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Magic Jack does that all in one. Some cell phones will connect to a computer but only to transfer files or in some cases can be used as a internet access modem. Cell phone service providers will offer a answering service or a voice message service. Now regular wired phones can pass thru a computer if it uses a standard modem with a pass thru port. That type of modem will allow you an answering machine service if you want to pay for the software which goes for $29.oo To about $99.oo dollars.

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I have an HP 2510 printer. I cannot use it to fax because once I plug the phone jack into the printer I get a busy signal. If I plug the jack into a phone, it works fine. How do I get the printer to...


Hi irwinbadin,

HP fax products are designed so that other telephone equipment can be connected on the same line as the fax. The unit must be connected first using a two-conductor fax/phone cable like the one that shipped with the HP product. Using a four-conductor telephone cable may cause problems receiving faxes or calls.

There are two different types of phone cables. There are two-conductor phone cables like what originally shipped with the HP fax product and there are four-conductor cables. HP fax products are designed to work with a two-conductor phone cable. Look at the end of the cable and verify that it has only two copper leads or wires. Replace any four-conductor cables with a two-conductor cable. Only two-conductor phone cables should be used to connect the all-in-one to the phone line.

Figure 1: The difference between a two-conductor phone cable and a four-conductor phone cable
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Step one: Connect the phone line to the fax
The fax will have two or three sockets (or jacks) for phone lines. Some of these may have a removable plastic plug in them. These sockets will be labeled with text, To Wall Jack , or with a graphic of the wall jack. See Figure 1 below.

Plug the two-conductor telephone cable that came with the HP product into the telephone wall jack. Then, plug it into this socket as shown below.

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In areas with above ground telephone lines and electrical storms (lightning), it is a good idea to purchase a telephone line surge suppressor and connect it between the telephone wall jack and the fax. This will help prevent damage to the fax from a lightning-caused power surge on the phone line.

Step two: Add other phone-line devices
To connect other telephone devices, use the other socket (or sockets) on the fax. These are identified by text or with a graphic of a telephone and/or computer.

Connect a caller ID unit between the fax and the telephone.
Use the information below that matches the devices you need to connect.

Fax and telephone
Connect a single-line telephone to one of the added sockets on the fax. The telephone will share the same phone line as the fax. See the illustration below.

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Fax, answering machine, and telephone
When a telephone answering machine and telephone are connected, connect the answering machine to the fax and then connect the telephone to the answering machine as shown below.

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Fax and computer modem
To use a fax and a computer modem on the same phone line, connect the fax to the computer modem. The modem socket on the computer may be labeled Line or Wall jack .

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Fax, computer modem, and telephone
To use a computer modem and a telephone with the fax, connect the computer modem to the fax. Then, connect the telephone into the second phone line connector on the computer modem or the third fax socket (if it is available). The image below shows how to connect a computer and a telephone to a fax with two sockets.

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Fax, modem, answering machine, and telephone
The image below shows how to connect a computer modem, answering machine, and telephone to a fax. Connect the computer modem to the fax, then connect the answering machine to the computer, and finally, connect the telephone to the answering machine.
If the fax has three phone line sockets instead of two, some of the devices can be connected to the other phone socket on the fax.

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Hope it helps.

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Jun 27, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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If downloading is going on and some one calls us then downloading gets cancelled . Its irritating...


To solve this problem, you MUST connect the phone line DIRECTLY from the wall jack (wall outlet) to the back of the PC. If the phone line goes to any other device, such as an answering machine or the phone itself, you will be disconnected each time someone calls you, which is the problem you've described.

The phone line should go from the wall DIRECTLY into the modem on the computer into the WALL jack on the modem. You can then run another phone line from the OUT jack on the modem to the phone or an answering machine.

It might help you to visualize it this way:

WALL ---phone_line--- COMPUTER --- phone_line --- PHONE or ANSWERING MACHINE

Another way to think of this is to put the COMPUTER "between" the WALL and the PHONE (or answering machine, whatever you might have). When the call goes from the wall to the computer FIRST, you can't be knocked offline. When the call goes to ANY OTHER device BEFORE it goes to the computer, you CAN be knocked offline.

Best of luck with this; let us know if you have any questions or need more help solving this problem.

Apr 26, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I can't figure out how to set up a voicemail or answering machine


The phone doesn't have an answering system built-in. If you use a voicemail service, you will need to check with the provider for the phone number and then follow their directions to set up your mailbox. If you are connecting a stand-alone answering machine, you will need to daisy chain the devices. Connect the phone cord from the wall jack to the answering machine IN port. Then use another phone cord from the answering machine OUT to the CL2909 TEL port. (If you are using a fax modem (or regular modem), with an anwering machine feature on your computer, then you still want to use this chain method. The data port may not let the computer answer a voice call.)

If you are using a free standing answering machine, after connecting everything together, make sure that you hear a dial tone and can properly make calls. If you do not get a dial tone, replace cables. (I recommend you check that the phone works by plugging it directly to the wall jack before doing a daisy chain of devices.) Turn on the answering machine and set the outgoing message and number of rings as per the directions for the answering machine.

If you have any problems, make sure that the line is good. I use an old rotary phone to check my service connection (at the box since that has RJ-11 connections in my home). You may want your phone company to check if the line is good to your home if the service doesn't have RJ-11 connections. If the problem is in the wiring, check the jacks (loose wire/broken wire) and exposed wiring (missing insulation/breaks). You may need a professional to check in the walls; your telephone service provider will fix this for a fee. If the problem is outside, then the provider will fix it free.

