A have a PCIe modem (Conexant ChipSet, PCI id = 14f1:2f83. It interfaces to my land-line (POTS) telephone line in the United States. On Windows, I had a good answering machine package
(Ventafax) that reported CallerID, recorded messages, sent/received fax, and had a scripting language that let me say “To leave a message for Alice, press 1; to leave a message for Bob, press 2”, etc.
I’m trying to move this function to a CentOS-based system without going to the expense or complexity of Asterisk (expense because of specialized telephony cards).
My research found a driver (at www.linuxant.com), but it required that I recompile the driver. I got absolutely lost trying to follow the directions which seemed to be steering me towards a custom Kernel.
So, my question to the group wisdom is:
– Is there any hope in trying to find a suitable driver for this device without building a custom kernel? And if a custom “module” is needed, I might need help compiling it.
– Is there a inexpensive modem that CentOS 7 supports with the needed functions? and maybe some software applications that might help?