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Distinctive Ring Services

This is a phone service that may be offered by your phone company. Distinctive Ring services permit up to four subscribers to share the same telephone line. Calls to different numbers vary by ring and may be distinguished by a modem. Thus, if a modem and the normal telephone set are connected to such a line in parallel (i.e. each with an extension off the same line), a modem can be configured so that it will answer only on a certain type of incoming call and ignore normal voice calls. To use this function, check the Use distinctive ring services setting box under the Reception – Automatic – Distinctive ring services tab. The program offers two methods for distinguishing rings: via TAPI or software.

Using TAPI

This function is available in Windows 98 and Me only, and only if the via TAPI option is selected under the Modem - Interacting with Modem tab. Furthermore, this function must be supported by the modem. In user manuals it is usually called ‘Distinctive Ring Detection’. To use Distinctive Ring services your modem should have proper Windows settings.

Using program

This option is available if you need to distinguish incoming rings but the operating system (for example, Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2000) has no way of doing this. With this option, the program "captures" the modem after the first ring and analyses ring information directly from the modem.

In order to save the caller's phone number information (with the use of Caller ID), the Initialize at – set by TAPI setting should be enabled under the Modem – Interacting with Modem tab (anyway, this is the most often optimal option for interacting via TAPI). Via TAPI setting should be selected in this tab. For the program to operate correctly via port, you can add special command set to the additional initialization string. This command set is specific to each modem models. This operation should be attempted only by advanced users.

Customizing the answering machine

Open the Reception – Automatic – Distinctive ring services tab and click the More… button.

In the window that opens check the Redefine settings for this ring pattern box and specify new auto-answer settings. The following settings can be redefined:

  • the number of ring for the program to answer on;
  • the answering machine greeting message;
  • the auto-answer settings (Fax, Record);
  • the voice message recording time;
  • the answering machine remote control script file;
  • the Switch to remote control immediately after answering a call setting.

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October 29 2018
Version 3.10 released with with various stability and compatibility fixes.
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November 2 2016
Version 3.8 released with speech recognition support and T.38 fax protocol improvements.
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December 22 2015
Version 3.7 released with improved compatibility with Windows 10.
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September 11 2015
Version 3.6 released with a possibility to generate scheduled delivery queue from comma-separated text files (*.CSV).
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December 17 2014
Version 3.4 released with Microsoft Speech Platform SDK 11 support for text-to-speech conversion.
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October 15 2014
Venta4Net 3.3 released. In this version you can see thumbnails of incoming faxes directly in the client end main application.
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January 23 2014
Venta4Net 3.2 with cloud services support has been released.
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September 12 2013
Venta4Net 3.1 released.
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August 15 2012
Venta4Net 3.0 with Internet telephony (VoIP) support has been released.
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