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'[OT]Private telephone network'
> My wish is to be able to phone (and why not speak ?) between 2 or 3
> local telephones without going "out" to the ordinary and public
> telephone network. (In fact I wish my wife to call me for dinner
> when I am in the attic, making electronics or PIC assembler :-)
> I thought of a pic that could monitor ringing and make the adequate
> switches ... But perhaps, only some wiring could be enough ?
Uhh... If that is really ALL you want to do, you can connect two
standard telephone sets, in SERIES, with a 48 V DC power supply.
Then if you both pick up, you have an intercom.
If you want the phone to ring, you have to capacitor-couple a 60 V AC
(or so) signal onto the 48 V loop. The easy way to do this is to use
an isolation transformer from the AC line. But, I hesitate to
recommend experimenting with AC power-- you can get killed. But
thats the minimal components, easy to do solution.
> The obvious answer is to buy and install a small PBX.
But that's overkill for an intercom...
> The question is: Can it be done with PICs?
> The answer is: Probably not.
I disagree. It is if you're willing to stay in the analog domain
for the audio. How about RJ-11 jacks with digital control on the
outer pair, and standard loop-start style audio on the center two.
But that would require "star" (aka "home run") wiring.
Our commercial PBX uses a variant of this system, so the audio is NOT
digitized, just switched by a digital controller. Don't forget,
plain old telephone service lines are analog (to the end of the local
Well within the capabilities of a PIC. Yea! We're back on topic!!
> For the PBX the task is much more difficult, like extension management,
> probably bus management, not to mention multi-line, music-on-hold, voice
> prompts, tapeless answering machine with multiple mailboxes, Caller-ID
> management, dialing memories, special commands (hold, transfer, conference
> call, forwarding, and many more), FAX and/or Modem tone recognition, and a
> bunch of other things that you expect from a modern digital PBX.
All worthy to add (once you can get the intercom working)!
If I wasn't so busy doing this current project...
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