The "Phone" panel

    When you click on the "Phone" tab, a panel appears with controls for configuring telephone access to your PowerKey unit.

    Telephone access allows you to control your PowerKey outlets from any touch-tone telephone in the world. PowerKey can optionally answer the phone (or listen in if another device answers) and will respond to sequences of dialing tones. You can use these tone sequences as a "password" to ensure that unauthorized parties cannot control your system, and create different sequences to control different outlets.

"Answer line" check box

    If this box is checked, your PowerKey unit will answer the phone after the specified number of rings, and begin listening for dialing tone sequences. If it is unchecked, PowerKey will not answer the phone.

    Tip: If you have another device on the same phone line, such as an answering machine or fax machine, that automatically answers the phone, then you can leave this box unchecked, or set it for a higher number of rings. Even if another device answers the phone, PowerKey will be able to listen for tone sequences.

    Pattern pop-up menu
    If you have "distinctive ringing" (a service which gives you several phone numbers for the same line), you can tell PowerKey to answer the phone only if a chosen ring pattern is heard. Contact your local telephone company for more information on the distinctive ringing service.

Tone sequence list

    The main part of the "Phone" panel is a list showing all of the tone sequences you have defined.

    You can enable and disable tone sequences by checking and unchecking the "On" box next to each tone sequence.

    You can customize the appearance of this list in several ways:
    To sort the list by a chosen column, click on its header. Click again to reverse the direction of the sorting.
    To move a column, drag its header to the left or right.
    To resize a column, drag the right edge of its header.

Editing buttons

    The buttons at the bottom of the list let you manage your tone sequences:
    Click the New Tone Sequence... button to define a new tone sequence. The tone sequence editor dialog box will appear.
    Select a tone sequence in the list and click the Edit... button (or double-click on the tone sequence) to edit it. The tone sequence editor dialog box will appear.
    Select a tone sequence in the list and click the Delete button to delete it.

    Tip: You can also hold down the "control" key and select a tone sequence (or right-click using a two-button mouse). This opens a "contextual menu" that shows the same commands as the editing buttons.

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