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Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

(OP)
This is going to sound weird but. . .

Is it possible to direct a landline telephone ring through a laptop – not make calls but simply hear the phone ring? I have a music room where we play through mixers to headphones. When playing (drumming in particular) we do not hear the phone when it rings. I do have an external speaker and LED light that flashes when a call comes in but I have still missed a few calls. Is it possible to have a “ring” sounded through a laptop then directed through the mixer to the headphones?

Thanks,
Steve

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

Maybe provide some details such as the setup with the hardware and what type of phone or phone system etc etc etc.
Pretend we are blind.
Otherwise move laptop away from the phone is all I can think of right now.

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RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

If the telephone is an analog unit (one that can be plugged into a jack in a someone's home and function correctly) an external double-gong ringer might be suitable in your situation.

But to know for certain, as curlycord stated, we would need to know the requested information. smile

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RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

(OP)
Thank you for your quick responses. The phone is an old battery operated Panasonic analog cordless phone with the base unit hard wired to the wall jack and connected to the wall for power.

I do have an external telephone ringer but it is not loud enough (actually I wish it had a lower tone). Here it is – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055Y9WNC/ref=p...

I was hoping to find a way to trigger a “ring” or some other sound from my laptop. That way the ring could be redirected so I would hear it through my headphones.

Steve

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

Since LED is not working then maybe you might want a strobe alert device

Otherwise my thoughts are that you will need a modem, tapi driver and a software (softphone).

Another thought is to use a splitter for your headset, one goes to the out put of a ringer such as an Algo Ringer

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RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

How about something like this?


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RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

(OP)
CurlyCord & Dexman -
I like your ideas but that’s a bit more than I was considering (I’m a cheapskate). I guess for now I will just keep my ears (and eyes) more attuned to my surrounds.

Again, my thanks...
Steve

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

To get the ring to come through your headphones, you're going to need a way to detect the ringing voltage and generate a tone, which would then be fed into a channel on your mixer and routed to your headphones.

Off the shelf, Viking Electronics makes a Loop and Ring Detector which would give you a contact closure to trigger a Multi Tone Generator that you feed the output to a mixer channel

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

(OP)
Thanks all. I was hoping for something much simpler. I guess I will just put this to rest for now.

Again, thanks all...
Steve K.

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

One possibility for simple and cheap is to attach something that functions as a highly insensitive microphone (so it doesn't pickup normal sounds) directly on the ringer device - such as a very small speaker - and connect it to the mixer. Wondering if a speaker from one of those audio greeting cards would adequately work as an insensitive microphone, and not require that you crank up the mixer channel gain to where noise becomes a problem.

(Somehow I can't escape the feeling that I'm going to regret posting this - I keep hearing the word "dumb" running around in my head.)

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

Easy Answer - No, not cheaply

Harder answer - easiest option would be to get a small PBX that has SIP Extension Capabilities. Plug line into system, have softphone setup on laptop, and tada. So for example, an NEC SV9100 SE, or Ericsson-LG IPECS/UCP ... both these systems come with 2 free softphone licences.

Another option, a little more cost effective but could have other issues ... call forward landline to mobile, pair mobile to windows (android does this natively), and when mobile rings, it will ring on windows app, and thus through headphone input into mixer board/headphones.

RE: Hear landline phone ring through laptop?

(OP)
Thanks all for your suggestions. After a bit of trial and error I decided to go the "low-tech" route. I simply taped a small (cheap) microphone to an external phone ringer, then ran the mic cable to a separate channel on my mixer. It's not exactly what I wanted but it works - I have to set the volume/gain quite high to be heard over the music etc. so I'm getting a bit of a hum, but again, it works.

Thanks again...
Steve

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