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Two different numbers on the same line means you're paying for "distinctive ring" service. One pattern of ringing for one number and another pattern for the other number. Your fax's owner's manual has the instructions for training the machine to answer on the correct pattern. If the book has disappeared, download it from here:
Either your fax machine is set to answer on more rings then your answering machine is or you dont have the automatic answer key pushed?
Determine how many rings your answering machine picks up on and then change the number of rings to a lower amount on your fax machine. To change the number of rings before picking up the line, press the "menu" key on the fax machine and use the up and down arrows to scroll until you find the "basic fax set up" or the "advanced set up" areas. I am not sure which one will have the number of rings setting. Try looking in both until you find it.
when you see it press "ok" or "enter" get in and change the amount of rings before answering. call your fax machine to make sure it picks up before your answering machine.
Set rings to answer You can select the number of rings that will occur before the fax answers an incoming call. If you are using your machine as both a telephone and a fax machine, we suggest you set the ring count to at least 4 to give you time to answer. TIP: HP 1050 Fax: The Toll Saver function for the Digital Message Center interacts with Rings to Answer. See Toll Saver on page 40. If you have the HP 1050 Fax and have Toll Saver turned on, set the Rings to Answer to 2. 1. Press Menu repeatedly until BASIC FAX displays and press Start/Enter. Rings to Answer will display. 2. Press Start/Enter. 3. Enter the number of rings you want (2-7) and press Start/Enter. The HP Fax rings the set number of times and then answers. It then produces a different sounding ring to alert you to which type of call is incoming. • The additional ring may occur once for a fax call • The additional ring occurs 5 times for a voice call. After the 5 additional rings, the answering machine will answer.
>first run fax test, press set up go to tools menu then select run fax test,all entries should be pass >then check your connections, do you have one line or number for your fax and phone?or a separate line or another number for fax and another number for phone? >let me assume you only have one number for fax and phone.. >check connections, this should be downstream connection, the fax machine using the black phone cord provided by hp should be connected directly to the phone jack using line 1 at the back of the fax and the answering machine or the telephone should be connected to ext 2 or line 2 at the back of the fax...there should be no other devices phone or answering machine connected directly to the phone jack. >next set rings to answer on the fax machine higher than the answering machine...if your rings to answer on answering machine is 4 rings, set the fax to 6 rings...if it is a voice call the answering machine will pick it up at 4 rings then if it detects that it it a fax tone then it will transfer the call to fax. >also check if auto answer is on in your fax >you can check auto answer and rings to answer by pressing set up or menu button on your machine look for it in basic fax settings or advance settings >also check if your voice prompt for your answering machine is not too short there should be like at least 5 seconds after cutting your message to allow the machine to transfer the call to the fax if it is a fax tone.
Press MENU, then enter #06, then press the number of rings before the fax picks up by pressing 1,2,3, or 4 (4 being the maximum number of rings) Press SET, then press MENU again to exit. Best of luck! Greg
After making my post, I went to the official Brothers website for the 4100 FAQs and "Operating Instructions." Here's what I found. Set your 4100 set to the "Fax/Tel" mode. Press "Menu", then the number 2 (Fax), then number 1(Set-up Receive), then number 1 again (Ring Delay). Use right arrow key to increase. Once increased, press the "Set" key. You'll see the message "Accepted." Now press the "Stop" key to exit "Menu." This will now give you up to 4 rings before the fax auto answers. Inorder to send a signal by phone to remote start the fax just follow the instructions I copied directly from Brothers instructions for the 4100: If you answer the call on an extension phone (this is any phone plug into a phone jack on the same line) and hear a beep every 3 seconds (automatic fax) or just silence (manual fax), press *51(remote activation code) on the telephone keypad, wait to hear the Brother machine turn on (chirping sounds) and then hang up. I don't have anyone that can send me a fax right now to test it out. I'll have to try it in the morning. Hope this works for you. THEOH
Depending on the model and make of your machine, there should be an option under the fax settings of the setup menu that will allow you to either increase the number of rings before auto answer (I suggest that you increase it to at least 5 rings to give you time to answer) or that whilst you are available change the answer setting to phone. This will mean that you have to answer all calls but if there is an incoming fax (you will hear the high pitched beeeping sound) before you place the phone back on the hook press the start button.
This should solve your dilema.