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Using my PC as a phone terminal?
show user profile  Garp
My PC is connected to the DSL and so is my landline phone. I'm not looking for one of those 'call for free' softwares. As far as the network is concerned, it's just a regular call, except the PC is the terminal instead of the actual telephone.

Anyone knows of a software that would do that? (abitlity to record would be a plus)




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5/1/2017 8:06:38 AM (last edit: 5/1/2017 8:06:38 AM)
show user profile  c0
Not how it works.

Your computer only does TCP/IP data packets (RJ45 CAT6 network cabling), which can be used to encapsulate analog phone voice data at best i.e. Voice-over-IP (VOIP), but your computer itself cannot be used as an analog phone headset (RJ11 phone cabling). The only thing that allows a computer to plug into an RJ11 phone outlet is an old school dial-up internet modem, which could do voice communication.

With DSL, which is widely understood to be ADSL (internet over copper phone lines), you have a line splitter filter which sends the low frequency signal to an analog phone (dial tone, tone dialing, voice) and the high frequency superimposed internet signal to your computer. Your computer does not even 'see' the analog phone network (PSTN).

So these days most people use VOIP. For VOIP you will always need a subscription with an intermediary (SIP provider) who will forward any voice-over-internet data packets onto the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and vice versa. The SIP provider will also assign you a VOIP phone number so people can ring you.

SkypeOut+SkypeIn is a softphone (= VOIP using a program on your computer to send/receive voice data) in case you do not want VOIP headsets and a VOIP gateway/router in your network. If your computer is turned off, anyone calling you will receive a 'line busy' signal.
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5/2/2017 2:13:25 PM (last edit: 5/6/2017 12:39:34 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks for all the explanation, c0.
The phone line I'm using is the one that comes bundled with the internet service. The phone plugs in after the DSL filter. I could plug another phone before the filter to get the analog line (with a different phone number) if I needed it, which I don't.

8 years ago or so, I had a program on the old XP machine that did exactly what I described. The interface was dead simple: numbers and 'call' buttons that I could click on, or just use the numpad and enter key. Plus some utilities to store numbers and record calls. If the phone rang, I could pick up the call from the computer. It was the same line.
The hard drive died a long time ago and I can't remember the name of the app. Hence the question here (google didn't help).




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5/2/2017 3:47:18 PM (last edit: 5/2/2017 3:51:11 PM)
show user profile  c0
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/voice/OdCtKa4ohDg

"Cheyenne Bitware. It included bitfax for faxing, bitcom, and bitphone for the application you're looking for. There was a softphone as part of the bitphone component and it could be used to make calls from the pc speakers and mic using the landline connected to the modem."
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5/5/2017 12:37:16 AM (last edit: 5/5/2017 12:37:16 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks, c0. I'll give it a try :)




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5/5/2017 10:45:55 AM (last edit: 5/5/2017 10:45:55 AM)
show user profile  c0

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5/5/2017 1:19:50 PM (last edit: 5/5/2017 1:23:42 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
So how was it possible if it's not possible??


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5/5/2017 7:55:23 PM (last edit: 5/5/2017 7:55:23 PM)
show user profile  c0
Lack of driver support in later Windows versions.

Win 3.1 > Win 3.11 > Win95 > WinNT > Win2000 > WinME > Win2000 > WinXP > WinVista > Win 7x32 > Win7x64 > Win 8 > Win10 *You are here*

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5/6/2017 12:04:14 AM (last edit: 5/6/2017 1:06:45 AM)
show user profile  c0
This might help:
http://www.modemtools.com/

Note that if you are on Windows 10 you are probably out of luck:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-hardware/inability-to-use-external-voicedatafax-modem-with/be77e2a4-17f7-41c0-adb4-79950374c6cc

Voice modems were dead and buried a long time ago. Just like rotary dial phones and cathode ray tube TVs without a remote control.

Read this: http://www.ivrsoft.com/voice-modems.htm

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5/6/2017 12:36:40 AM (last edit: 5/6/2017 1:04:29 AM)
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