Email-to-Fax Server is a windows application that send email attachments as faxes and also sends faxes received as email attachments to a specified address or addresses. The user can configure the server using an xml configuration file. The program is developed in C#.
Details of the Project
Email-to-Fax Server is a windows application that does the following:
- Sends email attachments as faxes.
- Sends faxes received as email attachments to a specified address or addresses.
It obtains emails from a POP email account and sends the emails' attachments as faxes to the fax number specified in the subject line. It uses a SMTP account to send faxes received in the windows machine as email attachments. The user can configure the server using a standard Spring xml configuration file. The program is developed in C# and uses the internal Windows's Fax services as its foundation.
The program also serves as a sample Spring.net application.
How to use
You need to create an email account for Email-to-Fax Server. To send email attachments as faxes, you and your users will send emails to this email address with the destination fax number in the email's subject line (e.g. (555)222-5656). The program will remove any non-numeric characters from the subject line, so you can format your number as you wish.
To use Email-to-Fax Server you must:
- Install the windows faxing services included in Windows. Use Windows components Add/Remove to do that.
- Configure the fax services in Windows. This is usually done by right clicking the "Fax" icon and then going to "Properties" in the "Printers and Faxes" folder. As of the current version, the name of the fax to be used must be "Fax".
- Edit the applicationContext.xml file found in the "Configuration" folder.
The configuration file tells the program the POP settings to use for receiving the emails that will be sent as faxes and also the SMTP settings to use for sending received faxes. A list of the configuration values is shown here:
- SmtpServer: this must be the address of your smtp server that will be used by the program to send emails.
- SmtpPort: The port number of the above smtp server.
- PopServer: this must be the address of your POP server that will be used by the program to receive emails.
- PopPort: The port number of the above POP server.
- Username and Password: the POP username and password of the email account of the fax server where users send their email to.
- FaxServerEmailAddress: The email address where users send their email to to be faxed.
- ReceiverEmailAddress: the email address where incoming faxes will be sent to.
- DeleteMessagesOnServer: true or false. If true, it will delete the emails received in the fax server's email account once they are ready to be faxed.
- ReceivedFaxEmailSubject: The subject line of the emails sent containing any incoming fax.
- ReceivedFaxEmailContent: The text body of the above mentioned email.
- RunEverySeconds: Specifies the interval in seconds when the program will check for new emails.
- ReceivedFaxesFolderPath: the folder path (absolute) that stores the received faxes as you specified when configuring the Windows Fax Services.
- ValidDomainName: The domain from which your users can send faxes from. Any email sent from an email address with a different domain will be rejected and NOT sent.