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#561219 - 11/12/13 04:02 PM What is this ??
data-wolf Offline

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 9
Loc: NJ
I hope I am posting this in the correct forum. The reason I selected this forum is because of the age of this thing.

The sticker shows this as a "American Bell Consumer Product"


It is 110 vac power and has a FCC pt 68 AS593M-11545-MA-T

mfg Western Electric

see the pics

once again I apologize if I screwed this post up

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Thank you for any input


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#561242 - 11/12/13 07:10 PM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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It looks like it's some sort of alarm-reporting telephone/dialer.

Are there any other inputs on the back besides the "WALL" and "TEL" jacks?

What's hiding under the lift-up flap on the front panel?
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#561252 - 11/12/13 10:43 PM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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Paging Dr. Vaughn....Paging Dr. Ed Vaughn! grin

#561271 - 11/13/13 07:35 AM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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Also it's a recording device.

#561275 - 11/13/13 08:58 AM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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I've never seen that before, but I have to agree that it is some kind of dialer since it has the line-in and line-out jacks. As for the recording part, maybe it was a dialer that had a built-in recorder? Hey, I'm just guessing here.
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#561277 - 11/13/13 09:19 AM Re: What is this ?? [Re: Arthur P. Bloom]
data-wolf Offline

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 9
Loc: NJ
Nothing !

You get a male computer voice prompt when you program unit.

you can enter tel numbers for

you can set date and time

there are slots in back of unit looks like there is a separate wall mounting bracket needed

There are no other inputs beside wall and phone RJ11 connections. My first thoughts were this is a Life Alert type device that would need a wireless adapter to activate a call out.

#561410 - 11/14/13 11:12 PM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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It resembles an AT&T consumer product emergency dialer that I once saw and played with back in '91. But I don't see any remote fob associated with it.

Edited by MnDave (11/14/13 11:14 PM)
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#561452 - 11/15/13 04:44 PM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 70
Loc: Northern NJ
Yes, this is a "Telstar" Call Control system. It came out around 1985 (if I remember correctly.) It was essentially an answering machine that allowed incoming callers to leave a "message" (their number) by using the touch tones on their phone. It had some other features like last number dial, speed dial, and incoming hold that were all activated using touch tones on your phone. It was designed to be wired to an RJ-31X jack so that it could be the first device on the line.

I still have one of these and a manual. If you need the manual I can scan it when I get a change.

#561633 - 11/19/13 04:54 PM Re: What is this ?? [Re: godfather]
data-wolf Offline

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 9
Loc: NJ
Thank you all for the info you provided !

I think I am just going to put it up on eBay and see what it does


#609196 - 03/27/17 12:32 AM Re: What is this ?? [Re: godfather]
1kam Offline

Registered: 03/26/17
Posts: 1
Loc: usa
Reviving a dead thread

Godfather, if this message finds you

I beg of you to scan that manual for me.

#609208 - 03/27/17 09:43 AM Re: What is this ?? [Re: data-wolf]
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Since this thread is over 3 years old you'd probably have better luck sending a PM. godfather last posted in December so he's still around.

Locking this thread.
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