The Brother MFC model all-in-one printers are capable of making copies, printing documents and receiving faxes. A convenient feature of the machine is setting it to automatically detect if an incoming transmission is a fax, automatically answer and print the fax. However, if you prefer to answer incoming calls yourself, you can set the Receive Mode to Manual. You then manually send incoming fax transmission to the machine.
Press the "Menu" button on your Brother fax machine.
Press the "0" button on the number pad. Then press the "1" button.
Press the down arrow button to navigate through the Receive Mode options on the LCD screen. Stop when you get to "Manual" and press "OK."
Press "Stop/Exit" on the control panel.