Quick guide to setting up fax reception to email. This assumes a NAND to SD transfer has already been performed. And an extension (in this case 1000) has been created.

1) Add a mail server to the unit but selecting this in the ‘Add-ons’ Page and ‘Apply Changes’.

Note: This operation can take a long time to finish.

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2) (Optional) If you want support for receiving faxes to pdf then you should add the libtiff-tools package. This can be done by executing the following command from SSH (for this you can also try the Java SSh through FreePBX).

Code:
apt-get install libtiff-tools
3) Next fax detection should be enabled in Dahdi. This is done manually by editing lines in ‘/etc/asterisk/chan_dahdi.conf’. The modification is uncommenting the first faxdetect=incoming line in the file. Or the following SSH command will modify the file accordingly.

Code:
sed -i "s/;faxdetect=incoming/faxdetect=incoming/" /etc/asterisk/chan_dahdi.conf
4) You first want to enable fax on a particular extension. To do this you enter an Extension in FreePBX and enable fax reception in the ‘Fax’ section.

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5) Finally in the ‘Inbound Routes’ screen under the ‘Fax Detect’ section answer ‘Yes’ to Detecting Faxes and then set the destination to one of your extensions.

Note: For this type of behavior you will need to enable DIDs per extension as fax machines can’t typically traverse auto-attendants and dial extensions.

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6) Now it is time to test a fax to the DID. An email containing the fax should be delivered to the address specified.