Interface circuit for utilizing a facsimile coupled to a PC as a scanner or printer

  • US 6,894,811 B1
  • Filed: 06/24/1996
  • Issued: 05/17/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/11/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of creating a scanning capability from a facsimile machine to a computer, with scanned image digital data signals transmitted through a bi-directional connection via a passive link between the facsimile machine and the computer, comprising the steps of:

  • by-passing or isolating the facsimile machine and the computer from the public network telephone line;

    coupling the facsimile machine to the computer;

    conditioning the computer to receive digital facsimile signals representing data on a scanned document; and

    conditioning the facsimile machine to transmit digital signals representing data on a scanned document to the computer, said computer being equipped with send/receive driver communications software enabling the reception of scanned image signals from the facsimile machine, said transmitted digital facsimile signals being received directly into the computer through the bi-directional direct connection via the passive link, thereafter, said computer processing the received digital facsimile signals of the scanned document as needed.

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