PULVER -- Why not run your own personal phone company with Pulver's Internet Phone Patch. The smart little kit provides a bridge between two pairs of Tip and Ring circuits. Calls can be forwarded or 2 stage dialed between any analog PSTN phone lines, Cellsockets, or analogue telephony adaptor type devices. It is chock-full of useful features.
- 2 interchangeable FXO ports for incoming or outgoing calls
- Programmable remotely as well as locally through a quasi FXS port connected to an analog handset
- Fully implemented Interactive voice prompting for DTMF programming
- Programming options include:
- Forward on incoming ring detect
- Answer and provide dial tone for 2 stage dialing through 2nd port
- Security via access code or caller ID data
I discovered a lot of interesting things from the IPP manual. The IPP has two basic modes of operation: 2-Stage Dialing and Forwarding.
In 2-Stage Dialing the IPP “answers” calls coming in to line A. After the IPP answers, it prompts the person who is calling to dial a second number. The IPP then picks up line B and dials the second number. Lastly line A and B are connected together. Calls coming in to line B are handled the same way, except that the IPP dials out on line A.>p>Here’s an example of how you might use this. Suppose that you live in New York, and have a vacation home in Hawaii (lucky you!). You spend the winter in Hawaii, but frequently call New York to talk to friends and business associates. To avoid long distance phone bills that would force you to sell your home in Hawaii, you want to use Internet telephony. Unfortunately not everyone you want to call has an Internet phone. What you do is leave an IPP in your home in New York. Connect line A to an Internet phone adapter (such as a Cisco ATA-186, which can connect Internet phone calls to an ordinary telephone). Connect the IPP’s line B to the regular phone line coming into your New York home. Now let’s say you want to call your friend Bob in New York, and he doesn’t have an Internet telephone. You call from Hawaii to your Internet phone in New York. The IPP picks up the call and prompts you to dial. You dial your friend Bob’s regular phone number. You’ve now called Bob and only incurred local phone charges.
The other mode is call forwarding. Let’s use the same example, except that Bob wants to call you. Configure the IPP to forward calls on line B to line A, and have it automatically dial your Internet phone in Hawaii. Bob can now call your number in New York and it will be automatically forwarded to you in Hawaii, via Internet telephony. Bob incurs only local phone charges, you incur no charges, and Bob doesn’t have to remember your phone number in Hawaii or even whether you’re in New York or Hawaii.
The IPP can be configured to support both modes at the same time. In our examples calls coming into line A use 2-Stage Dialing, and calls coming into line B use Forwarding.
To avoid having anyone who has your phone number from using 2-Stage Dialing, you can place restrictions using the User Password, Caller ID and/or the Area Code Restriction.
Pulver -- manual told me all these things.