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Distinct ring feature

I already have it set to fax only but it still picks up all calls. The phone company said I need to set the fax machine to have a distinct ring

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There is excellent support here on basic fax setups. You have what is known as "Distinctive Ringing Service". There are pros and cons to the various setups. I assume you recognize the rings and answer only when the ring for the landline talk comes on. The fax will pick up the faxes, and the answering machine will pick up the voice.

Need model number of your fax - google that!

Service manual for your phone.
This link shows various configurations of setting up your phone/fax/answering machine or using an answering service.
Distinctive Ringing Service setup While it is not available everywhere, a distinctive ringing service can be purchased from most telephone companies. With this service, more than one phone number is assigned to the same phone line. Each phone number will ring differently. The main number will ring with a normal single ring and the additional number will ring with a distinctive ring pattern assigned by the phone company.
When a distinctive ringing service is used, set the Rings to Answer to 2 and then follow the steps below to set the distinctive ringing pattern:
  1. Press Setup , press 4 , and then press 1 to enter the Answer Ring Pattern setup of the Advanced Fax settings.
  2. Use the Right Arrow to scroll through the available settings. When the ring pattern assigned by the phone company displays (double or triple rings), press OK .

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Distinct ring function for fax?

Setting The Receive Mode
  1. Press <FAX>, then press <Menu>.

  2. Press <OK>.

  3. Use [<]or [>] to select the receive mode.

  4. Press <OK>.

Aug 13, 2008 | Canon PIXMA MP780 All-In-One InkJet...

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Fax won't answer

If you have an answering machine connected to the same line as your fax:

To make sure the printer picks up incoming faxes, set Auto Answer to On, and then set the printer to pick up after a greater number of rings than the answering machine. For example, if the answering machine picks up calls after four rings, then set the printer to pick up after six rings. This way, the answering machine picks up calls first and your voice calls are received. If the call is a fax, then the printer detects the fax signal on the line and takes over the call.

If you have a voicemail feature associated to the same line as your fax:

Voice mail and fax can share the same telephone line if you subscribe to a distinctive ring service offered by your telephone company. This feature allows you to have multiple telephone numbers on one telephone line. Each telephone number has a designated ring pattern (single ring, double ring, triple ring, or double and triple ring). The different ring patterns let you know which telephone number was dialed, and which device you should use to answer the call.

If you do not have distinctive ring service, then set the printer to receive faxes manually (Auto Answer Off). This setting lets you receive both voice calls and fax calls, but works best if you use voice mail more often. You need to turn off voice mail whenever you are expecting a fax.

I hope this helps.

Should you need further assistance, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center.

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I have a canon mx410 all in one inkjet printer.i need assistance with setting up the fax to a phone line. Thank you Zainy

  • 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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    How do I use use a distinctive ring to separate the incoming fax from the incoming normal calls I want to direct to the answering machine. I am from S. Africa. I am using an all in one Samsung SCX-4521F. I...

    Firstly, you will need to get a 2nd ringtone from your phone provider. Most of them will provide a designated "fax ring" (not a new number) for little or no cost.

    In DRPD mode, you can receive a call using the Distinctive Ring Pattern Detection (DRPD) feature. “Distinctive Ring” is a telephone company service which enables a user to use a single telephone line to answer several different services.

    Using the Distinctive Ring Pattern Detection feature, your fax machine can “learn” the ring pattern you designate to be answered by the fax machine. Unless you change it, this ringing pattern will continue to be recognized and answered as a fax call, and all other ringing patterns will be forwarded to the
    extension telephone or answering machine plugged into the EXT. jack. You can easily suspend or change Distinctive Ring
    Pattern Detection at any time.

    Before using the Distinctive Ring Pattern Detection option, Distinctive Ring service must be installed on your telephone line by the telephone company. To set up Distinctive Ring Pattern Detection, you will need access to another telephone or someone available to dial your fax number from outside (a cell phone will do!).

    To set up the DRPD mode:

    1 Press Menu until “Fax Setup” appears on the top line of the display.
    2 Press the scroll button ( or ) until you see “Receive Mode” on the bottom line and press Enter.
    3 Press the scroll button ( or ) until you see “DRPD Mode” on the bottom line and press Enter.
    4 When “Set” displays on the bottom line, press Enter.
    “Waiting Ring” appears on the display.
    5 Call your fax number from another telephone. It is not necessary to place the call from a fax machine.
    6 When your machine begins to ring, do not answer the call.
    The machine requires several rings to learn the pattern.
    When the machine completes learning, the LCD displays “End DRPD Setup”.
    If the DRPD setup fails, “DRPD Ring Error” appears. Press Enter when “DRPD Mode” displays and retry from step 3.
    7 To return to Standby mode, press Stop/Clear.
    When the DRPD feature is set up, the DRPD option is available in the Receive Mode menu.

