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Home Dial-In Server Answered

I'm trying to set up a home dial-in server. I'd like it to have these features: -Runs from DOS -Can answer on the fourth ring -If no one is home, can redirect the call to the answering machine if it does not detect a computer on the other end (I.E. redirect if it doesn't hear computer tones) That last note is especially important. I've looked at the getty series, but it seems that it's only for Linux. Is there a way to do it with Kermit, C-Kermit, or any other of the Kermit programs? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.


. You can use AT commands to determine when the modem answers. Just set the modem to answer on the 4th ring. Transferring to an answering machine may present a problem - you would need to generate a ring signal for the answering machine. . A simple BBS will be easier to use than Kermit, et al, once you set it up. You may be able to find something that has a built-in "answering machine" to handle non-modem calls. . Finding the DOS apps you need may be difficult. Try searching for something like "DOS +archive"

Thanks, useful information, but can you give my some links telling me how to do some of this stuff? :)

. 20-30 years ago, I could have told you how to do it, but I forgot it all. :( . Try searching for "Kermit -frog"

Okay, how about this: This scenario works only if someone is home. The phone rings, they look at the caller ID, and nothing is there, and there is no number, either. (Meaning it's the computer calling) So they press talk and drop it in an acoustic coupler-type handset, and the two computers start talking. Would that work? (It worked on War Games. :) )


Reply 10 years ago

Okay, I know how to make the acoustic coupler, now I just need to know how to use a program (preferrably Kermit) to answer and automatically reply (Like when requesting email or a file)

. I'd have to sit down and play with it before I could give any advice. :( It's been too long. I had to look up the ATS0 command in a prev post (but I did remember ATA heehee).

. If you get a "modem" call from someone, it WILL show their CallerID info, if it is available, just like any other call.
. You could leave a terminal window open and issue an ATA command (ATtention Answer) when you want the modem to pick up the call. That's how we did it in The Good Ol' Days.
. You can control when the modem auto-answers. ATS0=x usually works, with x = number of rings. If you don't want the modem to auto-ans, set x high (but less than 256).
. BTW, most acoustic couplers I've seen were VERY limited when it comes to speed - somewhere around 2400 baud, IIRC.