I have a single incoming phone line and am currently considering
several options for sharing the incoming phone line between incoming
modem/fax calls which should be directed to my PC running Linux and
incoming voice calls which I want to direct to an answering machine.
I am considering purchasing a modem with voice mail capabilities,
a fax-switch to route the incoming calls, and a combination fax and
sound card to build answering machine capabilites into my Linux machine.
- I wish to leave my home Linux machine on all day so that I can
connect to my Linux account at home from my Sun workstation at work.
- I wish incoming voice calls to be routed to an answering machine or
or to have the Linux machine answer and record incoming calls. I
wish to be able to remotely retrieve the recorded messages (and
perhaps desire some other answering machine features).
- I wish to be able to receive faxes with my fax-modem at home.
- Given that I am purchasing additional hardware, it would be nice if
all components integrated together with some amount of programmability
so that I could build other interfaces to my Linux machine and
interact with it by calling it up from a touchtone phone and have the
machine respond back through "voice" or have the Linux machine call
and give messages to a list of phone numbers.
How are you integrating voice calls, data calls, and fax calls on your
Linux machine? What hardware are you using? What software are you
using? What creative ways are you using the capabilities of these
I'll gladly summarize any responses to the net.
I would appreciate any
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