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General Information

General Information

This section give general information about the product that most users find useful. This includes How-To's and Tips.

Index to How-To's and Tips

How-To's

 
  1. How do I enter phone numbers into the personal database to be used for routing and screening of incoming calls?
  2. How do I set a time of 10:00 PM when setting the Parent Control start time setting?
  3. How to save Database Records in the P2P System
  4. How to review or modify Database Records in the P2P System
  5. How to set the P2P Console for Active Remote Receivers
  6. How to set the P2P System for SCREENING Calls
  7. How to set the Remote Receivers ID Port # for Routing of Calls
  8. How to set the P2P Console control switch #1 for enabling Remote Ports
  9. How to set the P2P Console for Call tracking (logging) mode
  10. How to set the P2P Console for your Area Code
  11. How to set the P2P System for Time Clock SCREENING of Calls
  12. How to set the P2P System for SLEEP mode
  13. How to set the P2P Console for your Pass Code
  14. How to set the P2P Console for Phantom Ring
  15. How to set up the P2P System for Parental Control Timer Operation
  16. How to set the P2P Console control switch #2 – Caller ID Retransmit
  17. How to set the P2P Console control switch #3 – Call Waiting ID

Tips

  1. I was trying to set the Port routing selections for a new call that I was reviewing. The display was illuminating Remote Ports 2,3 & 4 as available, but I only have Remote Receiver #1 installed. Why is it giving me the option to route to Remote Receivers that I have not purchased and installed?
  2. Can I block calls without setting the system for SIMPLE or DATABASE screening modes?

 

How To's

  1. Question : How do I enter phone numbers into the personal database to be used for routing and screening of incoming calls?
    Answer :By utilizing the call tracking feature of the P2P unit, you can dial any number you wish and it will be added to the New Incoming Call memory with a name of "OUTGOING CALL". When reviewing your new calls simply save this record to your permanent database for routing and screening operations. Additionally, you can enter two types of wildcard records, using this method. For example - If you wish to block 800-xxx-xxxx incoming telephone numbers, simply dial 800# and hang up the attached handset, then complete the above procedures to add the record to your database (remember to set the desired port routing). This can be done for any 3-digit area code. Another example - You want to accept all calls from your local exchange (your neighborhood), simply dial the 3 digit area code and 3 digit prefix for your area then press the # key and hang up the attached hand set. Now, complete the procedures to add to your database and this single wildcard entry allow all calls to ring through from your local area!
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  2. Question : how do I set a time of 10:00 PM when setting the Parent Control start time setting?
    Answer : All timer settings are formatted in the 24 Hour format (known as military time), please see the table below. 12 HR Format 24 Hour Format (military time)
    1:00 AM 01:00 | 2:00 AM 02:00 | 3:00 AM 03:00 | 4:00 AM 04:00 | 5:00 AM 05:00 | 6:00 AM 06:00
    7:00 AM 07:00 | 8:00 AM 08:00 | 9:00 AM 09:00 | 10:00 AM 10:00 | 11:00 AM 11:00 | 12:00 PM 12:00
    1:00 PM 13:00 | 2:00 PM 14:00 | 3:00 PM 15:00 | 4:00 PM 16:00 | 5:00 PM 17:00 | 6:00 PM 18:00
    7:00 PM 19:00 | 8:00 PM 20:00 | 9:00 PM 21:00 | 10:00 PM 22:00 | 11:00 PM 23:00 | 12:00 AM 24:00 (midnight)
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  3. Question : How to save Database Records in the P2P System
    Answer : Saving Telephone numbers
    All database entries are created by the user, through the process of reviewing the new incoming calls. If the user has set the Call Tracking mode to ON, then the NIC memory will also contain all outgoing calls dialed by the user. This allows the user to easily collect specific phone numbers to be added to the personal database for specific screening or routing purposes. These outgoing calls can also be types of wildcard entries.
    Note: If the MATCH icon is illuminated while you are displaying and reviewing a new NIC record, The P2P Unit is informing you that there is no need to save this record - a match exists in the Personal database memory.(See match Icon manual page 8 & 9 - item 5)

