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Old 13-Jun-2008, 17:33
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Connect to telephone port on computer

Hey all,
I'm thinking of writing a program that would allow me to connect my computer to my home phone system through the computer's phone jack. (The program could then be used as an answering machine, or as a phone, using the computer speakers/headphones and a microphone, allowing for certain capabilities such as speed dial.) I'm not sure if python is the best language for this, but nevertheless I'd like to know a few things:
How would I "connect" to this port. I have no idea how I'd sent anything through this phone jack. Also, is it technically a serial port... or what? I don't really have any idea.
(If I can't figure this out, I may need to solder a USB wire to a phone cord, which would be a pain.)
Also, phone systems may require certain timings... how precisely can python control the time at which events happen?

Thanks a bunch (and I'm sorry that I can't provide any code or anything... this is more conceptual),
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Re: Connect to telephone port on computer

The phone port on your computer is actually a modem, unless you have some sort of fancy computer that accepts straight-up voice calls.

Assuming it is a modem, you wouldn't be able to use it the way you wanted. You would probably have to buy a separate card, AFAIK. However, it's been many years since I've dealt w/ any sort of telecom and computer setup.

But first, you need to figure out if your computer is capable of using the phone line like a phone. Then you can figure out how to program for it.
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