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How can I set the machine to answer after 6 or 8 rings

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here is the link for the user manual; Hope this helps, please post again if not :)

Posted on Apr 22, 2007



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Press the >>/Time Set button for about 2 seconds. The system will announce "Monday" press the >>/Time Set again to choose the correct day. Press <</Time Check to change to hours. Select the correct hours by pressing the >>/Time Set, then press the <</Time check to change to minutes. I can't get the mail box 2 to operate either.

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SOURCE: how to set time on the southwestern bell answer machine FA982B

Voice Time/Day Stamp
The FA982 records the time and day at the end of each
message, if set.
Note: When setting the Time/Day, do not allow more than
20 seconds to elapse between any step:
Setting Voice Time/Day Stamp
Day Set
1. Press and hold the TIME SET/REPEAT button for 2
seconds. The unit will say “Monday”.
2. Press the ANSWER ON/OFF button until you hear
the correct day.
3. To return to the previous day, press the MAIL 1 or
MAIL 2 button.
Hour Set
1. Once you hear the correct day, press the TIME SET/
REPEAT button to set the hour. The unit will say
2. Press the ANSWER ON/OFF button until you hear
the correct hour.
To return to the previous hour, press the MAIL 1 or
MAIL 2 button.
Minute Set
1. Once you hear the correct hour, press the TIME SET/
REPEAT button to set the minute. The unit will say “0”
(which sounds like “oh”).
2. Press the ANSWER ON/OFF button until you hear
the correct minute. To return to the previous minute,
press the MAIL 1 or MAIL 2 button.
1. Once you hear the correct minute, press the TIME
SET/REPEAT button to set AM/PM. The unit will say
2. Press the ANSWER ON/OFF button. The unit will say
“PM”. Press the MAIL 1 or MAIL 2 button to return to
3. Once you hear the correct AM/PM setting, press the
TIME SET/REPEAT button to complete the procedure.
The unit will announce the day and time that is now
Note: To check the current day and time, press and
release the TIME SET/REPEAT button. If you did not
set the Voice Time/Day Stamp, the unit will say “Time is
not set”.

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Call your phone, let the outgoing message play when the machine answers, and wait for the beep. After the beep, enter the 3-digit security code you'll find on a sticker on the bottom of the machine. The machine will beep twice to let you know you entered the right code and it's ready for your commands.

Remote commands:

1# Plays messages in mailbox 1
2# Plays messages in mailbox 2
3# Deletes old messages (you need to play them all back first)
7# Starts recording a new outgoing message (press 7# again to stop recording)
9# Turn the system on or off
0# Monitor the room

While you're playing messages (you pressed either 1# or 2#) you have these commands:

3# Erase current message
6# Repeat previous message
7# Skip to next message
8# Repeat current message
## Stop playback

After your messages have played, you have 20 seconds to enter another command before the machine disconnects automatically.

You can download the manual here so you'll have a copy for future reference.

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Basically this looks like it works similar to other phone line sharing devices, if the manual is correct when the answer machine picks up the printer/fax is supposed to listen to the line, originating fax machines send what is called a CNG tone.

Looks like the machine listens for this tone, if it sees it then it is supposed to cut off the answer machine and complete its fax function, if the tone is not present the Dell should let the answer machine work normally.

From working with phone line sharing devices I have seen most problems occur in the home where people have a single line coming in and they tap off of that line and run jacks to all the rooms in the house.

This creates a problem, when you plug phones or answer machines orfax machines or modems or anything else these devices all have a Ringer Equivalency Number associated with them, the phone company also limites the number of bells (ringer equivalency) on the line.

If the phone company supports 3 bells for example and you connect 2 devices that have a ringer equivalnecy number of 3 that is 6 bells and something is not going to work correctly.

If you can make the answering machine work by itself and you can make the fax feature on the printer work by itself and the problem only shows up when they are connected together then I would think you have either exceeded the number of bells for your line, or Dell has an issue with their feature.

I would suggest as a test if you have in fact tapped off the telephone company line, unplug all of the other phones in the house and just conenct the printer and answer mchine as Dell suggests and see what happens, if it works then you have to decide what phone or phones you are willing to leave unplugged.

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