Got a strange request from a user - should I reply?

Hi, I'm not really sure where to post this but I don't see any other place for this sort of question, so I'm posting here. I just got a request from a user to do an interview and was going to reply yes but thought I'd check out the user first to see if they were legit. They just signed up today and don't have any history at all. They asked if they could call me on a land-line. I happen not to have one which sort of thwarts the idea all-in-all, but I'm still curious if anyone else has encountered this? Thanks.

Posted by Printy 5 years ago


56k modem SMS server?

Is there any server software that would allow me to use a 56k modem to send and receive text message to a landline for free?

Asked by nfarrow 4 years ago


how do i disconect my text to landline? its charging people?

I do not want text to landline

Asked by 9 years ago


Disconnect an incoming call in a landline phone

Why is it possible to disconnect an incoming call in a mobile phone while the same is not possible in a landline phone?

Asked by ideepak 9 years ago



Intercom landline phone network?

Hi, me and my friends would like to get an answer of how we could make an intern network with tree or more landline phones.

Asked by sunes13 7 years ago



How can I use landline phone to turn on my pc after n number of rings? Answered

A device will be connected to the landline phone and after a number of rings will push the power button on my pc.

Asked by 9 years ago


How might I call another phone on the same landline?

Just wondering if there was a way to make the other phones in the house ring using a landline with no call waiting. I live with my elderly grandparents who can't always make it up the stairs to get a hold of me...

Asked by 9 years ago


use a landline telephone, speakers, a mic, and a computer to go online with dial-up

Would it be possible to use a landline telephone, a computer with speakers and a microphone, and a software program to connect to the internet with dial-up? there are multiple free dial-up numbers available, so if I called with the phone, and used the computer to emulate an analog modem and listen to the response with the microphone, would I be able to get online? if so, does anything like this already exist?

Posted by tyeverett4949 2 years ago


Home automation: doorbell analog door phone intercom?

Answer doorbell with home phone: I would like to create a setup in which a visitor rings the front doorbell that rings our home phones.  When we answer a phone it will act as an intercom so we can communicate with the people outside the front door.  There is no doorbell system in place so I am essentially starting from scratch.  I'd prefer doing this in an "analog" fashion since we are in a rural environment with unreliable power and no cell reception.   Basically, I want to know if there's an easy/affordable DIY alternative to the several hundred dollar door phone systems I see available for sale. I would also like to install a remote electric door strike so I can lock/unlock the front door via our landline. New phone shopping: I need to buy a new home phone system anyway, since my mom only uses the speakerphone on the handsets and callers complain they can't hear her well.  Features I'd like: --Power back-up operation (handsets work even in a power-outage) --"Eco-Mode" where it consumes less power when you use it closer to the base --Excellent speakerphone on handset --Long battery life out of charger --Lightweight, easy to hold/grip handsets with large easy to press buttons and clear display There's several Panasonic models I've looked at that seem to fit the bill.  I'll admit I was initially tempted by the new Vtech video doorbell phone, but there's many characteristics about the actual phone/handsets that would make it difficult to use. I wondered if getting a Bluetooth-enabled phone would be advantageous if a handsfree calling device could be connected, just like in the car but for the home phone.  But I don't know how to do that, if it's possible. Just thought I'd mention the new phone shopping in case someone has any advice on best selections based on current home automation desires.  

Asked by Pompom 4 years ago


How to connect a landline to Mac on OS X?

---The Problem---- I've searched high and low for something that will allow me to connect my normal landline (see links at bottom of post) to my MacBook Pro (2.16GHz core 2 duo, on OS X Snow Leopard).  The landline is my work landline, so I can't change it. I really just want to connect it to my Mac through its "To TEL" port, which according to the manual is for connecting phones in parallel. The minimum I want to be able to do is get audio from the landline to my computer's speakers and audio to it from my computer's speakers. My goal is to be able to work handsfree on my computer while I type. I'm not keen on a headset for the landline because I hate cables and get tangled up while I type. If I get my voice routed through to the phone through the Mac's microphone and sound to come out through my speakers from the caller's voice I'd be jumping for joy. I'd be rocketing for joy if through some way I managed to use an AppleScript I found (see links at bottom of post) to dial out of AddressBook to the landline. That would be tres cool, but that'd be me getting greedy. ----What I've been able to find out (I'm pretty clueless)------ PCs can do this with an RJ11 to USB adapter. There are rumors that the DLink DPH-50U works with OS X with a driver no one can seem to find. Apple stopped making their USB external modems, which didn't cater for voice anyway. I'm willing to buy stuff to make something if I need, although if it comes to writing drivers I'd need a lot of direction. ----The question----- Does anyone have any clever ideas on how to solve the problem? ----Links------ My landline manual: https://support.panasonic.co.nz/docstore/KXT7425_T7433_T7436_T7450%20book.pdf AppleScript to dial from AddressBook: http://forums.macosxhints.com/showpost.php?p=317719&postcount=10 Most thankful in advance for any ideas!

