>> And to respond to DLR's concern about the line getting 'answered by >> the wrong machine', the point is that the _box_ answers the call and >> routes it appropriately. 'Distinctive ringing' from the telephone >> company isn't required at all. > Sorry for jumping in, but how do those boxes work? Does the box pick > up the line, waits for a few seconds, and ... > - if it gets a FAX tone, it will direct the call to the fax plug > - if it gets nothing, it will forward it to the phone plug?
But if it's a voice call, will users just get silence for several > seconds, or does the box simultaneously listens to the incoming call > to tell if it's fax or voice, and also play a ring tone so, in case > it's a human calling, the caller thinks the phone is still ringing?
Probably one of the most industry standard boxes over here is the Command CS-5500. It runs about $55.00. Oh, check this out; I can't do that on my laptop :-)
Here's the link to the command comm website operating instructions for the CS550: