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ToddBarry
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« on: July 26, 2017, 12:03:51 pm »

I've had an OBi202 for quite a while and using Vestalink, and have been very happy. Last week, against my instincts, I upgraded to the latest firmware - 3.1.1 (Build: 5695EX).

I believe (but am not positive), the following new problem is related to the upgrade.

All inbound and outbound calls still work fine, but if we don't answer an incoming call, and the answering machine picks up, all that is left for the message is a series of beeps, spaced about 3 seconds apart. I hear the beeps if I'm standing by the machine while the calls comes in, and the beeps are on the message when played back. The caller voice is not heard at all.

Any ideas on what may be going on here?  I haven't been able to find anything when searching around.

Thanks,
Todd
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drgeoff
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 12:52:35 pm »

Maybe the beeps are generated by the answering machine.  If so, its manual should explain why.
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ToddBarry
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 03:19:25 pm »

Nothing has changed with the answering machine and there is no reference to a series of beeps in the manual. The machine is still activated to record messages (it is not in "greeting only" mode) and still shows that messages have been recorded.
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chilirock
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 08:12:21 pm »

Hi ToddBarry,

I had the same exact issue as you, inbound and outbound calls work fine. But if I let the answering machine pick up, I just get the series of single beeps spaced 2-3 seconds apart. The caller hears the same beeps as can be heard by speaker on the answering machine. And it's not possible for the caller to leave a message. The best I can tell, something in the firmware changed after firmware v5491 that impacts the previously working answering machine. You can read my experience with the same issue and the responses I received here: http://www.obitalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=12530.0

All I can tell you is that if you want to get your answering machine working again, download and reinstall firmware version v5491 or before. I've tested every version after that one none work with my answering machine. I reinstalled v5491 for now to get it working again. Someone else confirmed at the end of the thread above that they also got their machine working again by reinstalling v5491.

The following link has release notes for v5562 (the first version after v5491 where my answering machine stopped working) https://www.ukvoipforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=987. In the notes there is mention of changes related to fax detection. My guess is that the change has something to do with the way the answering machine operates or in my case doesn't operate.

If someone reading this or the other thread knows how to disable the fax detection altogether, we could try that. I donít need to receive inbound faxes, so I donít even need that function. I would like to disable it to see if that helps.
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ToddBarry
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2017, 09:49:58 am »

Chilirock:

Wow, you have saved the day - thank you!  Downgrading to v5491 has restored the ability to record voice mail messages. Clearly, something in v5562 and later breaks this capability.  Unfortunately, we'll be stuck on v5491 unless a fix for this is ever provided.

I cannot believe the condescending replies you received in that other thread even when you clearly demonstrated that downgrading firmware restored the capability, and that it broke again when upgrading past that version. Not a shining moment for how the OBiTALK Community should function.

Thank you again for your help - greatly appreciated.

-Todd
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chilirock
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2017, 06:02:26 pm »

@ToddBarry, thanks for the note. I wanted to keep you and others posted that have the issue. I upgraded to v5695EX this past weekend and I'm still having the issue with the latest fw. I tried a suggestion that I received, to turn off X_FaxPassThroughSignal. That didn't seem to help.

I did try sending my calls directly to Google Chat and not to my CallCentric number, and when I do that the answering machine works fine. It's only when my calls are forwarded from Google Voice to CallCentric that it stops working again. I don't know if that's a clue or not, but I was hoping it might trigger someone to suggest something else to try.
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