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Positioning a FAX and an Answering Machine

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by W. Watson, May 31, 2007.

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  1. W. Watson

    W. Watson Guest

    It appears that a FAX machine wants to be first in line when using the two
    devices in Subject. Is there some way of changing that? Our devices are in
    two different rooms, and it would be difficult to put the FAX first.
     
  2. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    This is a classic problem I've seen before. You need is to add
    the distinctive ring feature to your phone service. Most modern fax
    machines will have a setting for this function.

    I have seen distinctive ring on a few answering machines though such
    is less common.
     
  3. JeB

    JeB Guest

    i suppose you can try a splitter at the fone line and run separate
    lines to each machine from there. I presume u will want the
    answering machine to pick up after several more rings than the
    setting for the fax.
     
  4. Most FAX machines have a built in FAX/Phone detector switch which is the
    reason.



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  5. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    What they lack is a ring generator ...

    FAX machines answer the call and attempt to detect the negotiation tone.
    If the tone is detected, the FAX activates.

    If the tone is not detected, the output telephone jack on the FAX machine
    gets
    the line, sans ring voltage. An answering machine connected there will not
    seize
    the line because of the lack of ring voltage.

    You need either a separate FAX number / line or the distinctive ring
    feature.
    A FAX machine with this feature will look for a ring cadence before
    answering
    the line. Having distinctive ring will allow you to leave the house wired
    in a
    loop as they typically are rather than creating a home run to the FAX
    machine first.
     
  6. On mine, the answering machine picks up first, but the FAX tone has the FAX
    grab the line from the A/M and handle the call.
     
  7. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    Does that mean your answering machine records the tones or does your
    outbound
    message talk while the FAX is negotiating?
     
  8. Usually the A/M is speaking while the fax is grabbing the line so no
    problem.


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