The set up for this fax machine was quick and simple. Nothing different from plugging in a phone to the land line. I had this out of the box and in use within ten minutes. I have used fax machines so this wasn't a new concept to me. It is very simple to use . You load the document, dial the number you want to call and when you hear the fax on the other end pick up push send. I haven't tried receiving a fax but that's not what I need it for. I plan to use this mainly for sending documents. I guess in this era you need to make sure you have a land line phone ( dial tone) and an outlet nearby to plug this into.