Wait for a dial tone before dialing

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use this procedure to instruct your modem not to begin dialing until it has confirmed the presence of a dial tone. If you disable this setting, your modem will dial without waiting for a dial tone. Disabling this setting might be necessary if a phone line does not provide a standard dial tone.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

To wait for a dial tone before dialing

  1. In Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Phone and Modem Options.


In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, open Control Panel. In View by, click either Large icons or Small icons. Click Phone and Modem.

  1. In the Phone and Modem dialog box, on the Modems tab, select the modem that you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  2. On the Modem tab, select the Wait for dial tone before dialing check box.

See Also


Specify initialization commands
Select a country/region
Adjust the modem speaker volume
Specify an automatic disconnect time