Asked by martellito 8 years ago


Can I connect a cell phone to an old touchtone landline phone?

I want to connect my cell phone to an old 70's touchtone landline phone. Can this be done. I know you can connect a reciever to a cell phone but I miss the old touchtone keypad. Any advice?

Posted by paperseal 10 years ago


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).

Asked by wee_man 8 years ago


Can You use a GPRS with a landline phone?

I have wanted to this but can't find info But what I wanted to do was to set up and Arduino with a GPRS shield but instead of it being the phone I wanted to have it hook up to an old rotary dial phone and have it work like it's plugged into the wall and the arduino/shield would be in a box but the question remains, can that be done or is it not possible?

Posted by Zuma07 1 year ago


Intercom radio network with tree or more old landline phones?

Hi, me and my friends who live at a bording school, wold think it was a lot of fun, if we could make an intercom network so we could speak with each other, we have thought of making the network with tree or more old landline phones. anyone got some suggests?

Posted by sunes13 7 years ago


Bluetooth to landline phone

Hello, I would like to use the bluetooth headset I use with my cell phone for my landline phone at home. There are oodles of instructions out there on how to hack headsets to put them into old phones, I am looking for the opposite. Apparently Jabra used to make something that could have got me started (I believe it was called an A210) but that doesn't seem to be sold any longer. There are some wireless phones out there that incorporate bluetooth, but why add a battery operated wireless phone to a wireless headset - the bluetooth range would give me what I need to stay unencumbered. I have an old cell I could hack apart but I suspect that it would be tricky to get its bluetooth hacked into the analog phone line... Any thoughts? berserk

Posted by berserk 6 years ago


How can I connect two cordless handsets together using the 3/16 jacks?

I have a cit 310 yahoo phone and would like to connect the headset 3/16 jack to a 3/16 jack of a landline cordless phone so I can patch the yahoo call to a cordless landline.? This way someone can call me through yahoo, I can answer on the cit310 then call another friend on my home phone, patch the two together and have a 3 way conversation by using another extension in the house.

Asked by 9 years ago


Landline and mini speaker & microphone : can one use bluetooth mini speakers ?

Hello,Is it possible to use one of those small bluetooth speaker + microphone sold everywhere with a corded phone (cordless but wired to rj11 modem-routeur) to achieve some kind of JABRA-like system ?This is intended for me (light hearing impairement) and my parents.Of course the Bluetooth would not be used as bluetooth but as a "wired" speaker+mic to the phone base (with 3.5mm audio cable as for headset used by gamers..The idea is to get a louder volume than the handset or base of a corded phone can provide.and the problem of sound quality + cuts that arise from this mode of use (listener cans speak but with a delay ...) Please, don't answer me to buy "Jabra" or buy "amplified" dect phone.Just in case, I dream of a mini speaker not bigger than a glass o water connected with a lapel microphone (or replacing the microphone + speaker of my GIGASET handset ...)Any answer and/or suggestion would be appreciated.

Posted by InZo 2 months ago


blutooth telephone

Hi people who are smarter than me! I have been searching the great Google for the past while and I cannot find something that does this. I love the portability of cellphones and i love the look an feel of landlines (you cannot beat the look of a phone on a a desk. What I want is a device that connects to my cellular telephone wirelessly and that a landline can plug into. This means that it must supply about 40 - 60 VDC to power an old phone that DOES NOT HAVE EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY so it could operate a touch tone phone from the 80's and 90's. When I get a call on my phone I want it to ring the phone. When I pick up the handset I want it to answer the call and allow me to talk to the person. When I place a call I want to be able to pick up the handset and then dial a 10 digit number and then it place the call through my cell phone. During the call I want to be able to press a number on the landline and for it to press that number on my phones keypad. when i put the handset down i want it to hang up. Is this even possible? can it be done? let me know! Thanks! scott 

Posted by ScottB7 1 year ago


is it possible to connect an LED to my telephone wiring without cutting or putting out the dial tone?

