Faxing over the network minimizes office staff printing and walking to the fax machine to fax documents already on PDF or other digital formats.
Today I am going to guide you on how to setup network faxing with a Konika Minolta BizHub multifunction printer to enable office personnel sending faxes over the network from their windows stations.
To setup network faxing, head on to the Konika Minolta website at:
And download the correct driver for your multi-function printer, mine is a BizHub 458e and the drivers are located at:
Please keep in mind that you might need a faxing module on your MFP in order to use this feature and the physical fax line should be connected to the unit.
Installing the fax driver
Once the driver installation setup wizard starts up, agree to the terms and conditions and press next to continue
The wizard will automatically search the local area network to find any compatible devices to install the driver for and display on the next screen the found devices, you have the alternative to manually define the IP of the device should you need to do so.
Select the device that has the fax module & fax line connected by checking the checkbox next to the correct one (you can always confirm you select the correct one by its IP address), hit next once you have selected them.
The next screen will display the installation summary with the devices to be installed and drivers that will be installed for those devices. Click Install to continue.
The installation will add the drivers, one of them in my case is the Fax driver that will add any printout to the outgoing fax queue.
On the next screen, the installation completed summary will display giving you the chance of renaming the printers if you would like to use a meaningful name, define a default system printer and testing the printing capabilities.
Click Finish to exit the installation wizard.
Testing the faxing capabilities
Sending a fax is a simple as printing any document, I will use notepad to simply print he phrase “this is a fax”, go ahead and click print to bring up the standard print dialog.
Select the Fax driver we just installed from the printer list and click Print
On the “Fax transmission Popup” window, enter the receiver name, the fax number including any prefixes required for outbound dialing and add it to the Recipient list.
You could change other details like setting up the cover page and add more recipients.
Click on OK to send the fax.
Checking the outgoing fax queue
If you would like to check whether your faxes are being sent, browse to the Konika Minolta device web interface and click on Jobs on the left-hand side menu.
Then click on Current Jobs to display the outgoing fax queue.
If the fax has not been sent, you will see it on the queue of faxes waiting to be sent in order, in my case someone was faxing a 119 pages document that left my test waiting for quite a while.
And that’s how you configure a Konika Minolta Bizhub MFP for network faxing, a very convenient option to avoid office staff walking up to the printer to print a document and then walking up to a fax machine to fax it, a whole 15 minutes or more time saving for each document !