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RE: Getting Windoze 2000 to Accept "Smart Ring"

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While you might be correct that a fax modem, etc would may dictate whether
or not it supports something like the distinctive ring feature, it would
still require some sort of software to tell the hardware what to do with a
distinctive ring.

Have you ever used a distinctive ring (aka "smart ring")?  If you have
not, it is basically a second ring pattern that is used on a single line
that allows a second phone number to be used with that line.  The idea is
that the second phone number has a different sounding ring so that a
person (or a fax machine) knows that the call is for/from the second phone
number.  As such, you need to have some way for the fax hardware to "know"
that when the distinctive ring pattern happens, that it needs to pick-up
and start the receiving the fax "process".  In the case of a fax machine,
this is done by settings on the machine (i.e. no software involved).  In
the case of some sort of computer based fax system (i.e. fax modem), then
since you don't have a bunch of buttons to change settings, you must have
some sort of software to change the settings.  In otherwords, if the
hardware is not told what to do with a distinctive ring, then it won't do
anything.  And usually, when you set a fax machine (and I assume fax
modem) to answer faxes on the distinctive ring, then it will not answer
faxes on a regular ring (i.e. it is different than that ability of some
faxes to differentiate between a voice call and fax call, but kind of
serves a similar function) least I believe that was how my fax
machine was when I had a distinctive ring setup a couple of years ago.


Adrian, MI

On Mon, 21 Aug 2006, Dennis Wish wrote:

> Thor
> I believe this is a function of you modem or your fax machine. For example,
> I have my older Brother plain paper fax set up because it has a built in
> voice/fax circuit. When it goes into answer mode, the fax machine listens
> for the fax tone then will switch between fax or send all other signals to
> the answering machine. The same line can be connected to a broadband
> connection, but the broadband signal operates parallel to the phone signal
> so regardless of the connection, the broadband is not interrupted.
> If you have a built-in modem and use fax software then it is a question not
> of the software but of the modem. It is here that any "smart ring" will be
> recognized or another means to interpret he signal is used.
> It's my understanding that almost all new modem cards, external modems or
> all-in-one scanner/printer/fax machines have built in settings to
> differentiate between tone/voice/ and fax.
> I think you are simply looking in the wrong place for your answers and if
> his is an older machine, you might want to check Belkin for a fax/voice
> switch that installs in the line.
> Hope this was accurate. I don't have a dedicated fax line and am with
> Verizon for my business phone. My Brother fax machine determines if he call
> is voice or fax and route he call to either my fax machine, voice mail or
> telephone ringer. Nothing is required of mine except proper maintenance the
> computer and components.
> One last possibility I did not mention is the automatic wakeup if you have a
> built in modem or LAN tied to a router where the computer is set to shut
> down or go into sleep mode if not connected to an active signal such as
> keyboard use or mouse use. In this case, the motherboard setup, if it has
> the feature, can be awakened in response to the LAN signal. You have to set
> this in the motherboard setup. It will look for a signal such as a telephone
> ring to wake up and then go into action. This is a feature of you
> motherboard manufacturer and onboard bias settings so when logging on click
> on either the del key or the F2 function key (as recommended by your
> computer manufacturer or motherboard instructions if you purchased a newer
> motherboard. Once you have set up the chipset, you can follow the
> instructions for your modem, fax card or you fax machine.
> An additional thought - if you right click on the desktop screen and choose
> the last tab associated to your Windows power options features. If your
> motherboard supports hibernate mode, you probably should not use this
> feature since you can't wake up from hibernate then you can set the power
> features to shut off or simply to go into standby mode. I believe that
> standby mode can be awaken, but once you set the software to go into setup
> code, you will need to identify the wakeup signal in the motherboard setup
> generally under the LAN or network settings. If you don't have a book for
> the motherboard, you should be able to obtain a copy from the manufacturers
> website.
> I hope this will help you.
> Best Regards,
> Dennis
>   _____
> From: Avicpeng [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2006 12:37 PM
> To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
> Subject: Getting Windoze 2000 to Accept "Smart Ring"
> Does anyone know how to get W2K to accept "smart ring" on tel lines.  I'm
> trying to eliminate a dedicated line for faxes, I may have to build a server
> that will send faxes on to me as emails.
> Thor Tandy
> Victoria, BC
> vicpeng(--nospam--at)

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