    Area Code Wildcard
    Pick up the attached telephone handset and dial the 3 digit area code of the incoming calls you wish to receive, then press the ‘#’ key and hang up the telephone handset. This new outgoing call will be saved in NIC memory for your review. During the review process you can select the port settings for this wildcard entry. This can be useful for blocking a specific type of incoming call, such as 1-800 numbers.
    Note: the wildcard “#” character is displayed as a “H”

    Local Exchange Wildcard
    Pick up the attached telephone handset and dial the 3 digit area code and the 3 digit prefix of the incoming calls you wish to receive, then press the ‘#’ key and hang up the telephone handset. This new outgoing call will be saved in NIC memory for your review. This entry can be useful for accepting a block of telephone numbers, such as your neighbors, since most of your neighbors would have the same exchange prefix as you.
    Anytime the user is reviewing the new incoming calls, the following key sequences are available.
    If the user will press and hold the SELECT key then press the FORWARD key, the displayed name will be modified. Each press of the FORWARD key will delete a single character from the end of the name being displayed. Once the displayed name is as the user wishes, the user should release the SELECT and FORWARD keys. This is useful for saving a record with a wildcard Name that will allow all incoming calls that contain the same beginning name string to be allowed to ring through. For example, “SMITH JOHN” can be modified and saved as “SMITH” so that all incoming calls beginning with the name “SMITH” will be allowed to ring through to the ports that are selected. This is a quick method of adding a family name to the database, in order to accept and route all calling family members. Name modification is only available to the user before the record is saved to memory, Once saved, the name or number cannot be changed in the Database. The next step is to press the select key to choose the Ports for call routing. Each time the SELECT key is pressed the available port icons will be illuminated. Once the desired ports are lit, then you must press the SAVE key to save the modified incoming call to the user’s database. If the FORWARD, BACK, or MENU key is pressed the record will not be saved.

    NOTE: The P2P unit’s routing search order is as follows: exact number, wildcard number, exact name, wildcard name. This way you can process a specific 10- digit phone number differently than the wildcard entry that it would have matched in the database.
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  4. Question : How to review or modify Database Records in the P2P System
    Answer : Deleting a Database Entry

    A database number can be removed by using the following process. Press the MENU key until the display indicates “ID Memory Review”. Press the FORWARD key for number review mode or press the BACK key for name review mode (see Menu Settings Section in manual). Once you have located the database entry that you wish to delete press the DELETE key twice. The record will be removed from the database. If you press the MENU key the review function will exit, or if you press the FORWARD or BACK key the next record will display.

    Editing a Database Entry

    A database number can be edited by using the following process. Press the MENU key until the display indicates “ID Memory Review”. Press the FORWARD key for number review mode or press the BACK key for name review mode (see Menu Settings Section in manual). Once the display shows the entry that you want to modify, press the SELECT key. Each press of the SELECT key will change the port routing selections. The available port icons will be illuminated if they are selected. Once the desired ports are illuminated, the user must press the SAVE key to save the changes. The system does not allow the user to edit the previously saved name or number of the record. This is necessary because all of the database records are sorted by name and number when they were saved initially. The only way to modify these two parameters is to delete the entire record then save the entry later with the modified name or number.
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  5. Question : How to set the P2P Console for Active Remote Receivers
    Answer : NOTE: If switch #1 on back of unit is in the OFF position, this menu item is not available. The user should use a small pointed object, like a toothpick or pencil, to turn on Dip Switch #1. The menu item will now be available for user adjustment.

    This feature is used to save you time when reviewing calls and saving the port settings to a database record. If you only have remote receiver #1 installed in the household then you should set up the unit to only display that single remote port setting, instead of all 4 remotes that are possible. Since the select key is the only key used to cycle through the available port settings, it is best to minimize the possible combinations of ports when not needed!

    Press MENU key until the display shows “Remote Setting”, the user can press the SELECT, FORWARD, or BACK keys to modify which remote receivers are active. The display will indicate which remotes are active (1,2,3,4), and on the lower right of the display, the Remote Icons will be illuminated to match the displayed setting. Once the correct Remotes to be activated are displayed, the user should press the SAVE key to save these settings.
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  6. Question : How to set the P2P System for SCREENING Calls
    Answer : Each time the user quickly presses the SCREEN key the call screen mode will be changed to the next available setting. The 3 settings are NONE, SIMPLE, and DATABASE. If SIMPLE or DATABASE is selected the “S” ICON in the lower left corner of the display will be illuminated.

