Once again we are being pestered by automated calling. 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 call list.
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 Pi.