How to Receive a Fax on a Canon Pixma Multifunction Printer

A multifunction printer for Windows and Mac systems, the Canon Pixma accepts documents directly from your computer as well as digital photos from a memory card or microdrive. The plain-paper printer also lets you scan and fax documents to a stand-alone fax machines and other computers. Canon Pixma’s fax component is accessible through the device’s control panel. Before accepting faxes from another fax machine or computer, you must manually select the “receive fax” mode on the printer and specify the type of receiving mode you want the fax/printer to use.

Enabling “Receive Fax” Mode

Turn on your Cannon Pixma by pressing the “ON/OFF” button on the printer’s control panel.

Press the “FAX” button on the control panel, then the “Menu” button. The “Fax menu” will appear on your printer’s display. Press the right or left arrow button to select “Receive Mode settings.”

Press the “OK” button.

Press the up or down arrow button to select a receive mode: “Fax priority mode” for receiving faxes and sometimes voice telephone calls with the printer; “Fax only mode” for receiving faxes only with the printer. Use this setting if your Cannon Pixma is on a dedicated phone line and no voice calls are received on the phone line; “DRPD” for a phone line that contains a ring pattern detection service for voice calls and fax calls; or “Tel priority mode” for receiving mainly voice calls on this telephone line and only sometimes faxes.

Press the “OK” button to accept the receive mode. Press the “Back” button to exit the “Fax menu.” The word “Standby” will appear next to the wording “Status:” on your printer’s display panel, indicating that your Cannon Pixma is ready to receive faxes.

Setting the Number of Rings For Receiving Faxes

Press the “FAX” button on the control panel, then the “Menu” button. The “Fax menu” will appear on your printer’s display.

Press the right or left arrow button to select “Maintenance/settings. Press the “OK” button. The “Maintenance/settings” menu will appear on the display. Press the right or left arrow button to select “Device settings,” then press the “OK” button.

Press the right or left arrow button to select “FAX settings. Press the “OK” button. Press the right or left arrow button to select “RX settings,” then press the “OK” button.

Press the up or down arrow button to select “Incoming ring,” if using the “Fax priority mode” or “Fax only mode.” Or select “DRPD: Set FAX ring pat,” if using the “DRPD” mode.

Press the “OK” button.

Press the up or down arrow button to select “Double Ring,” “Short-short-long,” “Short-long-short” or “Other ring type.” Press the “OK” button to accept the ring pattern.

Press the “Back” button to exit the “Fax menu.”

Tips

  • Check your Canon Pixma’s paper tray daily, if receiving a large amount of faxes, to make sure it is full so your faxes can print without interruption.

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