    This system feature allows you to determine which calls you will let ring into your home. All calls that are blocked can be routed to the answering machine and your phones will not ring, the answering machine captures all messages, so that important calls are not missed. You can choose from the following 3 levels of screening. The P2P Unit can be set to screen during a designated period of time. See manual page 18 for Screen Timer Settings.

    Level 1: None -allows all calls to ring through
    Level 2: Simple -screens all calls, allowing only calls with identifying names
    or numbers to ring through. All calls with both name and number absent
    will be routed to answering machine.
    Level 3: Personal Database -you create a screening system that works for
    you. Only calls entered in the database either by name and/or number
    will ring through. For details see User Manual page 20.

    NOTE: The call screening function is only effective if all household telephones are being screened with additional receivers, or those telephones not equipped with a remote receiver has its ringer turned off.
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  7. Question : How to set the Remote Receivers ID Port # for Routing of Calls
    Answer : On the bottom of the Receiver there is a small rectangular opening. At the bottom of the opening is an 8-Position Dip Switch numbered 1-8. The switch is in the ON position when the tab is moved away from the number of the switch location. The functions of each switch are as follows:

    1,2,3,4 Setting one of these 4 switches to the ON position will enable the receiver to be active when the P2P Console Unit is programmed to activate the Remote Port 1,2,3, or 4.

    5,6,7,8 These 4 switches are used to set the secondary address for the remote decoder. The switches (5,6,7,8) on each of your remote receivers should be set identical to the P2P Console Unit’s switches 5,6,7,8.

    Setting each switch is simply done by using an object with a narrow tip, such as a pen or toothpick. All Remote Receivers have switch #1 set to the ON position at the factory.
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  8. Question : How to set the P2P Console control switch #1 for enabling Remote Ports
    Answer : First locate Control Switch #1. It is located on the bottom side of the P2P Console. The small recessed opening on the bottom side contains control switches 1-8. Each switch has its respective number printed on the OFF side of the switch position. Control Switch #1 is used to Enable or Disable the Remote Receivers. If you do not use Remote Receivers with the P2P Console then you can disable the associated menu items. Menu items for Parental Control and Remote Settings will not be available when this switch is off. This is simply done by using an object with a narrow tip, such as a pen or toothpick. Control switch #1 is set to the ON position at the factory.
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  9. Question : How to set the P2P Console for Call tracking (logging) mode
    Answer : First, view the display icons (bottom row of display) to see If the call tracking mode is ON. If it is ON, the Announce "i" icon will be illuminated, otherwise the call tracking mode is OFF.

    Press MENU key until the display shows “Track Calls = On/OFF”, the user should press the FORWARD key to toggle mode for ON or OFF. The display will indicate the current setting that is to be saved in memory. Press the SAVE key to update memory with your preference. When track calls is ON, the unit will record each call that is dialed out on the phone line. The call data will be stored with the New Incoming Calls (NIC) - However, they will be labeled with the name “OUTGOING CALL”.
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  10. Question : How to set the P2P Console for your Area Code
    Answer : Press MENU key until the display shows “Area Code = ###”, the user can pick up the attached telephone handset and dial the 3 digit Area Code for this phone line. Now, hang up the telephone handset and press the SAVE key to save it to control memory. If the display does not indicate the correct Area Code, then the user can press the MENU key to exit without saving. This setting can be changed at any time. This feature is used to automatically add the 3-digit area code prefix to the outgoing 7 digit phone numbers that have been captured while the outgoing call tracking mode was set on. Some telephone exchange areas still do not require 10-digit dialing, so this will automatically format the captured outgoing number for proper memory storage.
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  11. Question : How to set the P2P System for Time Clock SCREENING of Calls
    Answer : Each time the user quickly presses the TIMER key the call screen timer mode will switch between Active and Inactive. If the call screen timer mode is Active the Clock Icon will be illuminated. (See Clock Icon on manual page 8 & 9 -item 9)

    NOTE: When a screen mode other than None is Active the SCREEN Icon will be illuminated. (See manual page 8 & 9 - item 8). Also review page 6 for Screen Mode definitions.

