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Is there a device into which I could plug a line from the telephone socket in the wall, and then a second port that I can connect to my desk phone?

Then, using software, I could place calls, see caller ID etc from my computer?

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There are TONS of VoIP phone systems that will do this (if you replace 'telephone socket' with 'ethernet'). –  Shinrai Aug 24 '12 at 14:17
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Is it just me, or does seeing the images below "relive the excitement" of connecting to the internet with the noise of these modems? :/ –  William C Aug 24 '12 at 16:22

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Yes, there is, a PCI fax modem.

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or for laptops, a USB fax modem

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Then any good old "Caller ID" software will do what you're looking for.

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Thank you! Do you know any for Linux? –  Gausie Aug 24 '12 at 15:32
    
@Gausie - I am sure they exist. –  Ramhound Aug 24 '12 at 15:44
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@Gausie - the classic is mgetty. –  William C Aug 24 '12 at 16:18

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