|What answering machine software can I use for DSL?|
I'm looking for an answering machine software that works with DSL connection to identify callers and record messages or just record messages if it can't identify callers.
I have tried quite a few from download.com but have not found any that works for me. Any suggestions out there?
I used Callwave before, when I had dial-up connection, but I no longer use the service. I want an answering machine software that I can buy right away and own instead of using subscriber service like CallWave which requires monthly payments.
And if I can get a free one, that's fine also. I have seen all kinds of free softwares on download.com and elsewhere. But I don't know if I can find the kind I'm looking for. That's not even the problem - I can buy one if I can find the right one.
After switching from dial-up to DSL, I have continued to use the same phone line to receive calls on my telephone and go online at the same time without disconnecting my phone. I don't have a dedicated line but, instead, use a line splitter which works fine with DSL connection without requiring a separate line.
All the answering machine softwares I have tried from download.com and elsewhere don't work for me. Nothing shows up on my desktop to identify callers when calls come in, and nothng is recorded. All calls go straight to my phone which rings as it normally does and I have to answer calls as I have always done: from the phone itself. The answering machine softwares have done nothing for me; it's as if they have never been installed on my computer.
Is there an answering machine or caller ID software I can use with DSL connection? I need an answering machine that does not require me to have caller ID service with my phone company (AT & T). I don't have such service. I know I can subscribe to that but I decided not to. I thought there are answering machine softwares which don't require that and which can identify callers and record messages without necessarily having caller ID service with your phone company.
I even tried one free software, Call Center, a caller ID which is supposed to have been specifically designed for Windows XP, the operating system I use, but it did nothing for me. May be that's because I don't have caller ID service with my phone company.
I don't know if the problem has to do with my sound card or with my modem. All I know is that I can play music and even videos on my computer from many web sites including youtube.com. So I don't know what's blocking the answering machine softwares from working on my computer, if anything is blocking them at all.
My computer is Dell Dimension 4300.
I would appreciate some help.