You can get the manual and guick start guide as PDF files from AT&T: http://telephones.att.com/att/index.cfm/product-detail/?ProductID=290 . The links are on the right hand side of the page.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Feb 07, 2011 | AT&T CL2909 1-Line Corded Phone

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How do i connect my hp 1240 fax\printer to my computer


The fax must be connected directly to the wall phone jack. Connect any other phone line devices, such as a telephone or answering machine, to the phone jack on the back of the fax


The phone line cable used to connect the fax must be a two-conductor (wire) phone cable, like the one that shipped with the fax. The fax may fail to send or receive faxes if the phone cable has more than two conductors. To determine how many conductors the phone cable has, look at the end of the cable. Most phone cable connectors are clear and you can see the number of wires

The Rings to Answer setting determines how many times the line will ring before the fax answers. Follow the steps below to change the rings to answer setting.
  1. Press Setup , press 3 , and then press 3 again to access the Rings to Answer setting.
  2. Press the Right Arrow to scroll through the available settings. When the desired number of rings is shown in the display, press OK .


To receive faxes manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Answer the phone like you normally would a telephone call. If the incoming call is from a fax machine, you will hear beeps or fax tones.
  2. Press either Start Black or Start Color to begin receiving the fax.
  3. Hang up the phone.

Jan 15, 2011 | HP 1240 Plain Paper Inkjet Fax

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IT WILL RING BUT GOES TO ANSWERING MACHINE DOES NOT RECEIVE FAX


>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.

Sep 14, 2009 | HP 1040 Plain Paper Inkjet Fax

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How do I use the fax without going thru my computer just as a fax


Issue: How do I connect a telephone, answering machine or computer modem to my machine?
Solution: Connecting the telephone line and external devices to the MX310

Preparing the Machine for Faxing title-bar.gif Typical examples of connecting the machine are described below. The machine cannot send/receive faxes if the connection is incorrect. Connect the machine correctly.

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If the Power Disconnects Unexpectedly

If there is a power failure or if you accidentally disconnect the power cord, the date/time settings as well as all documents stored in memory will be lost. User data and speed dialing settings are retained. If the power disconnects, the following will apply:

bullet_s.gif You will not be able to send or receive faxes or make copies.

bullet_s.gif If a telephone is connected to the machine, you can receive voice calls.

bullet_s.gif Whether you are able to make voice calls depends on the type of your telephone.

sikaku.gif Methods of Connecting External Devices bullet.gif Connecting to an Analog Line t_01522.jpg
(A) Telephone line (analog)

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(A) Telephone or Answering machine

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Do not connect the machine and external devices in parallel to the same telephone line using a splitter (A) . The machine may not operate properly.

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bullet.gif Connecting a Telephone or Answering Machine via a Computer t_01724.jpg
(A) Computer

(B) Telephone or Answering machine


sikaku.gif Methods of Connecting the Various Lines The following are some basic connection schemes that apply when you are connecting to a non-analog telephone line. These are examples and are not guaranteed to suit every connecting conditions. For details, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the network device (control devices such as an xDSL modem, terminal adapter, or dial-up router) you are connecting to this machine.

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(A) Digital Subscriber Line

(B) Splitter

(C) xDSL modem (splitter may be built-in to the modem)

(D) Computer

bullet.gif Connecting to an ISDN Line For details on ISDN connection and settings, see the manuals supplied with your terminal adapter or dial-up router.

Please be informed that you can access Canon's online support site for your printer by clicking here. You can find many solutions to your problems by searching their database once you have navigated to the support page for your model.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If not, reply back with a comment to this thread.
If so, please take just a moment to rate this post. Thanks!

Apr 03, 2009 | Canon PIXMA MX310 All-In-One Printer

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My answering system and my instructions are all in won't pick up


is the incoming phone line plugged into the answering machine directly? the answering machine should then be plugged into the phone. the signal comes through the answering machine then to the phone. you may have the connections reversed on the answering machine. check those connections.

Nov 26, 2008 | GE 27831 2.4 GHz Twin Cordless Phone

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We can't access the telephone and internet at the same time and the computer tells us that the modem is not connected correctly.Also does the splitter need to be connected to the first phone in the line?...


We have no idea how we solved our problem apart from starting the installation over again and following all the instructions VERY carefully!!We now have our Broadband and phone-lines working well.Thanks for your reply.Helen Porter

Jul 14, 2008 | Belkin Computers & Internet

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Recording phone messages on my computer


you might try a phone store but i would just buy an answering machine that will be easier...you might try best buy if they dont have it you may have to order it

May 13, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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Parasonic auto-logic answering machine


Hello, yes it sounds like your trying to connect a "analog device" to a "digital" telephone. If you wish to connect the answering machine to answer your line or lines, you should contact your facilities maintenance department and see if they can "hardwire" your telephone line (your primary phone number), to another jack in your office so your answering machine will work by being placed in "parallel" with your phone system and your primary phone number. If you have more than one phone line (number) you wish for the machine to answer, you will need to ask for a "analog extension" from your digital phone system and have it programmed to ring when any of your roll over lines ring. However, keep in mind the machine can only answer one call at a time, the other simultaneous callers will get a ring no answer until the first caller has hung up. Good luck, hoped to help. CG

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