Many small businesses need a fax but only use it a
few times every month. With a quality fax switch they no
longer need to pay the monthly bill for the fax line.
The fax switch automatically routes fax calls to the fax
machine over an existing voice line thus eliminating the
need for a dedicated fax line.
Savings amount up quickly so this "magic box"
pays for itself in a few months. After that it's money
in the bank or more appropriately "money in your
Now there are two types of single line sharing
devices. The main difference is whether you need more
than one phone number or whether you prefer to use a
single phone number to access your fax, phone, answering
device or modem.
Tone detection: Here the box immediately
answers the phone call but the caller (if it's a voice
call) doesn't know it. The switch generates a ring tone
identical to the so the caller thinks the phone is
ringing but what the box is doing is listening.
It listens for one of three things:
- cng tones (the tones a fax machines identifies
- dtmf (touch-tones pushed on the keypad or appended
to the dialing string), or
- the lack of a signal (typically used for voice or
The box listens and quickly identifies what type of
call it is and then routes it to the proper device.
This product is called the Stick.
Tone Detection requires no extra phone company
The other way to detect calls is with Distinctive
Ringing Service from the phone company.
Distinctive ringing: Distinctive ringing is a
service offered by your local telephone company that you
pay about $2.50 a month per number for (similar to the
way you pay for call waiting and other features).
Distinctive ringing gives you up to three phone
numbers on one line. Each number issues a different
ringing pattern so if it's a normal ring you know its
phone number one, a double ring is phone number two and
A distinctive ringing line sharing device monitors
the line and then when a call comes in, it routes it by
phone number to the specific device for that phone
number. The box never actually answers the phone to
listen. With this type of application, you have two or
three phone numbers sharing one line. You actually have
a fax number and a voice number.
Using a distinctive ringing switch is just like
having 2 (or 3) dedicated phone lines except you can't
have more than one call going at a time. You call one
number for your fax and another number for your voice.
This product is the SR.
The solution depends on user preference. The main
difference is how many phone numbers the small business
With the Stick, you have one phone number for both
fax and modem (and voice if you prefer). The Stick
routes the call on one number and one line to the
correct device (fax or modem). The Stick requires no
additional phone company services.
The SR-2 would give you two phone numbers, one for
your fax and one for your modem. The SR-3 would give you
the choice of two or three numbers on one line and allow
for future expansion. The SR products do require that
you subscribe to your local phone company's distinctive
ringing service for them to route calls to the right
Either product can be ordered securely online at http://faxswitch.com/
or toll free by phone at 1-866-337-0734.
Additional questions please contact Rob Higgins or
visit our website at: http://faxswitch.com