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When someone calls you and your phone behaves this way, does the caller get disconnected? The phone may be causing this, but it may also be due to trouble in the telephone line itself. The trouble is caused by defective wiring, a partial short circuit. When you pick up your phone to call out, the voltage on the phone line is low and it works normally. When you get an incoming call, a high voltage is sent to ring the phone. Because of the partial short, the phone company's equipment thinks you've answered the call as soon as the ringing starts. But you haven't picked up the phone, so the phone company's equipment thinks you've hung up and disconnects the call. The result is that short burst of ringing.
Disconnect the cordless phone base unit from the line and try another phone. If you still have the trouble this confirms the line is at fault. You'll need to contact your phone service provider for service. If it's in the outside wiring, they're responsible for repair. If the problem is in your home wiring, you may need to pay them unless you have a wiring maintenance plan.
If the problem goes away when the cordless base is disconnected, then it's time for a new phone.
On our side of the pond, this often means there is water in the line somewhere. High dampness coupled with insulation that has degraded can cause low resistance paths. This usually doesn't cause any problem when you place a call, although it can sometimes cause crackling or other noise. But when someone rings your line, a high voltage is sent to operate the ringer. The low resistance then makes the telephone equipment think you've answered, but since your phone is still hung up it then disconnects the call. Sometimes the phone may not even ring, sometimes it gives a little peep or even a whole ring.
This problem may be due to damage to a telephone jack in your home. I've seen it caused by water when someone was cleaning the floor, and also when a jack near a window was soaked during a storm. The trouble may also be in the outside wiring, which should make it the responsibility of BT to repair. It's also possible, although rare, for a dodgy phone to cause this if there's a problem in its ringer circuit.
Hope this gives you some help in locating the cause and fixing it. Thanks for using Fixya!
First try dialing 73#. Also try *73. Depending on you phone company, one of those will cancel call forwarding if it was inadvertently set. If that doesn't solve your problem unplug any answering machines or cordless phone base units that have an answering machine built in. Also unplug any fax machines or computers that are connected to the phone line. If this solves the problem you can plug things back in one a t a time and test to see which item is the culprit.
There are a couple of things to try. First is to check the cable & plug that connect the 1725 to the telephone line. Disconnect the phone line from the back of the answering machine, plug it into a known working telephone, using cell phone (or another land line) call the phone number and see if the phone rings.
If it doesn't, replace the line cord and try again.
If it does ring, check the optioning to make sure it is set for, say 2 rings.
Also, is the telephone line a regular telephone company POTS line or is it one that is being provided by a cable modem? If your phone service is being provided by a cable company, the media converter might not be putting out enough voltage for the answering machine to realize that the line is ringing.
If everything is correct, replace the answering machine.
If you have a distinctive ring pattern activated in the same phone line you will be able to receive fax, Voicemal, and phone calls without disconnecting the fax cable on the All-In-One.
When you have activated a distictive ring pattern.
Then you need to set the rings to answer in your fax machine to The ring pattern which was provied by your telephone company.
In the Menu/Setup>Goto> Basic fax setup> Then> Set it to either double ring or triple ring which ever is aplicable. Then Raise the rings to answer in advance fax setup to 5 or 6 Rings
The rings to answer in you phone or answering machine should be set to 4 (Always lower then that of the fax)
Why don't you consider a separate Phone/Fax switch. It will answer first ring and detect a fax and then ring the fax/printer you can set that to one ring as well, otherwise it ring the answering machine that is plugged into that and you can set that to answer on 3 or 4 rings. Then you have time to pickup phone if you are available.
Thanks what I do. The boxes are about $30 They are fairly cheap.