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Internet Alert identifies the presence of an incoming call and gives the user the option to take the second call or carry on surfing. It solves the problem of engaged tones without the unnecessary expense of a second line and monthly rental charges. Ideal for both home and office use with a compatible PABX.

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      26.07.2001 00:11
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      Anyone who uses the internet a lot and yet doesn't have two phone lines will know the difficulties that this involves with missed phone calls etc. If you live in a house with other people then you can imagine the arguments caused by you constantly tying up the phone lines whilst you are surfing and they are waiting for a call... Well that used to be how it was in my household, but not anymore thanks to this wonderful piece of equipment from Complementary Technologies. The Internet Alert 510(as it is called) is a little orange box which saves you a whole heap of big problems. It uses BT's 'Call Waiting' service to monitor the phone line and detect when somebody is trying to dial in to your house. When it finds that someone is, a light flashes and the unit emits a loud beeping sound giving you the option to either answer the call or to just surf on by ignoring your children's annoying friends and getting on with your dooyoo-ing. To answer the call you just pick up the phone as you would normally do and the IA510 cuts off the internet and allows you to talk normally as if it was never there. When the call is finished, simply return to you PC and hit refresh and you are ready to go again...it really is as simple as that! Priced at £29.95(plus £2.95 p&p), the IA510 holds an enormous advantage over the prospect of investing in a second phone line in mere price alone. You will also have to have Call Waiting enabled on your phone line, which is around £4 a quarter the last time I bothered to look properly, so its a huge price difference. Installation is simple and fast. Plug the IA510 into the telephone jack socket in the wall and connect the phone and internet cable to the provided sockets. Then plug in the device's own power cable into the nearest wall socket and a slight tweak in you modem settings and you are ready to go - that simple. Instructions come with the unit and are pretty straightforward so I didn't have a
      ny trouble installing it at all. One minor gripe I do have about the unit is what I see as a simple oversight on behalf of the company. It would have been better in my opinion to be able to see who is dialing in to the house on the unit, rather than simply being notified of a call. I have to answer all calls in the off chance that it might be something important and usually find that its someone I would rather have ignored...simple caller display would have made the unit 10 times better in my opinion. But...its the only device of its kind which I have seen to date and at this price it can't really be argued with. To me its invaluable, and no doubt to many of thsoe who read this op. too. Check it out...its well worth it! ~~Notes~~ As far as I am aware, this item is only available direct from the manufacturers themselves at the moment - if anyone knows differently then I am willing to be corrected on the matter. If you are interested in the unit, then it can be found at: http://www.ctl-bolton.com where you will also find all other relative information such as company address, tel no. etc. which you may or may not require.

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        03.07.2001 02:08
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        We all know the problems of having one telephone line and an Internet connection. There can’t be anyone reading this who has not missed a call at some time in the past while they have been on Dooyoo. The only solution in the past has been to pay for two telephone lines, but not anymore. The Internet Alert 510, manufactured by Complementary Technologies solves this problem. When you are online and receive a call, the unit beeps and a light flashes. You then decide whether you want to take the call. If you do want to speak to the caller, you simply pick up your telephone and this device will disconnect your modem from the Internet. Alternatively you can keep surfing and call them back later. ~~ Price ~~ £29.95 plus £2.95 postage and packing ~~ Requirements ~~ You will need to ask your telephone company to enable call waiting on your line to use this device. ~~ What is included for the price ~~ A very easy to follow instruction leaflet A manufacturers one-year limited warranty Internet Alert 510 unit with attached telephone line cord A power supply (230V to 9v AC OUT) 2 x RJ11 to BT socket adapter leads ~~ To set up ~~ You simply connect the Internet Alert 510 unit into your telephone socket, via the hard-wired line cord. Then connect your telephone and modem to the sockets on the device with the two adapter leads provided. Finally, plug the AC adapter into the unit and a mains socket. Once you have ensured that call waiting is enabled in your modem software, you are ready to go. The instruction leaflet provided explains the set up very clearly. I found it very simple to do. ~~ Where to get the Internet Alert 510? ~~ http://www.ctl-bolton.com Complementary Technologies Ltd Comtech House 28, Manchester Road West Houghton, Bolton, Lancashire, UK BL5 3QJ Tel 01942 851800 Fax 01942 851808 Email
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          01.02.2001 02:34
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          If like Me You are fed up with missing those important phone calls,because You are on the internet,then this may be of interest to you. It is a new invention called "internet Alert 510". How this box works.... You have a box that you fit to your computer via the modem. A flashing and bleeping display appears on the box itself,alerting you that somebody is trying to reach you on the phone. It then gives you the option of whether you wish to take the call,or carry on surfing. You have fifteen seconds to decide to take the call,after that the call is cut off. The unit itself cost £29.95 and is the easiest piece of equipment that I have ever had to install on my computer. The "internet Alerter" is compatible with all computer modems which means whether you have a PC,MAC,a WEB TV UNIT,DREAMCAST orPS2 it will work on all of them. You will need to have a call waiting service through your phone provider,with BT it will cost You £1.33 a month for this .It will not operate without it. I had previously bought a mobile phone,to get around this problem but found that people were reluctant to ring a mobile due to the high cost of the calls. All I used to hear from My family was "there is no point trying to ring you as all we ever get is the engaged tone". It got to the point where I darent go on the internet during the day,now I dont have to worry about missing my phone calls. The only thing I dont like about this box is the horrid colour Orange not My favourite colour at all.

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