This next section covers installation for The Stick in various configurations and applications. We have tried to cover virtually all installation, scenarios that may be found in the home and business. If we missed yours or you have something weird in mind for an installation - please call. Maybe we can help you out or save you some time and unneeded expense.


Where You Gonna Put It?


It really makes no difference if you are installing The Stick in a business or a home-the main considerations for installation really have to do with how you require The Stick to perform and what you are willing to do with it as far as installation requirements go. Below are the three main questions you should ask yourself:


  1. Do You Require “Barge-In” Protection or Call Access From All Extensions?

  2. Is There A Multi-line Phone System Present?

  3. How Much Hassle and Expense Do I Want To Incur Installing The Stick?


How Do You Want It To Work?


To better understand the type of installation/placement that may be right for you, think of The Stick as either a “traffic cop” or a “personal secretary”.


!@&?)+!! Traffic Cops!


“Traffic cops” aren’t the most popular people in the world so we’ll keep this analogy short and sweet. If installed into the phone-line BEFORE all phone extensions, wall jacks, multi-line phone systems, etc., The Stick acts like a “traffic cop” at an intersection. All inbound call “traffic” is intercepted by The Stick via its automatic answer feature and routed to its proper destination ( i.e. phone, fax, modem).


The standard feature that makes this type of installation attractive is “Barge-In Protection” and The Stick’s ability to transfer a call between devices. If a voice call is answered and routed, only the phones will ring. If a call, accompanied by CNG, is answered and routed, only the fax machine will receive the call. Once a call is directed to its intended device, our “traffic cop” also keeps equipment connected to The Stick from “Barging-In” on the existing call.


Once again, for The Stick to perform in this manner, it must be installed on the phone line BEFORE all phone extensions, wall jacks or phone systems.


Your Own Personal Secretary


Everybody needs their own personal secretary to screen calls when they are busy with other things. If you install The Stick on the phone line by plugging it into a telephone wall jack, that is basically what you've got-somebody to answer an incoming call and either:


  1. tell you it is a voice call (by ringing the phone connected to a VOICE port) or
  2. route it to the appropriate equipment
Here’s the scenario-you are in the basement working one Saturday and the phone rings. Of course you have 3 or 4 extension phones scattered about your palatial estate, and particularly, one in the basement. With The Stick plugged into a telephone wall jack upstairs, you have the option of either “grabbing” the call before The Stick does via the basement extension or allowing The Stick to answer the call and route it to the appropriate device.
This type of installation gives you the advantage of accessing an inbound call from any extension- but you lose “Barge-In Protection”. Manual transfers can still be executed from an extension phone if needed.
The Right Features For The Right Installation
In the next section, we have outlined different types of installations and included some recommendations for feature settings that should optimize performance of The Stick for that particular installation. These are just recommendations. If you don’t like the way it works-mutter something under your breath about “busybodies” and change feature settings. We don’t mind.