Meridian 9516 Digital Caller ID Answer Phone
(430-5801)                 Operation I                Faxback Doc. # 38930


Making a Call

With the Meridian 9516 you can make a regular call or predial a telephone
number.  Predialing allows you to check the number before it is dialed out.
Follow the procedures below to make a regular or predialed call.

To make a regular call:

1.  Lift the handset or press Handsfree Mute.
2.  Enter the number using the dial pad.

To make a predialed call:

1.  Enter the number using the dial pad.
2.  Lift the handset or press either Handsfree Mute or Dial.

Answering a Call

To answer a call:

1.  Lift the handset or press Handsfree Mute.

Calling line identification (CLID) information is sent from the telephone
company to your Meridian 9516 telephone between the first and second ring.
Therefore, if you want the telephone number of the incoming call to appear
on the display and in the Callers List, you must wait until the information
appears on the display before answering the telephone.

Note:  Contact your local telephone company to subscribe to CLID services.

Putting a call on hold

When you put a call on hold it is important to hang up the handset.

To put a call on hold and take a call off hold:

1.  Make or answer a call.
2.  Press HOLD.  The display shows that the call is on hold.
3.  Hang up the handset.
4.  To retrieve the call, lift the handset or press either HOLD or Handsfree
    Mute.  Note:  If you don't retrieve the call after 15 minutes, the call
    is automatically dropped.

Two things can happen if you don't hang up the handset after you have put
a call on hold:

  When the call you have put on hold is picked up at another extension, the
  call remains connected to your telephone and is taken off hold.  This
  means any background noise from your area will be heard by the caller and
  the other extension.

  If an incoming call is placed on hold and no one at another extension
  picks up the handset, the telephone will drop the held call after 15
  minutes and re-establish dial tone.

Note:  The Meridian 9516 automatically releases the held call when an
       extension telephone picks up the call.

Making a Handsfree Call

You can dial without using the handset or you can make a regular call and
then talk without using the handset.

To dial without picking up the handset:

1.  Press Handsfree Mute.
2.  Enter the number using the dial pad.

To switch to a Handsfree call:

1.  Lift the handset.
2.  Enter the number using the dial pad.
3.  When the call is answered, press Handsfree Mute.
4.  Hang up the handset.

Putting a call on mute

You can turn OFF the microphone so that the caller cannot hear you but you
can still hear the caller.  This only works when you are on a handsfree 
call.

To mute a call:

1.  Press Handsfree Mute.
2.  Without lifting the handset, make a call.
3.  To turn the microphone off, press Handsfree Mute again.  You can hear
    your caller but your caller cannot hear you.  The light beside 
    Handsfree Mute flashes.
4.  To speak to your caller, press Handsfree Mute again.  Each time you
    press Handsfree Mute, you switch between handsfree and mute.
5.  When the call is over, press Rls.

Using the Redial List

If you do not remember a number you just dialed, you can find it in the
Redial List.  Pressing Redial shows you a list of the last ten numbers you
called.  Once you lift the handset, pressing Redial automatically dials
the last number.

To make a call from the Redial List:

1.  Press Redial.  The display shows the last number you dialed.
2.  Find the number you wish to call by pressing up or down arrow.
3.  When the number is displayed, lift the handset or press either
    Handsfree Mute or Dial.

There may be times when you want to delete the contents of the Redial List.
An example is if you have entered a personal number during the call such
as a password or your calling card number.

To delete the Redial List:

1.  Press Redial.
2.  Press Delete twice.  Note:  Pressing Delete twice deletes the entire
    Redial List.

Set Options Key

The unlabeled Set Options key is hidden under the sliding panel and allows
you to access 24 options to customize your telephone.

Move the sliding panel over to the right to reveal the Set Options key.

Changing the display language

You may wish to change the language of the display messages and prompts.

To change the language:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Use up and down arrows to scroll to number one or press 01 to go 
    directly to the item.
3.  Follow the instructions on the display.

Setting the date and time

If you subscribe to calling line identification service, the date and time
are set automatically after you receive your first incoming call.  If you
do not subscribe, you must set the date and time manually.

