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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering System
In SBC's world, it is called Distinctive Ring (DR from now on), where you can have up to four phone numbers assigned to the same phone line -- the main phone number plus three additional numbers. Each number has a different style ring, making it easy to have an inexpensive "dedicated" incoming fax number. Your carrier may call it something else.

With PageSender, it is easy to add the modem command to enable DR, simply add it to the end of the modem init string in the PageSender Preferences. It is also easy in 10.3. You need to be able to use the Terminal and have sudo ability. As always, follow a prudent method of editing system files. Open the following file (using whatever editor you use):

 % sudo pico /usr/bin/fax
Go to the line that reads

INIT="-iZ -i&FE0&D2S7=120 -i&C0"
It is line 209 on my system ... append the quote to read:

INIT="-iZ -i&FE0&D2S7=120 -i&C0-SDR=n"
where n is the DR ring number. For the normal ring the value is 1, the first additional ring is 2, etc. Check your work for accuracy and save.

Now when you enable Receive faxes on this computer, it will only answer the DR ring style assigned in the above configuration file.
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10.3: Enable Disctinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: dan55304 on Nov 18, '03 01:14:30PM

I can't get this to work on my eMac with 10.3.1. I do have custom ringing through Qwest in the Midwest. I have it set to double ring for the fax.



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10.3: Enable Disctinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: dmmorse on Nov 19, '03 02:19:00AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you ... this is exactly what I've been looking for (and suspected could be done, but didn't know how).

Worked perfectly for me in 10.3.1, although I took the extra precaution of logging out and logging back in again before testing it.



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: yoodle on Jan 03, '04 10:54:43PM

I knew I saw this fax receiving hint on the site somewhere. I just couldn't find it again when I searched for 'distinctive ring'. Hopefully by putting the correct spelling in a comment, other users will be able to find this excellent hint also.



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: protean on Jan 30, '04 08:49:15AM

Thanks for the spelling correction!



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10.3: Enable Disctinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: rbjorensen on Jan 27, '04 04:51:38PM

Does this work for others? I haven't been able to get it to work (10.3.2). I have my main ring and 2 distinctive rings. I've tried it with DR 1 and 2. It picks up all rings regardless of which one I have set in /usr/bin/fax. I did log off and on etc...

I would really like to get this to work. Any help out there?

Thanks.



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eMacs don't work with AT-SDR=n (Distinctive Ring)
Authored by: mangee on Jan 30, '04 12:03:00AM
eMacs don't seem to work with this hint:
See also Mangee's post on NZMac.com Forums

Does anyone know much about the (USB? internal) modems in the newer Apples?

I have a eMac with a modem reportedly (SystemProfiler and ATI0I1I2I3I4I5I6I7) an internal USB MicroDash (v.92) Australia 7.0 It won't OK a standard AT-SDR=0 (distinctive ring) command. I was wondering if anyone knew if it can handle Distinctive Rings? It would only be a firmware update to fix it!

To try it on your machine download Zterm (OSX) and try the commands AT-SDR=0 (turn off distinctive rings) and AT-SDR=1(only listen to type 1 distinctive rings). While ur there try a AT#MDL?#MFR? (lists model and make of modem). Modem doesn't need to be connected to phoneline.

My Strawberry iMac G3/333 (Conexant V.90 Australia 7.0F) and my Snow iMac G3/600 (Rockwell v.90 AC/K56) both do it fine.. but the eMac G4/700 doesn't like it. For that matter the AT#MDL? and #MFR? commands don't work on the eMac modem either... Is there a guide to eMac modem commands around? Is Apple limiting the modem on the "low end/cheap" range: eMacs?

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eMacs don't work with AT-SDR=n (Distinctive Ring)
Authored by: rspress on Oct 22, '04 02:12:08AM

This is a little off topic about the fax ringing but it seems you know some of the AT codes for the eMac modem. I am looking for the complete list or just the Caller ID on/off commands.

Thanx for anyone who can help!



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Caller ID Settings
Authored by: mangee on Jun 16, '05 07:20:54PM

Have a look at http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n24775 or just Google "Modem AT Commands"

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10.3: Enable Disctinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: rk8102 on Feb 01, '04 11:07:33PM

This doesn't work on my 15" iMac G4 800, with whatever modem it came with internally (a Apple USB modem I am pretty sure)... the DR= commands and the AT#MDL?#MFR? commands all ERROR.



