Answering machine software

October 21, 2009 at 04:25:02
Specs: Windows XP
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.

Thanks.


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#1
October 21, 2009 at 05:56:29
I don't know if this one will work with DSL but I am using an older version of it with VOIP. Has worked well for a number of years.

There is a free trial version so you have nothing to lose.

http://www.avanquest.com/USA/softwa...


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#2
October 21, 2009 at 06:11:20
If have DSL service you will need a filtered line going to your
answering machine telephone modem and an unfilterted line to
your internet modem.

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#3
October 22, 2009 at 08:28:52
Thank you very much. I'll try VOIP.

Concerning the second reply, I don't know how I'm supposed to get or install filtered and unfiltered lines when you say:

"You will need a filtered line going to your answering machine telephone modem and an unfilterted line to your internet modem."

I don't have and don't intend to get a separate answering machine. I'm talking about the kind that can be downloaded and installed on a computer - an answering machine software.

Thanks.


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#4
October 22, 2009 at 08:57:07
I just downloaded the VOIP Classic Phone Tools but I cannot complete the installation because they're asking for a serial number. Where can I get that?

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#5
October 22, 2009 at 10:50:22
"You will need a filtered line going to your answering machine telephone modem and an unfilterted line to your internet modem"

What he means is, you need an analog modem (in addition to the DSL modem) installed in your computer. Then you need to connect a DSL filter in line between the phone jack and the input to your analog modem.

You need to go here - http://www.avanquest.com/ and purchase the software in order to use it.


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#6
October 22, 2009 at 15:58:22
You did not download the trial version. The link I provided has a trial version. If it works OK then pay for it and get the install key. Otherwise it will only work for a limited time.

VOIP is Voice Over Internet Protocol. You have DSL, which is different. You do need filters on some equipment.

Do you have the proper type internal modem installed? Not all modems work with answering software. You need a Telephone Answering Device TAD that has telephone/Fax/ Answering capabilities. The link below states it will work with the software I previously linked.

http://www.pacificgeek.com/product....


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#7
October 22, 2009 at 16:36:57
Barb

When installing the software there is a button called evaluation below the box for the serial number. Chick on that and it will allow you to install.


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#8
October 22, 2009 at 16:49:57
Thank you very much.

I'll try all the above and see how it works.


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