To set the date and time:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Use up and down arrows to scroll to number two or press 02 to go 
    directly to the item.
3.  Follow the instructions on the display.

To resume the automatic date and time setting (if the date and time has 
been set manually), disconnect the power supply, then re-connect it.  After
your first incoming call, the date and time are automatically set.

Turning the Ringer ON and OFF

To turn the ringer ON:

1.  Press the right side of the volume control bar.  Continue pressing the
    right hand side until you reach the desired ring volume.

To turn the ringer OFF:

1.  Press the left side the volume control bar.  Continue pressing the left
    hand side until the ringer is off.  Ringer is OFF appears on the 
    display.

Note:  Do not lift the handset while you are turning the ringer ON or OFF.

Setting the ring tone and ringer volume

You can choose one of four different ring tones and set the ringer volume.

To set the ring tone and volume:

1.  Make sure that the ringer is turned ON.
2.  Press the Set Options key.
3.  Use the up and down arrows to scroll to number three or press 03 to go
    directly to the item.
4.  Follow the instructions on the display.  When choosing the ring tone,
    press the volume control bar to adjust the volume.
5.  Press Save to end when you are satisfied with the ring tone and ringer
    volume.  Note:  You cannot turn the volume off when you are choosing
    the ring tone.

Controlling the ringer volume

While the telephone is idle or ringing, you can press the left or right
side of the volume bar for soft or loud ringer volume.

Controlling the receiver volume

While you are on the telephone, you can press the left or right side of the
volume bar for soft or loud receiver volume.  When you have completed your
call, the receiver volume returns to default.

Controlling the speaker volume

While you are listening using handsfree, you can press left or right side
of the volume bar for soft or loud speaker volume.

Turning the Answering Machine Off

The answering machine is turned on at the factory.  You can turn it off
through the Set Options list.

To turn the answering machine off:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Press up or down arrows to scroll to number nine or press 09 to go
    directly to the item.
3.  Press * to turn the answering machine off or to turn it back on.

Even when the answering machine is turned off it will answer the call after
15 rings.  This allows you to turn on the answering machine using the
Remote Access feature.

Number of rings before answering

You can set the number of rings the answering machine waits before 
answering.  You can choose from two to nine rings.  The default setting
is four rings.

To set the number of rings:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Use the arrow up or down keys to scroll to number 11 or press 11 to go
    directly to the item.
3.  Press * to set the number of rings.
4.  Enter the number of rings using the dial pad.
5.  Press Save.

Greetings

A greeting is played to your incoming callers when you are unavailable to
take the call.  The Meridian 9516 has a factory recorded greeting that can
be changed at any time.  This greeting is used until you record a different
greeting.

If you choose not to use the factory greeting (outgoing message), you can
record your own which is called the General Greeting.  

The Special Greeting is the same as the General greeting except that it is
activated by distinctive ring.

The Private Greeting is played to intercept calls from people who have
blocked their telephone numbers when you have the Call Blocking option
turned on.  

Personal greetings are played when you want a specific greeting played to
people that you have entered in your Directory.

You can record Mailbox greetings to groups of people that have been entered
into your Directory.

Note:  Sometimes callers choose not to listen to your greeting before
       recording a message.  They can press # to skip your greeting and 
       leave their message immediately.

General Greeting

If you choose not to use the factory greeting (outgoing message), you can
record your own.  The purpose of the General Greeting is to greet your
callers and provide them with information about leaving messages.  After
you finish recording you should replay your greeting to ensure it sounds
the way you intended.

For example:

"Hi.  This is David Rassell.  I'm unable to take your call right now. 
Please leave a message after the tone and I will return your call as soon
as possible."

While you are recording your greeting you can press Hold to pause.  A pause
is useful if you are interrupted while you are recording your greeting.  
When you are ready to continue recording your greeting, press Hold.  The
pause is not included in your greeting and will not be heard by the callers.

Note:  Although you can use either Handsfree or the handset to record your
       greeting, a better recording results when you speak directly into
       the handset.