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: cybernut2000 on Jun 07, '04 07:15:22PM

Hi,

Thanks everyone for putting this thread up. I just have one question. When you say enter your phone number do you add the area code? Do you add dashes like xxx-xxxx? in short what format do you ente your number?

Also has anyone heard of DR not working with long distance because of some tone issues?



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: itsbarry on Jun 28, '04 01:30:31PM

Good tip, but I had problems:

  • Worked great on my BWG3 and Panther (10.3.4).
  • Did not work at all on my G5 Dual 1.8 (former midrange version).

Oh well, at least my trusty old G3 now has a reason to boot up every day.



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: adam.abbate on Jan 04, '05 05:30:03AM
Here in Australia, our biggest telco, Telstra, offers two distinctive ring products. One is called Duet and the other Multiple Number.

Not sure of the main differences, but I know the rings are difference between the two and Duet is more for fax machines I believe.

On my Cube running 10.3.7, it now recognises only calls from the secondary number using the following value in /usr/bin/fax file:
-SDR=4
I'm using Duet.

Hope this helps any Aussies out there (and everyone else of course).

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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: allangillian on Aug 22, '06 08:02:14PM

Many thanks for the help received already. With regard to receiving faxes with distinctive ring tone, or a duet line (here in Australia), I have found that altering the line as below:
-SDR=5
worked for me. I tried with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. 5 was the number here that worked.
I used the terminal as suggested and other instructions on this thread ie.
Entered into terminal. I needed admin password.

% sudo pico /usr/bin/fax

Go to the line that reads

INIT="-iZ -i&FE0&D2S7=120 -i&C0"

It is line 209 on my system ... append the quote to read:

INIT="-iZ -i&FE0&D2S7=120 -i&C0-SDR=n

Change the n to a 5, is what workded for me.

I had to save the changes. I eventually found that the "write out" command in terminal, in file, /usr/bin/fax is required to save.

So thanks to macosxhints.com I am a happy participant. I have also saved myself some money in not having to buy a separate fax machine which prints un-necessary faxes and wastes paper.
Regards Allan



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: mr_toad on Jan 14, '05 10:07:26PM
It appears that the Apple USB modems don't support the SDR command. If you haven't deleted/lost it there might be a Documents folder at the root level of your hard drive that has a folder labeled "Internal Modem". Mine has the AT commands for the installed modem. No mention of distinctive ringing support in it. Also check Apple Miscellaneous Manuals if you don't find it on your hard drive.

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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax worked but...
Authored by: josephaw on Mar 11, '05 10:16:30AM

Adding to my 'fax' file to "-SDR=2" worked fine on my G4 400Mhz.
But I can not get it to make a sound when sending or receiving.
I know it's working but I like to hear the connecting sounds when sending or receiving but I can't seem to get that to work.
Under the SPKR section of the 'fax' file I see:
SPKR="-iM1L0"
I set that to
SPKR="-iM1L3"
But I still hear nothing.
Maybe there is nothing in unix for efax to connect to the sound output device, maybe under OS9 my fax software or fax stf under 10 it just passes the fax sound on to the sound card as a audio feedback?
I'll keep searching and let you know if I find anything.
Joe



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering in Tiger 10.4.1
Authored by: mr_toad on May 18, '05 12:24:28PM

Seems that the little fax menulet introduced with 10.4 doesn't recognize the distinctive ring tone as an incoming fax. When I remove the -SDR=2 from the fax code the menulet cycles through Ringing, Connecting, etc. but in that case the fax also answers my voice calls.

Not a big deal since I think the menulet is an addition but wondered if anyone else had seen this. BTW I'm on 10.4.1.



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering in Tiger 10.4.1
Authored by: mangee on Jun 16, '05 06:43:39PM
Yes,

Having a playing this morning with my new iMac G5. Doesn't look as if it supports distinctive rings either. And as above, it answers both the fax ring (RING RING) and the phone (RING RING )

The command ATI0I1I2I3I4I5I6I7 in ZTerm for the modem reveals:

960
Apple Version 1.3.2
Motorola SM56 1.3.2
Apple Internal Modem
7E
64
Motorola SM56 I2S Fax Modem
It's an iMac G5 1.8 Ghz 17"

The SDR commands just return ERROR

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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering in Tiger 10.4.1
Authored by: mangee on Jun 16, '05 06:48:13PM

Oh BTW, you mention adding the SDR command into the fax code... where do you do that. When i click "Setup Fax Modem..." in System Prefs for Print and Fax, it brings up an empty Printer Setup Utility window labelled "Fax List", but no faxes in it to configure...

