On May 31, 11:05 am, John Mayson <j...@mayson.us> wrote:
> I hope this isn't too inappropriate a question for the digest.
> I finally fired Ma Bell. I had once-upon-a-time worked for AT&T and
> remainded a loyal telephone customer. However I just got tired of
> waiting for DSL on my street so I could take advantage of their
> phone/DSL/satellite package deal. I already had Road Runner
> high-speed Internet from Time Warner so I signed up for digital cable
> and phone.
> The Time Warner website is rather sketchy and I'm having trouble
> finding an answer to this, so I'm asking here. I understand I can
> continue using my existing telephones and jacks with digital phone.
> But can I use my computer to make/receive calls on my digital phone
> number? I have both Windows XP and Apple Mac OS X at my disposal.
> Note, I'm not talking about using Skype. I would like to be able to
> place and receive calls on my home number from my computer regardless
> of where my computer may be. Is this possible?
> John Mayson <j...@mayson.us>
> Austin, Texas, USA
As a former Time-Warner Technical Support employee, I will have to say
no, this can't be done with just the eMTA (that's the phone modem.) It
is possible to get this working with additional hardware/software that
others have suggested, but beware - Time-Warner will not troubleshoot
this connection, since it is not an ordinary phone jack and therefor
beyond their scope of work. If you had any problems getting this to
work, or keeping it working.....the only place you could go for help
is a forum - assuming others have tried this and succeeded.
Also, in our division at least, the service goes out A LOT. It is not
the most reliable to say the least ... You'd be amazed at how much we,
as a culture, have come to assume that when you pick up the phone
there will always be a dialtone. If you have gotten Digital Phone,
please leave that notion at the door ... and try not to get too
frustrated with Tech Support -- they're there to help ... If the service
goes out too much for you to handle, then cancel it. No harm, no foul.
I know it sounds unrelated, but I am trying to do something similar
but without phone service at all. I want to hook my computer, cell
phone, and house phone (which has no dialtone) all to run off of
Bluetooth technology, but I'm running into a lot of road blocks.
Phreaking just isn't as easy as it used to be.