The Special Greeting

The Special Greeting is activated by a distinctive ring.  For your 
telephone to receive a distinctive ring, you must subscribe to your
telephone company for Distinctive Ringing.  The telephone company provides
you with an additional telephone number.  The additional telephone number
has a slightly different ring.  The Meridian 9516 is able to detect the
difference between the two ring types and can determine if the caller 
should hear the General Greeting or the Special Greeting.

A situation where the Special Greeting is very useful is if you are 
operating a business out of your home.  You could use the regular number
to record the General Greeting as the greeting for your home and the
distinctive ring number to record the Special Greeting as your business
greeting.

For example:

General Greeting - "Hi you've reached the Anderson's.  We're unable to take
                   your call right now.  Please leave your name and number
                   and we'll give you a call back as soon as we can."

Special Greeting - "Thank you for calling Anderson Graphics.  No one is
                   available to take your call right now.  Please leave
                   your name and number and someone will get back to you
                   as soon as possible.

Note:  If you subscribe to Long Distance Ringing, then the Special greeting
       will be played when you receive a long distance call.  You cannot
       use the Special Greeting and the Fax Switch feature at the same time.

The Private Greeting

The Private Greeting is played when your callers have blocked their 
telephone numbers from being displayed.  Callers who have blocked their
telephone numbers appear as "Private name" and/or "Private number" on the
telephone display and in the Callers List.

You must record the Private Greeting before it can be played to callers
who have blocked their telephone numbers or names.  If you do not record
a Private Greeting, these callers will hear the General Greeting.

For example:

"You are calling from a private number, please identify the number you are
calling from and I will return the call."

The Private Greeting is used in conjunction with the Call Blocking feature.

Note:  You must have CLID capability to utilize the Private Greeting.

Recording Greetings

To record your greeting:

1.  Press Greetings.
2.  Press the up or down arrows to find the greeting you want to record.
3.  Press Record.
4.  Lift the handset and press Record again.
5.  Record your greeting.
6.  Press Save to end your recording.
7.  Press Rls.

To listen to your greeting:

1.  Press Greetings.
2.  Press the up or down arrows to find your greeting.
3.  Press Play.
4.  Press Rls.

To change your greetings:

1.  Press Greetings.
2.  Press the up or down arrows to find the greeting you want to change.
3.  Press Record.
4.  Lift the handset and press Record again.
5.  Re-record your greeting.
6.  Press Save to end your recording.
7.  Press Rls.

To delete your greeting:

1.  Press Greetings.
2.  Press the up or down arrows to find the greeting you want to delete.
3.  Press Delete twice.
4.  Press Rls.

Messages

The maximum recording time for each greeting and incoming message is two
minutes.  The maximum total time for all your greetings and messages is
30 minutes.  As you delete messages, delete or record memos, the amount of
time in minutes and seconds remaining is shown on the display.

Knowing when you have a message

The Meridian 9516 indicator light flashes slowly to let you know when you
have a message and x New messages (right arrow) appears on the display.

Audible Message Alert

You can also program the Meridian 9516 to alert you audibly when there is 
a message or a memo for you.  A reminder tone sounds every 20 seconds
reminding you that you have a message or memo.

To enable audible message alert:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Use the up or down arrows to scroll to number 14 or press 14 to go
    directly to the item.
3.  Press * to enable or disable audible message alert.

Auto Playback

You can listen to all of your new messages in the order that they were
left through the handsfree speaker.

To listen to your messages:

1.  Press Play.
2.  Press * for the General mailbox, # for the Special mailbox, or one of
    the dial pad numbers to select the mailbox.

    Note:  This selects all of the messages from a single mailbox.  If you
           want to listen to all of the messages in all of the mailboxes,
           do not select a mailbox number.

3.  Press Play.

    Note:  If you want to hear your messages privately, press Play, lift
           the handset and press Play again.

Controlled playback using the Callers List

You can select or screen the messages that are played back by using the
Callers List.

