I recently ordered a select ring tone service for my fax machine. I was told by the phone company to purchase a splitter for my regular phone line and plug both the phone and fax into that splitter. I was given a new phone number for the fax and although it does not have a separate line - when the fax number rings it will have a different ring tone and I will know not to answer the phone. So far as soon as the regular phone rings the fax instantly picks up. The phone company told me I need to change the ring leader on my fax machine. How do I do this so that this select ring tone will work on my panasonic DP-2330 copier / fax machine? How do I keep the fax from picking up when the regular phone rings while using the splitter?
Call your phone company to sign up for service. Ask for an additional line with a "distinctive ring." The additional line is for your fax machine---whenever you hear the distinctive ring you'll know that a fax is coming through. Get voice mail service on the regular phone line as well.
Purchase a two-jack phone splitter (sometimes called a wall jack adapter) that allows two cords to plug into the same phone line. Plug it into the phone jack in your wall.
Run a phone cord from both machines into the wall adapter. Test the system by calling both your regular phone number (assure it rings and the voice mail picks up) and your fax number to see if the fax machine picks up (you'll hear a set of strange beeping tones).
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