I decided to tap LED's on the telephone wires,well to my amusement it did light up,but the thing is,as i was trying to connect to the DSL ,it wasn't working.I lifted the landline phone and there's no dial tone.

Asked by cons11 9 years ago


Arduino intruder alarm modification

We have a professionally installed burglar alarm system that dials out (over a dedicated landline) to a monitoring station when an intrusion is detected.  I'd like to modify it to send us an SMS (via the mobile phone network) and/or email (via wi-fi on a different landline) as well, just in case the phone line is cut, and to make sure we get notified immediately - the monitoring station tries to call on the landline first, then it calls our keyholders and the police, which all takes time.  If I'm 5 minutes away and the alarm is triggered, I'd like to know straight away so I can rush home. The alarm company have quoted a huge sum to make this change, because an updated control control panel would be needed to deal with the texting/emailing.  I can't go cutting into their system or it will invalidate the maintenance contract, so I need to pick up when the alarm is triggered without any physical connection.  Short of remotely detecting a current in the cable to the siren (a 12V DC signal, so how would I detect that?) it occurs to me that using Arduino to listen for the siren might be the best bet.  But I'm an Arduino beginner and I have no idea whether it would be better/easier to detect a noise over a certain threshold - the siren is very loud, but the noise from the adjacent road can be pretty loud too - or to try and detect the particular sound frequency of the siren.  All suggestions gratefully received. 

Posted by Yorkshire Lass 2 years ago



Is it possible to duplicate a SIM card? Answered

I want to be able to use my cell phone like a home phone; you know, like keep one upstairs by the bed and one downstairs when I'm in the kitchen. I have a ton of minutes that I don't use, I never seem to have my phone with me when I'm wandering around the house, and I've disconnected the landline. What do y'all do in these cases?

Asked by Lor 9 years ago


What to do with a Vialta Beamer video phone?

So years ago before broadband internet, Skype, and video conferencing for free, there was a thing called a Beamer video phone which used your landline telephone line to do video conferencing between 2 people. So my mom bought 2 of them, mailed me one, and we tried to do video conferencing between PA and FL, and needless to say, it was terrible.  Video was choppy, etc, everything you would expect for video trying to go over a landline phone circuit.  I would sell it on eBay, but it doesn't look like anyone is buying it, so rather than have it take up any more shelf space, I'm trying to figure out what else I can do with it.  I haven't taken it apart yet, but it looks like a 3" LCD screen with a little web camera on it and a microphone, and some kind of circuit board.  The housing is actually very pretty (see picture) with it's glass outside. So what can I do with this thing?  Can I build some type of open source wi-fi video conference station using skype?  Or some type of in-home intercom system with video? The possibilities are seemingly endless, any suggestions are welcomed!!

Posted by ericb1 7 years ago


3G "adaptor" for ADSL Router

I was looking for a 3G Router and I was thinking about the ADSL router I have at home and if I can use the same one with the 3G Huawei card that I have. I don't have a landlines because the telecoms company has no infrastructure where I live.   So would it be possible to have some kind of adaptor that connects to the port where the phone line goes in but on the other end have a USB port that you can plug in the 3G card? There would need to be some kind of electronics/software in between I suppose. Any Ideas on how this can be done or if it can be done?

Posted by kokaine 7 years ago


How to connect adsl with phone extensions

Hi, I have adsl2+  now and trying to set it up. My landline comes into the front of the house into a 3 pronged female connection which also continues to the back of the house about 20 mtrs away I want to take a line off first connection this to another room where I want to use the dsl with an XP desktop. I also want to use a desktop at the end of the extension at the back of the house as well as a fax. I have a splitter which I guess i will use at the back for the fax and the dsl modem. My problem really is how to make the first connection to the first dsl. Would I need a splitter here too? Thanks oz

Asked by ozstar 6 years ago


Circuit board assistance for a beginner (corded phone hack)?