To select the order of messages:

1.  Press Callers.
2.  Press the up or down arrows to find the message you want.
3.  Press Play to listen to a message.
4.  After you have listened to your message, press Rls.

Playback Options

There are five options you can use when you are listening to your
messages:

   pressing arrow right once allows you to listen to your message at a
   faster than normal speed and still understand the message,

   pressing arrow left once skips back five seconds in the message and 
   returns to normal speed, 

   pressing Hold once pauses the message,

   pressing arrow up advances to the next message,
 
   pressing delete twice erases the message during controlled playback only.

Make Message New

You might have listened to a message that was intended for someone else.
The Meridian 9516 allows you to make the message new again.

To make the message new:

1.  Press Callers.
2.  Use the up or down arrows to find the message that you want to make new.
3.  Press *.  The indicator light begins flashing and x New message (arrow
    right) appears on the display indicating a new message.

Selective message delete

You can delete messages at any time without changing the order of your
messages.

1.  Press Callers.
2.  Use the up or down arrows to find the message you want to delete.
3.  Press Delete twice.
4.  Press Rls.
5.  To continue deleting messages one at a time, repeat steps 1 through 4.

To delete all messages:

1.  Press Callers.
2.  Press Delete twice.
3.  Press Rls.

Note:  When you delete all of the messages, you also delete all of the
       entries in the Callers List.

Call screening

When the Meridian 9516 answers a call, your greeting and the voice of the
person calling is played back through the handsfree speaker.  You can
choose to pick up the call or let the call go to the answering machine.
The Call Screening option is enabled by default.

To disable call screening:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Use the arrow up or down keys to scroll the number 13 or press 13 to
    go directly to the item.
3.  Press * to enable or disable call screening.

Call intercept

If the Meridian 9516 answers a call and you want to speak to the caller,
you can disconnect the recording by either lifting the handset, pressing
Handsfree Mute or by picking up the handset from another extension
telephone.

Calling party control

If your caller decides not to leave a message and hangs up, the Meridian
9516 stops recording and hangs up.  The call will still be logged in the
Callers List.

Toll Saver

When you call the Meridian 9516, the number of rings prior to answering 
tells you if there are any new messages.  If the answering machine answers
on the second ring, there has been a new message recorded.  If there have
been no new messages recorded, the Meridian 9516 answers after the number
of rings you have set.  This is particularly useful if you are calling long
distance or from a pay phone.  The toll saver option is disabled by default.
Note:  You should set the Meridian 9516 to answer after three or more
       rings in order for the Toll saver feature to work.

To enable the toll saver:

1.  Press the Set Options key.
2.  Use the up or down arrows to scroll to number ten or press 10 to go
    directly to the item.
3.  Press * to enable the toll saver.

Memos

If you are going out and want to leave a message for someone, you can
record a memo directly into the Meridian 9516.  Memos can be retrieved at
the telephone or remotely.

Memos are stored in the Callers List along with your messages.  The set
indicator light flashes letting you know there is a memo.  If it is a new
memo, the display shows:  x new messages (right arrow).  For example, if
you wanted to remind Tim of his dentist appointment, you would record:

"Remember Tim, you have a dentist appointment at 2:30 p.m. today."

Recording a memo:

1.  Press Record.
2.  Lift the handset and press Record.
3.  Record your memo.
4.  Press Save.
5.  Select the mailbox you want your memo stored in.
    Note:  If you do not select a mailbox, the memo is stored in the
           General Mailbox.
6.  Press Save.
7.  Press Rls.

Listening to a memo

To listen to a memo:

1.  Press Callers.
2.  Press the up or down arrows to find the memo.
3.  Press Play.
4.  Press Rls.

Deleting a memo

To delete a memo:

1.  Press Callers.
2.  Press up or down arrows to find the memo you want to delete.
3.  Press Delete twice.
4.  Press Rls.

Note:  The Meridian 9516 also allows you to make memos new.

Attention:  When *=ON appears on the display, the feature is OFF.  Press *
to turn the feature ON.  When *=OFF appears on the display the feature is 
ON.  Press * to turn the feature OFF.

(km-04/28/1997)

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