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How to connect Brother MFC to dsl modem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by dshahen, Jan 30, 2006.

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  1. dshahen

    dshahen Thread Starter

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    I can't recall how to connect my Brother MFC 5440CN to my computer. The MFC has a fax which I want operational, and I have a DSL external modem. So starting at the telephone jack where do I put the wires to connect MFC > computer > DSL modem.

    Thanking you in advance. I'm so frustrated as I've done it before but not enough to remember how to do it again and I just moved. This time I'm going to tape the instructions to the printer!
     
  2. DBClark

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    Looking at the manual....just plug a phone line in from a wall jack into the MFC's jack labeled (Line), unless you are using an answering machine.(TAD) You need a DSL filter in line with that connection.

    The printer is then hooked up to your computer with either usb cable or parellel printer cable.
     
  3. dshahen

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    I am a bit confused. I take phone cord from jack and plug into printer outlet named line then hook USB cord from printer to computer into printer outlet.....alright i understand that....what about the DSL modem? what gets hooked from where into it?

    thanks
     
  4. DBClark

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    As far as the DSL modem is concerned...there is no connection from the modem to the printer.

    Are you using the computer and modem now? Or do they need to be connected?
     
  5. dshahen

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    I am using the computer now and it is connected to the DSL. I can print from the computer to the printer. I am just unable to fax from the printer (i am not referring to PC faxing). It is something I have done for the past year but since moving I cannot remember how to reconnect the same way.
     
  6. DBClark

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    The line from the wall jack, with a DSL line filter, should give you faxing capabilities.
     
  7. dshahen

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    are you saying i need to use a double jack so i have an unfiltered phone line running to my DSL modem and a filtered phone line running to my printer?
     
  8. DBClark

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    You hook your mfc up to a regular phone line, just as you would a regular telephone! Do you have any line filters left from your DSL install kit. Without the filter, a call/fax will interfere with you internet connection,
     
  9. dshahen

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    yes i have a filter available and it is connected to the phone jack that goes to the printer/fax machine
     
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    I'm now getting somewhat confused. If you did or now have it connected to the phone jack on the wall, with a filter installed....is it now working or not? If the line is good then you should be good to go! NO?
     
  11. dshahen

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    No I didn't get it operational. I did end up getting a new printer though for other reasons. Thank you for the help.(y)
     
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