    If the user will press and hold the TIMER key for 2 seconds the display will now show “ON Time = xx:xx”. To set or change the start time of call screen timer, press the BACK key to change the hour, and press the FORWARD key to change the minutes (10 minute intervals). Now press the SAVE key to save

    the call screen start time. The display will now show “OFF Time = xx:xx”. The user can perform the same key press operations as noted in the previous sentence, to skip, modify, or save the desired off time of the call screen timer. The display will now show “SCREEN MODE=SMPL”, to indicate that when the

    timer activates, the call screen mode will be Simple screening. If the user will press the FORWARD key the display will show “SCREEN MODE=DATA” to indicate that the screen mode will be Database screening. Once the proper mode is displayed the user should press the SAVE key to save these settings to control memory. If the user presses the SELECT key then the changes will not be saved.
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  12. Question : How to set the P2P System for SLEEP mode
    Answer : Each time the user quickly presses the SLEEP key the sleep mode will switch between Active and Inactive. Each time the sleep timer mode is made Active, the duration timer will start at 0 minutes and then increment until the timer’s programmed duration setting has been reached. When the sleep timer mode is

    Active the Moon Icon will be illuminated. (See Moon Icon on manual page 8 &9 - item 10)

    If the user will press and hold the SLEEP key for 2 seconds the display will now show the duration of the sleep timer once it has been activated. Each press of the FORWARD key will extend the duration of the sleep timer by 30 minutes, and each press of the BACK key will reduce the duration of the sleep timer by 30 minutes. The maximum duration is 6 hours. The SAVE key will save the settings to control memory and the MENU or SELECT key will exit without saving the changes.

    NOTE: The sleep function is only effective if all household telephones are being screened with additional receivers, or those telephones not equipped with a remote receiver has its ringer turned off.
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  13. Question : How to set the P2P Console for your Pass Code
    Answer : This feature is available when you have an answering machine attached to the unit. If the unit was in a screening mode and the incoming call was automatically routed to the answering machine, the user can touch-tone the 2-digit pass code to activate the built in ringer. The user can try this override while the answering machine is holding the line to take the caller’s message. If no one responds to the override ringing command by picking up any handset on the line, the caller can still leave his short message for call back.

    Press MENU key until the display shows “Pass Code = ##”, the user can pick up the attached telephone handset and dial the 2 digit Pass Code to be accepted for incoming caller override. Now, hang up the telephone handset and press the SAVE key to save it to control memory. If the display does not indicate the correct Pass Code, then the user can press the MENU key to exit without saving. This setting can be changed at any time.

    HELPFUL HINT: This feature is not available to the person calling when your phone line is answered by an “Off Site” telephone messaging service.
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  14. Question : How to set the P2P Console for Phantom Ring
    Answer : Press MENU key until the display shows “Phantom Ring=OFF”, the user can press the FORWARD, or BACK keys to select the mode for ON or OFF. The user should press the SAVE key to save these settings to control memory. This feature should be used if the user owns a Combination Phone/Answering Machine, and it is attached to the Answering Machine Port of the P2P Unit.

    The user should set the Phantom Ring mode to ON and then set the ringer to OFF on the Combination Phone/Answering Machine. Incoming calls that are routed to the Phone Port on the P2P Unit will now cause the P2P Unit to ring the internal ringer. Calls that have been screened or routed to the Answering Machine port will not be heard since the Combination
    Phone/Answering Machine

    ringer as been turned OFF.

    This feature need NOT be turned ON if a stand-alone answering machine is attached to the ANS. MACH. Port. In this case, you can set the stand-alone answering machine for no rings, and then turn on the ringer of the phone that is attached to the phone port. Additionally, this feature need NOT be turned ON

    if the user subscribes to an “Off Site” message service. In this case nothing is attached to the ANS. MACH. Port.

    Note: if the on-board ringer volume is too loud for your household, you can mute the on-board ringer volume by placing a small piece of clear wrapping tape over the speaker holes that are located on the bottom of the P2P console. This method will reduce the sound level of the on-board ringer by approximately 50%. Depending on the size of the room or flooring materials this may be necessary!
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  15. Question : How to set up the P2P System for Parental Control Timer Operation
    Answer : NOTE: If switch #1 on back of unit is in the OFF position, this menu item is not available. The user should use a small pointed object, like a toothpick or pencil, to turn on Switch #1.