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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: extrememac on Jul 12, '05 11:52:04AM

For those of you that have a newer internal mac modem and/or you can't make the string provided above, I recieved the following from page sender;

That technique won't work with newer Apple Internal Modems. Only quite old ones had support for distinctive ring and that support went away when Apple moved to the soft firmware Apple Internal Modems about five years ago (give or take).

Distinctive ring is basically a subset of the issue of sharing a line. It's a hardware feature which is not supported by your Apple Internal Modem. Here's what we send folks inquiring about sharing a line. Same applies to distinctive ring:

Differentiating incoming calls is a hardware function which Apple Internal Modems don't do. My fax machine can differentiate voice and fax calls. It does this by answering all calls immediately. It then provides its own electronic ring sound (and continues to ring the attached telephone) to reassure voice callers while it "listens" for fax calling tones. If it "hears" a fax calling tone, it answers. Otherwise it continues to ring. For good measure, it picks up with a fax answer tone after six rings in case the incoming fax machine isn't sending calling tones.

I suspect the reason Apple Internal Modems do not offer this functionality is that they only have one jack and so can't control the ringing on the line (whereas my fax machine controls both its built-in phone and anything attached to its phone jack). My fax machine also allows me to pick up on another line and dial *0 to indicate that I've picked up and it should stop ringing and/or listening. Perhaps Apple could have done something like that, but they did not.

I know that boxes which provide just the "listening" function then "ring through" to either the fax machine or phone depending on the type of call are available at places like Radio Shack in the US. I have no idea if similar boxes are available in your area. To get what you want, you'll need to combine this hardware solution with Page Sender hooked up to the "fax" output of the box and your answering machine hooked up to the "voice" output of the box.

Thanks for using pagesender from SmileOnMyMac!

Regards,

pagesender Support
support@pagesender.com



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: moonstarshadow on Sep 16, '05 11:29:33AM

HELP!!! I have a problem attempting to change the distinctive ring on my computer. In Terminal I type the information for sudo pico followed by my password. However, the following is the text that shows up next:

UW PICO(tm) 2.5 File: /usr/bin/fax

#!/bin/sh
#
# fax - script to make, send, receive, view or print a fax
# Copyright 1993-1999 by Ed Casas
#
# --- Start of user configuration section ---
#
# Notes:
#
# - do not put spaces before or after the equal (=) signs.
#
# - variables can also be set on the command line, for example:
# fax DEV=cua0 send file.ps
# or in a configuration file (see CONFIGFILES below)
#

# The names of the fax script, efax and efix, including full path
# if necessary.


^G Get Help ^O WriteOut ^R Read File ^Y Prev Pg ^K Cut Text ^C Cur Pos
^X Exit ^J Justify ^W Where is ^V Next Pg ^U UnCut Text^T To Spell


I can't get my computer to scroll down to the rest of the information. I can only seem to access it if I resize or maximize my window. But I only get a few more lines and that's it.

I typed the above commands to try to page down, etc, but no such luck in getting them to work.

I'm running os 10.3.9 on my G5 computer. I know tracking down this information shouldn't be so hard!!

I would appreciate ANY assistance you can offer for the problem!!!! Thanks!



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10.3: Enable Distinctive Ring fax answering
Authored by: dapenguin on Nov 07, '05 10:51:39PM

calling all geniuses!!

iMac G3 500
Panther 10.3.9 (7W98)
Modem Information:

Modem Model: Spring
Firmware Version: APPLE VERSION 0007, 7/31/2000
Country: 22 (United States,.....)
Driver: com.apple.driver.AppleSCCSerial (v1.2.6)
Interface Type: Serial
SKU Name: UCJ
Modulation: V.90
Hardware Version: 7.0F

I can get -SDR=2 to work in Z-term but not with the fax software.

I open Z-term and send <at -sdr=2> then I call from my cell to the DR number and ZT say 'RING2', If I call the main number it says nothing.
If I send<at -sdr=1> i get nada on the fax line but 'RING" when i call the main number

When I put the added code in as the hint says:
If I use faxSTF directly it doesnt even answer
If I check the 'answer faxes' box in preferences it answers all calls

If I remove the added line of code then faxSTF answers all calls as before and Z-term says all rings are 'RING'



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