    To receive faxes in the DRPD mode,
    you need to set the menu to DRPD;

    • DRPD must be set up again if you re-assign your fax number, or connect the machine to another telephone line.

    • After DRPD has been set up, call your fax number again to verify that the machine answers with a fax tone. Then have
    a call placed to a different number assigned to that same line to be sure the call is forwarded to the extension telephone or answering machine plugged into the EXT. jack.

    • In Tel mode, you can receive a fax by picking up the handset of the extension phone and then pressing the remote receive code Alternatively, you can press On Hook
    (you can hear a fax tone from the remote machine) and then press Start on the control panel of your machine.
    • In the Fax mode, the machine answers an
    incoming call and immediately goes into fax
    reception mode.
    • In Ans/Fax mode, the answering machine answers an incoming call, and the caller can leave a message on the answering machine. If the fax machine senses a fax tone on the line, the call automatically switches to Fax mode.
    • In DRPD mode, you can receive a call using the Distinctive Ring Pattern Detection (DRPD) feature. This option is available only when you set up the DRPD Mode.

    The full user manual for your machine is located here

    Hope that is of help to you :)

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    You have to have either a dedicated phone line just for the fax --or-- pay your phone company approximately $2 a month for a service called Distinctive Ringtone. This service will ring a certain way when you have an incoming fax. You will then configure your fax machine to pick up when this distinctive rington is heard. The ringtone is usually two or three quick rings. Your fax machine's settings will have this setting.

    Unfortunately, you can't just plug your fax machine into your phone line and start sending/receiving faxes. Look through your fax machine's manual regarding the distinctive ring service. Good luck!!

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    Setting personalized ring

    Its called distintive Ring. This is the instructions from the manual -

    If you have Voice Mail or a TAD (Telephone Answering Device) and want to keep
    one of your phone numbers dedicated only to fax calls, you must leave the fax machine
    in MANUAL mode at all times while using the distinctive ring feature. Here’s why:
    Manual mode will never pick up a call by itself, since it is «Neutral ». When the fax
    machine is in this « neutral » mode, the Distinctive Ring Feature can be activated. The
    distinctive ring feature is actually an answering mode. So, do not activate FAX ONLY
    mode or FAX /TEL mode while using distinctive ring; otherwise, the fax machine will
    answer calls for all the numbers.
    Registering the Distinctive Ring Pattern
    Set the fax machine to MANUAL mode.
    2 Press Menu/Set, 0, 1.
    3 Press to select DISTINCTIVE:SET?, and then press Menu/Set.
    4 Press to select the prestored ring pattern you want to assign, and then press
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    Be sure to choose the pattern assigned by the Telephone Company.
    5 Press Stop/Exit.

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    Press the 'RECEIVE MODE' button on the right side of the control panel, its next to the large 'FAX START' button. Here are your options :

    Select Receive Mode
    —You must answer all calls yourself. If you hear fax tones, press
    Fax Start
    to begin receiving the fax, then hang up. You can use this mode with
    Distinctive Ringing. (See
    Distinctive Ring
    , page 8-1.)
    —The fax machine automatically answers every call as a fax call. You
    cannot receive a voice call, but you can dial out and make a voice call.
    —The fax machine automatically answers every call. If the call is a fax, it
    prints the fax. If the call is not a fax, it signals you with a double-ring (ring-ring),
    different from the phone company ringing, to alert you to pick up the call. If you select
    this setting, you’ll need to set the Ring Delay and F/T Ring Time features (on the
    following pages). If you have extension phones on the same line as the fax machine,
    set Ring Delay to 4. (See
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    , page 5-5.)
    —This is the only setting in which you can use an external
    answering machine. Your telephone answering device is connected to your fax
    machine, and answers every call. Once the TAD answers, the fax machine listens for
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    The TAD setting works
    with an external telephone answering device (TAD); it
    does not work with telephone company Voice Mail. Ring Delay and F/T Ring Time
    work in this setting.

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