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Connecting a Telephone or Telephone Answering Machine

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ABOUT CONNECTION

For best performance, the phone line should be connected directly to the fax machine.
The fax machine is not designed for use in a phone system that has call waiting, multiple phone extensions, caller ID, voice-mail, modems, or roll-over lines. Use of a phone line having multiple extensions may cause transmission or reception problems if any of the extensions are picked up during transmission or reception. If problems occur, consider using a dedicated phone line for the fax machine.
The fax machine has three line connections. Use the connection labeled Line to connect to the telephone wall jack. Use the connections labeled Tel to connect a telephone or answering machine.

CONNECTING A TELEPHONE

  1. The fax machine may have plastic pull tabs protecting the telephone and line connectors on the back of the machine. Carefully twist and pull the tabs out of the slots to access the connectors.
  2. Plug one end of the phone cord into the back of the telephone.
  3. Plug the other end of the phone cord into one of the connections on the back of the fax machine marked Tel.
  4. Set the reception mode to match the devices connected to the fax. See the section below, "Setting Reception Mode to Manage Incoming Calls."

CONNECTING AN ANSWERING MACHINE

For the machine to take fax calls and the answering machine take voice calls, connect an answering machine to the fax to receive both voice telephone calls and fax calls on the same line.
NOTE: The Remote Turn-on or Outgoing-message-only features of the answering machine cannot be used when connecting it to a fax machine. If the answering machine can select the number of rings before answering, set it to answer in less than eight rings.
  1. The fax machine may have break-off tabs protecting the telephone and line connectors on the back of the machine. Carefully twist and pry the tabs out of the slots to access the connectors.
  2. Connect the telephone cord from the answering machine to one of the TEL connectors on the back of the fax machine.
  3. Set the reception mode to match the devices connected to the fax. See the section below, "Setting Reception Mode to Manage Incoming Calls."

SETTING RECEPTION MODE TO MANAGE INCOMING CALLS

Manage incoming calls by setting fax parameters. Refer to the manual for more detailed information.
For This ConnectionParameter SettingComments
A telephone or answering machine on the same line Remote reception:

Enable
To receive a fax in this mode, answer the extension phone and press Start/Copy on the front panel, or dial the remote reception code (123).
An extension phone on the telephone line not connected directly to the fax Reception mode:

Answer Manually
The fax machine never answers incoming calls.
No other devices on the telephone line Reception mode:

Fax Only
The fax machine answers all incoming calls.
A telephone connected directly to the fax Reception mode:

Auto Fax/Phone
The fax machine answers a fax call, but switches voice calls to the phone. Press Start/Copy to answer a telephone call.
An answering machine connected directly to the fax Reception mode:

Auto Fax/

Ans Mach
The fax machine answers calls, while the fax machine listens for a fax signal. For fax calls, the fax takes the line and receives documents. When choosing this setting, set the Ans Mach rings to one more than the answering machine waits before answering a call. Be sure that the message length plus the ring time (6 seconds per ring in the U.S.) does not exceed 60 seconds.

Silent detect allows reception of faxes from older fax machines. Choose Yes to receive faxes from older machines.