05-10-2011 09:25 AM
I have been having a very difficult time finding a list of machines that will do TRUE scan to email. I'm not talking about where you do a scan and then it's sent to a PC to be emailed out. I'm talking about setting up SMTP on a network connected scanner, and scanning to an email address without using a PC.
I know certain models will do this, such as the HP 8500 A909n or A909g. I also know that the A909a model does NOT have this functionality, although the documentation is extremely misleading. I have seen several posts on this matter from people who bought machines based on documentation, only to find out you need to use a PC to do the scanning.
I think HP calls it "HP Direct Digital Filing." to have this capability. But after extensive searches, all I have been able to do is find some manuals that say "Some models only" for DDF, and it's never listed which models it applies to. I even do a comparison between products and I can't find anything.
I'd really appreciate it if someone could assist in this matter. I just want to know a good way to tell which machines have this capability. Seems like a very important detail to omit.
05-16-2011 12:02 PM
Kind of sad, isn't it? No one is really sure about this. I don't know if it's greedy marketing or just terrible documentation. In any event, the number of people that have bought scanners that don't serve the purpose they were purchased for is a problem. Either I have to painstakingly spend a ridiculous amount of time researching the scanner to see if it will do what it promises (and then cross my fingers) or I tell people to go buy a Brother. Which choice do you think a busy worker is more inclined to make?