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No dial tone

I have checked my phone line and it's OK. After connecting to my MFC, all I get is a light static sound when I push the Hook button. What can I do?

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Hello I am a little confused from your brief description, I am in the U.k. and we suffer similar problems to what you are telling me.
I you have more than 4 phones in one property then the REN system fails as too much power is being drawn.
Have you thought of this? if it is a possiblity then trt disconnecting the least used phone, also are all phones filtered?
Hope this FixYa's problem!
Paul 'W'

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