I'm attempting to hack an old corded phone into a two button device in a smaller enclosure. Reason being my apartment uses landline phones to buzz people into the building, and I wanted to see if I could DIY a fun alternative. As it stands the functionality of two buttons is needed - speaker to answer/hang up, and the 9 key to buzz in - but the board itself is larger than the enclosure I had wanted to put it in. Is there a way to get around this? Would it be a matter of having to trace the circuits and physically break off pieces of the board that aren't relevant (keys 1-8, etc), or do I have it all wrong?  Pictured below is the board and the two buttons in question. EDIT: I accidentally circled the key below the 9 key - I'm aware of this mistake. I am a total newbie when it comes to this stuff so if this is a dumb question I apologize in advance. Additionally, if anyone has alternative solutions or suggestions for this issue I would love to hear them. Thanks!

Asked by Flip175 3 years ago


How long can I run a wifi highspeed modem on an AAA battery using RCA cables? Answered

After seeing a hack where someone used RCA audio cable to hook up an AAA battery (either alkaline or NiMH) that would run a television set for a few minutes, I was wondering if the same could be done with a wifi highspeed modem. Two concerns are whether the simplicity of the materials might allow the battery to damage the modem and how long the battery would power the unit before running out. There is a video of the television set procedure here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rA-zhTJuFU The primary reason for using a hack like this would be its simplicity, availability and low expense of materials. The purpose would be to be able to power the modem long enough to grab and reply to vital email and other social media messages in short bursts using a wifi device (such as an iPod) in the event of a power outage. This, of course, is dependent upon whether the landline phone/highspeed internet is still accessible during a power outage.   Two other questions that arise is whether connecting two AAA cells in this fashion will increase the length of time the unit can be powered significantly and whether the increase in power would cause damage to the unit without any other materials and equipment.

Asked by blodefood 4 years ago


Archos 70 250Gb - poor review

I bought the Archos 70 as a replacement for my very reliable (but full) Archos AV700TV. I needed a decent memory that I could use both as back-up storage to my PC, and to show images portably - with nearly 50,000 digital images, this was the 70's "killer app" for me. Web browsing etc was just icing on the cake. As a web browser, it's fine - for ease of use it sits squarely between the iPod and the iPad, and is cheaper than either. The screen is a nice size. However, on it's "killer app", it FAILS. I uploaded my images (9 years' worth) in folders by year, and sub-folders by month. Easy. When I came to use the gallery function, though, it would only show me the first five years' worth. Nearly half my images simply did not appear in the gallery. Going through the "file" tab, I confirmed they were all there. I could even look at a few, but then it would kick me back to the Gallery function, and the images would become invisible to me again. I emailed Archos customer services several times, and got no reply beyond an automatic promise to respond within 2 days. A promise they never kept. On the website, the phone number for tech support is a premium-rate number. Eventually, I had to threaten the marketing department with a poor review, just to get a normal number for tech support. (By the way, that number is 0207 949 0115, and is charged at your normal (UK) landline rates) In the mean time, the gallery function failed completely, and I got alerts telling me the bluetooth function wasn't working (I hadn't switched it on), and that the device is running out of memory (there are currently 230Gb free). When I eventually spoke to a human being, he was as helpful as he could be (no problem with the call-centre's work, it's the higher-ups via email that are a waste of space), except that the firmware version installed on the device (2.3.6) is apparently one that has never been installed on Archos 70s (it should be 2.4.19), so he could offer no help over the phone, except try and update the firmware, and if that doesn't work, re-format the hard drive and start again from scratch. Now, after three attempts the correct firmware is now apparently installed, but the faults all remain. I am reduced to formatting the whole thing and starting from scratch and if this re-install doesn't work, I shall be demanding a refund.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


