Full Form of FAX is FASCimile. Sometimes it is also called as telecopying or teleFAX. It is transmission of scanned documents (text or images) over a telephone line from one party to another party.
Let’s understand in simple terms how it works. Let’s says you have a document and you want to send the copy of this document to someone who lives far away from you. To send this document using FAX you as well as the person to whom you want to send the document copy should have FAX machine and also both of you should have a telephone number and a telephone line connected to the FAX machine. To send the copy of the document to other person, you place the document on your FAX machine and then dial the telephone number of the person using your FAX machine. Once connected you press the button on your FAX machine to transmit the document and then it gets printed on that person’s FAX machine. You are changed the same amount by your telephone operator which you would have been charged for a voice call to that person using the same number and for the same duration.
Technically it works like when the document is scanned by FAX machine, it converts it into its corresponding bitmap and sends it to the other FAX machine through telephone line. The receiving FAX machine converts the coded image and starts printing it on the paper.
When you read this, it may sound something useless now a days as now we have much better technologies to transmit the images/documents over internet. As an example instead of having separate FAX machines, now you can just scan the document using your mobile camera and send it to someone using MMS, whatsapp and many other application which is much cheaper and better quality than FAX technology. Yes, it is true but before the time when internet was not so common, FAX was very much popular and but now with better emerging technologies it has lost his charm.
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