8 years ago
Last time I looked for a solution there wasn't that much to see, but this
time I seem to have found a useful article:
This uses a Zoom 56k V.92 External USB Modem modem which in the UK is
The nice things are that the drivers are available for the modem plus a
nice additional touch is that the software can be modded to return a fax
tone when an automated (or other unwanted) call is detected.
Allegedly this can result in your number being dropped from the automated
So I am seriously tempted.
Has anyone else tried this setup, with this modem?
Allegedly you can use some WinModems (for our younger readers these were
modems usually used for Internet connections where cost were cut by doing
most of the processing in Windows instead of in the modem hardware. The
downside then was that you got poor performance unless your PC was
particularly powerful. The benefit now is that most voice functions are
available in software on a PC.)
I have a few old modems in the storage pile but they AFAICT are all serial
which requires additional hardware (serial USB converter or serial
port) so buying a new USB modem seems cost justified.
Before I plunge into the purchase, I am asking here to see if anyone has
previous experience of building a call screening/answering machine using a
-- Windows 8.1 on PCSpecialist box