DIY Disasters Challenge

Check out the Destination DIY segment featuring Depotdevoid and Aerospaced here: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/destination-diy/id266173213 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!! We’re excited to announce the winners of the DIY Disasters challenge! Depotdevoid won for his story about a disastrous home plumbing repair and Aerospaced won for his story about a thermite reaction gone wrong. Both of the winners’ stories will be featured on an upcoming episode of Destination DIY. To keep up with show production and air times, please visit http://destinationdiy.org, where you can sign up on the mailing list (http://www.destinationdiy.org/joinmailinglist.html). You can also follow along on Facebook (http://facebook.com/DestinationDIY) or twitter (http://twitter.com/DIYgirl).  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Destination DIY is a public radio show and podcast based in the creative hub of Portland, Oregon. This hour-long, documentary-style show includes stories from around the country about innovative, creative people. Our last season of shows included themes such as “DIY Economy,” “DIY Rituals,” and “Representing Yourself.” For more information or to listen to some of our past shows, please visit http://destinationdiy.org To kick off our next season of shows, we’re putting together an episode called “DIY Disasters”. Here’s where you come in. We want to hear your best DIY disaster story. Did you have a project that went wrong in more ways than you thought possible? Did you start something and realize you were in way over your head? When did you realize you had a DIY disaster on your hands? Have you ever sustained an injury while attempting a DIY project? These can be funny stories or scary ones or even sad ones. For the purposes of our show, a DIY project is pretty much anything that someone does without the help of a large institution. We’ll choose the best stories to be featured on Destination DIY later this year. Featured stories will be produced by a radio professional, who will interview you and help to tell your story on the air. You’ll also get some sweet Destination DIY swag like buttons and stickers along with bragging rights.   DEADLINE: July 10, 2011 ENTRY RULES: your story in 300 words or less - include images if you like.  The more evidence the better!! - Your entry should be a comment on this post.  Click the orange ADD COMMENT button at the bottom of the post to enter.  Commenting on other peoples stories by clicking REPLY with your own story WILL NOT COUNT AS AN ENTRY.  You are of course allowed to comment on other peoples posts (we encourage it!!), but to enter you must have your own original comment on the forum topic.  - please include at the top of your entry your name and location (country or state), we will accept entries from anywhere but you must have access to a landline phone or skype  - Limit 2 entries per person. Each entry should be its own comment. PRIZE: a chance to be featured on Destination DIY!!!!!

Posted by Carleyy 7 years ago


Eee, when I were young...

In no particular order...We had a single telephone in the house, landline, rotary dial, and several neighbours didn't have that.One TV in the house. CRT, 15 inch screen.Only three TV channels.They weren't on all night. They weren't even on all day.Black and white, all the way - TV, camera filmOnly two transistor radios in the house, running off 9V batteries the size of my fist.Most stations were on AM & LW bands. Commercial stations broadcast from "abroad".One record player in the house, which still have a position on the speed selector for playing 78rpm discs.Headphones the size of scotch eggs were the norm, not a fashion statement.No mobile phones at all.No game systems.No hand-held units.No home computers (the ZX81 came out when I was 14).The internet wasn't even a pipedream.The largest libraries had microfiche.Foreign holidays were a luxury - the only £10 trip was a one-way ticket to Australia.I did not see a black man in the flesh until I was 13. Oriental later the same year.Seat belts were not only optional, they were often not fitted.Ladders were toys, not a risk to life and limb.No speed cameras. Speed traps involved measured distances and policemen with stop-watches.No central heating.No double glazing.No catalytic converters.Petrol had lead in it, but only cost pennies a gallon.If you spent an hour in London, your snot turned black. If you spent a day there, it stayed black for a week."CCTV" was just a random collection of consonants.Old factories were called "derelict", not "industrial heritage", and kids called them "playgrounds".The bombsites were still blamed on Hitler.Russia was still Soviet, and old folk thought of them as allies.Hospitals smelled of carbolic soap, and the only infections came in with the patients. Nurses had starched collars and pink-scrubbed hands.I was the only child with asthma in a school of 400.Nobody was allergic to anything, except powdered eggs.Terrorists all had Irish accents, and telephoned the police to tell them where the bombs were.Nuclear power was going to give us free electricity in only five years - just in time to power the robot maid.Nuclear war was a genuine fear.The Falklands War was news, not history.You could hitch-hike and expect to arrive at your destination alive.Alcoholism was a hobby, not a disease.Lager was for poofters, cider was for girls.Nobody knew how to play basketball, baseball or ice hockey, and football was only ever played with a round ball. The nearest thing to "protective clothing" in sport was a goalie's gloves.Rollerskates had wheels on the corners, and strapped to your shoe.Banks were as trusted as the police. The police were trusted.Policemen were tall.Emergency vehicles went nee nah nee nah! (except for the ones with bells).Flared trousers were original.Science fiction had ray guns and robots, and spacemen were spacemen.You could travel ten miles and find people who spoke a different dialect (not just a different accent).Kids who misbehaved in school got sent to the head for a caning, instead of to the doctor for a tablet.Health and safety meant "don't do anything daft", and if you fell off a roof and broke your leg it was your own damned fault, not the fault of the roof-owner for not warning you about the drop, and nobody sued anybody.Gay meant "happy", and camp meant "in tents".Teachers that hit you were firm professionals, not dangerous perverts.The phrase "two car family" hadn't been coined....and I didn't feel quite so old.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago