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How do you set the number of rings before the answering machine picks up?

Our answering machine now picks up on the first ring even after all recorded messages have been played. Operator's manual is missing.

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Here's a link to the manual on AT&T's site:

http://telephones.att.com/telephones_ui/support/dsp_manual.cfm?manualID=284

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If you have an answering machine connected to the same line as the fax, set the answering machine to answer incoming calls before the printer does. Increase the number of rings by a factor of 3 over the answering machine. For example, if the answering machine is set to pick up on 4 rings, set the printer to pick up on 7 rings.

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