    This feature is used to cause a routed call (to a kids remote) to be re-routed back to the phone attached to the P2P console phone port. For instance, if you set the parent control timer for a start time 22:00 (10:00 PM), an end time of 05:00 (5:00 AM), and effecting remote receiver port #1, then all calls that were supposed to only ring at the telephone attached to remote receiver port #1 will now ring the telephone attached the phone port on the P2P console Unit during that time period.

    Press the MENU key until the display shows “PARENT CTRL=ON/OFF” the user can press the SELECT, FORWARD, or BACK keys to modify which remote receivers are affected by the settings of the Parent Control Timer. Each key press will toggle only the activated Remote icons, located on the bottom right of the display. If any of the Remote Icons are illuminated then the display will indicate ”PARENT CTRL = ON”. Once the desired Remote Ports are selected the user should press the SAVE key to save these port settings. The display will now show “ON Time = xx:xx”. If the start time of the parent control mode is already set properly, the user should press the SELECT key to skip any time modification. To set or change the start time of parent control mode, press the BACK key to change the hour, and press the FORWARD key to change the minutes (10 minute intervals). Now press the SAVE key to save the parent control start time. The display will now show “OFF Time = xx:xx”. Use the same key sequences to modify the stop time of the Parent Control Mode.
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  16. Question : How to set the P2P Console control switch #2 – Caller ID Retransmit
    Answer : First locate Control Switch #2. It is located on the bottom side of the P2P Console. The small recessed opening on the bottom side contains control switches 1-8. Each switch has its respective number printed on the OFF side of the switch position. Control Switch #2 is used to Enable or Disable the Caller ID retransmit function. If you have telephones that are capable of receiving and displaying the Caller ID data, you should Enable the Caller ID retransmit function by setting this switch to the ON position. This is simply done by using an object with a narrow tip, such as a pen or toothpick. Control switch #2 is set to the OFF position at the factory.
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  17. Question : How to set the P2P Console control switch #3 – Call Waiting ID
    Answer : First locate Control Switch #3. It is located on the bottom side of the P2P Console. The small recessed opening on the bottom side contains control switches 1-8. Each switch has its respective number printed on the OFF side of the switch position.

    Control Switch #3 is used to Enable or Disable Call Waiting Caller ID control. If the user has also subscribed to Call ID Waiting Service, this unit can ring the built in P2P Unit ringer when the Call Waiting caller ID has found a match in the personal data base. If you are not using a Call ID Waiting capable telephone then switch #3 should be set to ON. If you are using a Caller ID Waiting Capable phone then leave this switch OFF and the phone will acknowledge the Call Waiting Signal.

    Note: If, while using the phone, you periodically hear a “chirp” on the line, you may wish to set this switch to the OFF position to remove this annoyance. The P2P Unit is very sensitive to particular frequencies and in some cases it will improperly signal the line.

    Setting the switch is simply done by using an object with a narrow tip, such as a pen or toothpick. Control switch #3 is set to the ON position at the factory.
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Tips & General Information

  1. Question : I was trying to set the Port routing selections for a new call that I was reviewing. The display was illuminating Remote Ports 2,3 & 4 as available, but I only have Remote Receiver #1 installed. Why is it giving me the option to route to Remote Receivers that I have not purchased and installed?
    Answer : You need to set the P2P Unit for the correct number of Remote Receivers. This is accomplished by pressing the MENU key until the display shows “REMOTE SETTNG”. Now press the SELECT key until the correct number of installed Remote Receivers is displayed. Now press the SAVE key. From this point on, when you are reviewing new calls it will only illuminate the available remote receivers.
  2. Question : Can I block calls without setting the system for SIMPLE or DATABASE screening modes?
    Answer : Yes you can, For example - If you wish to block 866-xxx-xxxx incoming telephone numbers, simply dial 866# and hang up the attached handset, then complete the procedures to add the record to your database (remember to set the desired port routing).
    If the port setting was selected to be the ANS MACH port only then any 1-866-xxx-xxxx call will be routed to your answering machine and your system would not be screening any other types of calls. (It is common for phone solicitors to be calling from an 866 based number).
    You can block a specific 10-digit phone number simply by reviewing and saving the offending call with a port selection of ANS MACH only.

 

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