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Topic # 26075 11-Sep-2008 09:46
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Hi,

I'm interested in finding out if there is an adaptor out there that will let me use an old Telecom phone (eg: Rotary dial Bakelite phone pre-1980s) with my VFX Linksys Router.

I've checked out the specs for my WRP400 - and as expected it doesn't support Decadic (pulse) dialling.

So - it would seem I need an adaptor to convert the decadic to DTMF (tone). Has anyone used one of these? Does anyone know of one available in NZ that supports the NZ decadic format (that is the reverse of what the UK used ie: 10 = 0, 9 =1, 8=2 etc...1=9)

Or is there another method available?

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  Reply # 163729 11-Sep-2008 11:00
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timbalero: Hi,

I'm interested in finding out if there is an adaptor out there that will let me use an old Telecom phone (eg: Rotary dial Bakelite phone pre-1980s) with my VFX Linksys Router.



Pre 1980's, more like pre 1960's. Before wasting any more time on this have you checked that you can even use the phone to answer and hold a conversation?

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  Reply # 163849 11-Sep-2008 20:09
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I suspect the only way you'd get this going would be to pick up something like an old Philips PBX6 which (from memory) handles both DTMF and pulse dialling and will convert between the two. You would have to stick this between the ATA and the phone.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 163887 11-Sep-2008 23:14
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There is some addon thing you can put into the phone that goes across the dial and will make a tone when it has counted off the pulses rather then having the dial interuppt the line as it does at the moment, can even do a * and # by pulling a digit and holding before release.

I think you would be better off locating an 80s era touchtone dialer and just wiring it into the phone and sitting it beside it. They are normally held over the mic and pressed, but you can take the audio out of one and put it across some terminal in the phone to have it go down the line. I had a site that said which ones but cant find it now. Google should help.

Otherwise you can get a pulse to tone converter, but they are expensive, or you can get the crappy old sbx as already mentioned, but then you have to dial a 1 on all your calls and lose caller id on incoming ones unless you put the box on the outside of the sbx.




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  Reply # 163923 12-Sep-2008 07:55
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PB Tech sells a very old looking phone which is tone dial.




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  Reply # 164019 12-Sep-2008 16:03
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richms: I think you would be better off locating an 80s era touchtone dialer and just wiring it into the phone and sitting it beside it. They are normally held over the mic and pressed, but you can take the audio out of one and put it across some terminal in the phone to have it go down the line. I had a site that said which ones but cant find it now. Google should help.

He-he, that reminds me of the 80's movie - War Games. Where the hacker used the old coupled modem to hack the government system. Hey, your not some kind of terrorist trying to hack a system with old school gear - lol




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  Reply # 164028 12-Sep-2008 16:41
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This device should work, it also lets you dial DTMF tones in call by roating the dial I read somewhere but they forgot to add two buttons for * and #!

Telsoft Adaptor

Ensure you get the NZ Reverse dial one for locally made phones as our dial numbers are backwards.



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  Reply # 164034 12-Sep-2008 16:56
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Excellent - thanks for the link! That product looks like it'll do the job nicely.

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