Help - Fax-Modem-Phone Conflict


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gecko

I have a HP 950Cse AIO printer-fax-scanner.

I want to connect it to my computer modem, which is connected also to
my phone/answering machine strung up thus:

wall>HP950 line-port; thence HP950 phone port>PC Modem-line port;
thence PC Modem-phone port>phone and its answering machine.

My phone's answering machine is set to answer on the 4th ring.
So is my HP950 printer's fax. I think that is the max for both.

If I don't pick up the phone by the fourth ring, I want the answering
machine to record. But the HP950 fax pre-empts that, seeking a fax
signal. All the caller hears is the fax 'screech' signals. Of
course, the phone and its answering machine work just ducky if my
HP950 is OFF.

I thought at one time that I had things connected this way, and all
worked fine. That is, they did not conflict with each. Now they do.
So obviously I have something hooked up differently and wrong.
The one new ingredient here is that my phone and its answering machine
are new.

Anyone see anything I have wrong here?

Thanks

Gecko
 
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C

Calab

gecko said:
I have a HP 950Cse AIO printer-fax-scanner.

I want to connect it to my computer modem, which is connected also to
my phone/answering machine strung up thus:

wall>HP950 line-port; thence HP950 phone port>PC Modem-line port;
thence PC Modem-phone port>phone and its answering machine.

My phone's answering machine is set to answer on the 4th ring.
So is my HP950 printer's fax. I think that is the max for both.

Set the Fax to answer after five rings, or the message machine to answer
after three.

Or better yet, set the fax to NEVER answer, since you want the answering
machine to do the answering.
 
G

gecko

Set the Fax to answer after five rings, or the message machine to answer
after three.

Or better yet, set the fax to NEVER answer, since you want the answering
machine to do the answering.
As I see it:
I didn't want to use NEVER because sometimes when I am not present, I
can get either a fax or a voice call, or both, and so, I would miss
the fax (and I guess fax 'signals' would record on my answering
machine - not good).

If I set the fax to 5 rings, and the answering machine to 4, then the
latter will ALWAYS pre-empt the fax machine, and I will never receive
a fax unless I am present (and I guess fax 'signals' would record on
my answering machine - not good).

If I set the fax to 3 rings, then I would never reach the answering
machine and I will get no messages.

What a catch-22. I just 'know' that I had this setup working fine
when I had the older phone/answering machine. A main difference is
that the old one was analog and the new one is digital. Progress?

Thanks

Gecko
 
G

GHalleck

gecko said:
As I see it:
I didn't want to use NEVER because sometimes when I am not present, I
can get either a fax or a voice call, or both, and so, I would miss
the fax (and I guess fax 'signals' would record on my answering
machine - not good).

If I set the fax to 5 rings, and the answering machine to 4, then the
latter will ALWAYS pre-empt the fax machine, and I will never receive
a fax unless I am present (and I guess fax 'signals' would record on
my answering machine - not good).

If I set the fax to 3 rings, then I would never reach the answering
machine and I will get no messages.

What a catch-22. I just 'know' that I had this setup working fine
when I had the older phone/answering machine. A main difference is
that the old one was analog and the new one is digital. Progress?

Thanks

Gecko

Back in the days before the proliferation of area codes and available
telephone lines, there were electronic switching devices that sorted
out incoming voice calls, communication, FAX, etc. calls. I am sure
that such devices still exist today. One might have to do a Google
search for them.
 
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Calab

What a catch-22. I just 'know' that I had this setup working fine
when I had the older phone/answering machine. A main difference is
that the old one was analog and the new one is digital. Progress?

If it worked before, it was just blind luck. To get two different devices
to answer at exactly the same time would be very difficult to set up.

The only other thing I can think of is that the fax may have the ability to
"snoop"... listen for fax tones without actually picking up the phone. I've
definately seen this functionality so it's a matter of finding out if your
device will support it.
 

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