in the number of lines per inch scanned and recorded, such as normal, fine and superfine.
RGB Red Green Blue. All colors defined as percentages
of red, green, and blue. Varying percentages of these colors create all
colors seen in the full color spectrum. To help understand the concept
of RGB, look very closely at a color TV screen (not too long though, remember
what Mom always said...), and see that the color is comprised of a variation
or combination of individually colored dots (like pixels).
Serial Interface Can transfer only one bit of information in one direction at a time but can transmit data over greater distances.
Substitute Reception Also called paper-out reception to memory, this feature allows documents to be automatically received into memory when the unit runs out of paper. Some models also allow documents to be received into memory when other supplies, such as ink or toner, are depleted.
Universal Serial Bus. An input/output (I/O) bus capable of data
transfer at 12 megabits (1.5 megabytes) used for connecting peripherals
to a microprocessor. Typically, each device connected to a computer
uses its own port. USB can connect up to 127 peripherals through a
single port by daisy-chaining the peripherals together. USB devices may
be hot plugged, which means that power does not have to be turned off
to connect or disconnect a peripheral. It is expected that USB will
become a primary means of connection in IBM-compatible PCs. Most major
hardware, software, and telecommunications providers support USB.