IP enabled home answering machine

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by Stephen Balbach, Dec 24, 2003.

  1. I'm wondering if such a device exists. It would be a stand-alone box
    (not a PC) that answers incoming calls (POTS line), records the
    message, and sends it out via SMTP as a .wav or .mp3 file or some
    other common format. This would be a simple home device nothing fancy
    or feature laden or exspensive. No need for a monitor or keyboard or
    hard drive. This is for home use. Does such a device exist?
    Stephen Balbach, Dec 24, 2003
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    chris Guest

    I have seen some software for the PC that used the modem as the
    answering machine. I don't recall the name at the moment. I've also
    seen some open-source software for Linux that did essentially the same
    thing, but using a dialogic board.

    chris, Dec 25, 2003
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    Miguel Cruz Guest

    I've been using Asterisk on Linux with a $100 digium board for quite a while
    now. Works very well, emails my voice mails to me, allows me to determine
    which callers get through and which ones get dumped straight to voice mail,

    However it's definitely not a turnkey setup. As my first foray into
    Asterisk, it took a bit of work.

    Miguel Cruz, Dec 25, 2003
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    SteveS Guest

    I use IVM it is a great software package that does all of your required
    functions and more. As long as you don't mind the canned ausssie accent I
    think it is well worth it. It cost around $50 US. The company is called NCH
    Swift Sound
    SteveS, Dec 26, 2003
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    Stacy E Guest

    Another option may be an online service ...again, you would be esentially
    using your computer (or via your computer), but it might give you some
    flexibility. I don't know of one to recommend, but I have seen them out
    Stacy E, Dec 27, 2003
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