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Just got a quad BT 8500 and am delighted with Call Guardian.
One thing is confusing me. In "Call Control" I can turn "First ring" on or off. This isn't in the setting to make the answerphone pick up on the first ring - that is elsewhere.
There is nothing in the manual, nor the on line help, to tell me what the "First Ring" setting does.
Does anyone know?
Geoff, there is a Freephone number for the helpdesk if the phone is within warranty:
By phone: 0800 145 6789
That setting is something to do with whether the first ring of an incoming call is allowed to ring the phone bell, or if it should wait for the second ring. I've read elsewhere that sometimes the caller id info does not come through until the second ring. Presumably if the 8500 nade its decision on the first ring it would not always have the call id on which to base its decision.
I've just inatalled an 8500 and left setting at its default.
Thanks, John. I've been trying to figure out that call settings menu myself.
Do you know what "Auto Join Calls" (in the same menu) means?
I believe that if set, you can join a call in progress on an additional handset just by picking it up (or by pressing the green button if you do not have auto-answer set). - Just like you used to be able to on corded phones connected to different sockets.
By the way I have found that I can't use auto-answer on the 8500 because when it connects immediately on picking up the phone, I can't hear the announcement message for new callers. By the time it is near enough to my ear for me to hear it, the announcement has already finished. I find the announcments and answer phone playback very quiet even on maximum volume.
Also if you have another ordinary extension phone on the same circuit, it will ring or tinkle once before the Call Guardian kicks in, which is a nuisance, so we turned first ring OFF for that reason. I find Call Guardian might still force Allowed calls to be Announced instead.