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I have a ComSwitch 5500. I have an incoming separate phone line for a fax machine. I have a distinctive ring (double ring) for another phone number coming in on this fax line. This phone which is located on a different floor in the building has a built-in answering machine. When someone calls the number for the voice phone, if it is not picked up quickly, it goes to the fax machine. If it is not picked up at all, it also goes to the fax machine. It does not ever go to the answering machine. I would like to set up the ComSwitch to fix this problem so we can get messages on the anwering machine. I think the way it is described in the manual does not work because the ComSwitch only recognizes a double ring for the fax machine, whereas mine is a single ring. My phone company says that this cannot be changed. The tech support at Command Communications had told me that it could be programmed to work in this situation but they would have to walk me through it; that was about a year ago. Now that I have everything set up to work like this, I call them for the walk-through and the number is disconnected and the web site is gone. Can you help me?

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Since there is no access to a manual to see how to switch the set up on the com switch the I'll tell you the simpliest thing to do. First let me explain. The switch only counts rings and timing of the rings. That is how it knows if it's a double ring. However it doesn't know which is plugged into the jack. So the simplest thing to do is to plug the phone line into the jack that says fax and plug the fax into the jack for the phone and it should send it on to the right place then without changing the setup.

If you have the manual and want to post the instructions for set up in there perhaps we could tell you how to change the setup. However I would try this easier way first.

You might also be able to set up your fax to pick up ONLY after the THIRD ring if it has that capability in it's setup. The answering machine will count the double ring as two rings btw. and if you have that set to pick up right away, which can be a hassle when you're there as you'll have to stop it each time, the fax won't pick up until after the answering machine does.

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