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Did anything stop the phones at my house from ringing? Answered

My dad said that one phone call at my house was only indicated by my home-made bed shaker, which he did not know was an indicator of a call. I can't tell why it happened. In fact, I don't think it did because, if my Clarity XL50 didn't give the standard ringing, it would not have turned on the shaker, either.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

8 years ago

That's right. How is your "home made bed shaker" connected to the phone ? There are VERY strict rules about what can and can't be connected, and what load it can present (10MegaOhms) when on hook,

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VirtualBoxer
VirtualBoxer

Answer 8 years ago

Actually, the power for the bed shaker is drawn from the power jack, or the batteries if the power is out. My phone is from a division of Plantronics (http://clarityproducts.com). It has a jack labeled "Bed Shaker."

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

Does everything work right if the bedshaker isn't connected ? Or does the phone system work right if the phone isn't connected ?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

8 years ago

If you're using a land-line, there is a limit to the number of devices that can be run off the same external line. In the UK, they refer to it as the "ring number" - phones have a "ring value", and if the total ring value exceeds the ring number, things stop working properly.

I'm guessing that the bed-shaker was the last device you connected to your land-line, so try disconnecting that first and seeing if things still ring. Keep disconnecting until things start ringing again, or you run out of things to disconnect.

If it's the latter, you'll have to talk to your phone company, but if you do, don't mention your bed-shaker, because you might have blown fuses at their end, or invalidated your warranty in some way that would increase the bill for fixing your line.