Creating a GSM-AT-IP Carrier
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The GSM-AT-IP protocol is used when you want to communicate with a cellular modem, router or gateway by TCP.
Cellular hardware is the single most reliable and efficient method of delivering SMS. By using cellular hardware, you're removing PageGate's reliance on your internet connection to deliver your messages which means that your internet connection could go down and your messages would still be delivered. It's also incredibly important to note that allowing PageGate to interact with cellular hardware is the only method of configuring a two-way messaging system with SMS.
Cellular routers and gateways can be accessed by TCP, so you don't have to connect them to PageGate PC; they just need to be connected to your network and configured appropriately to receive messaging commands. Multitech's rCell 100 and Airlink's GX450 are good examples of cellular routers and gateways.
It's also possible to turn an Android phone in to a cellular modem with NotePage's new Android SMS Gateway App. When the smart phone is connected by wifi to the same network as the PageGate server, this app grants PageGate access to the smart phone and allows PageGate to use that cell phone to send and receive text messages. It is important to note that all carrier rules regarding sending text messages for the cell phone plan on the phone apply. To configure a carrier to use an Android SMS Gateway phone, you'll need to create a GSM-AT-IP carrier.
1)Right click Carriers.
3)Select the GSM-AT-IP protocol.
4)Enter a name in the Carrier field.
5)In the Host field, enter the host IP address of the cellular router or gateway.
6)Edit the Port field to match the port required by the cellular router or gateway.
7)The Init String field optional for GSM-AT-IP carriers. To have the program perform a signal quality check on the cellular modem before each delivery, click inside the Init String field and type the following: AT+CSQ
8)Set the Max Chars to: 160
Note: The Carrier Max Chars field determines the number of characters that can be received in a single message. If the recipient Max Chars value is set higher than the carrier Max Chars value, PageGate will break up long messages based on the character limitation in the carrier. For example, if you have the carrier configured for 160 Max Chars and you set the recipient Max Chars value to 3000, then send a 400 character message to this recipient, PageGate will break up the 400 character count message in to two 160 character messages and one 80 character message. When the device receives the message, it will be prefixed with part 1/3, 2/3, 3/3 to indicate the multi-part nature of the message delivered.
When configuring PageGate to use a cellular router or gateway, each manufacturer uses a slightly different command set to perform the same tasks and there are certain Settings template variables that you can apply to GSM-AT-IP carriers to decrease the amount of time it takes to negotiate connections with your hardware.
To implement a two-way messaging system, please see the Two Way Messaging section of the documentation.