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Interfacing a robot with landline phones? Answered

What i would like is that i have an answering machine at home that starts after a certain amount of rings. What i want is that when the machine answers the robots listens in and waits for a certain sequence of keys to be pushed. It will then send the tone 1 down the line and somehow i would also like the cal to be ended(but that isn't necessary).

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kevinhannan

Best Answer 10 years ago

there is some software that can do this. essentially you have a modem enabled laptop/pc and plug your phone into that. a call is rcd, the pc counts the rings, answers it with a message, you listen to the message menu and press your key/s as rqd and the software detects those tones and then takes the action you specify. It's been years since I used software like this (about '95), but if you search for something like telephone / telecomms automation software you might get lucky. You could even get a seriously old pc to do this for you - then I was using Win95 with a 10Gb hard drive and 512Mb RAM and lowly pentium. Once you have this set up you can even ditch the monitor. You could pick this up for less than £30. however, the software is designed for industry and so is not cheap.

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wee_mankevinhannan

Answer 10 years ago

Oh that sounds interesting. Funny thing i have a Petium 2 that i could do this with. I go google! Thanks Also thanks everyone else for posting

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kevinhannanwee_man

Answer 10 years ago

I did see on www.download.com there is some free/trial software that will do the job I wrote about earlier - have a look.

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steveastroukkevinhannan

Answer 10 years ago

Unless you are on the same exchange, the chances of the number of rings you "hear" and the number of rings the called number "hears" agreeing are fairly remote I am told.

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kevinhannansteveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

you are right, and it is not even with the same exchange. each telephone device has its own timing circuit and ring-tone. however, that said, when I have my fax-modem on to rcv faxes after x rings, it is usually accurate, but the above statement remains true.

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lemonie

10 years ago

What do you want to do with this? Much of what you say can be handled by a fax modem. If you dial it up it will answer, it will send a tone, hang up and the call ends. L