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Call display on my computer?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by lola2001, Apr 5, 2007.

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  1. lola2001

    lola2001 Thread Starter

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    This is going to be a weird question but I've looked other places and just can't find an answer.

    I live in a condo so I have this special set up where I have my DSL connection through my satellite TV (which is on the roof of the building).

    When someone calls me the caller ID flashes on my TV. I was wondering if I could get that to flash on my computer screen as well.

    Is that even possible with dsl?

    I called the satellite people and they had no clue (as usual).

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. cwwozniak

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    That has got to be one one VERY special set up. DSL has got nothing to do with satellite TV as far as I know. A DSL modem connects to the internet through a telephone line. Your PC would then normally connect to the DSL modem with a USB or CAT5 (Ethernet) cable.

    By any chance do you have a satellite receiver box connected to the TV that can display the caller ID information. If so, does that satellite receiver also have a telephone line connected to it? If so, then there is a very good chance that the satellite receiver is displaying the caller ID information that is on the phone line for an incoming call.

    Does your PC have a telephone line fax/data modem built-in. If so you should be able to find software that will decode the caller ID information for a telephone line connected to that modem and display it on the screen. I have never used such software but a Google search for Caller ID windows software gave many hits for sites that offer such software.

    It may be cheaper and less bother to simply get a telephone with caller ID or an inexpensive Caller ID box and keep it next to the PC. That way you can see the caller ID information if the PC and TV are both off.
     
  3. lola2001

    lola2001 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the information.

    Yes, my satellite receiver box displays the caller ID on the TV..because I subscribe to the service, otherwise it doesn't work.

    I do have a phone with caller ID but just thought it would be convienient to have it pop up on the computer as well since they are both from the same company.

    My DSL modem and my satellite receiver are one and the same with a CAT5 cable running from the receiver to the computer and a separate cable running to the TV.
     
  4. cwwozniak

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    Do you know if your computer has a telephone modem that supports caller ID?
     
  5. lola2001

    lola2001 Thread Starter

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    No, I just have a nic card, that's it.
     
  6. cwwozniak

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    Then I suspect that there is no way to get the caller ID through the network connection unless your DSL/satellite box has that function and you have matching software on the PC to display it.
     
  7. lkmaese

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    I live out in the desert and have broadband via satellite, Verizon who does not provide caller id in our area. I had caller ID through AOl but retrieving messages was a nightmare and sometimes impossible. Is there a way to get caller ID through my computer? Thank you so much.:)
     
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