Settings for Sending SMS Messages
The program has the two following options for sending monitoring notifications via SMS: 1) Sending SMS via E-mail-to-SMS gateway, 2) Sending SMS directly using a GSM phone. Let us consider both methods in details. Each method is configured independently in the program settings.
1. The program can send SMS via E-Mail using your cellular operator's Email-to-SMS gateway. Therefore, you should first configure connection settings for the SMS gateway (you need to find our the correct settings on the operator's web site or ask their support whether they have an Email-to-SMS gateway).
On the SMS settings dialog, provide an SMS gateway address (get this information from your operator's customer service), message composition rules (Phone number in email subject, Message text in email subject).
You also need to configure E-mail Settings for sending outgoing emails to your SMS gateway (mail server address, port, login, password).
Warning! The Email-to-SMS sending method requires an active Internet connection for sending SMS messages via Email. If your ISP connection goes down, the program will not be able to send SMS notifications. Cell operators usually do not charge for outgoing SMS messages sent via email. But you should clarify this issue with your operator.
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2. The second option for sending outgoing SMS messages is connecting a GSM cell phone to your PC and sending SMS directly.
GSM phone requirements:
- The GSM phone should support connection to a PC using a COM or USB cable. In the USB cable case, you will need to install a driver which will create a virtual COM port on your system (you will need to know this COM port's number). This driver is usually included to the software provided with your phone.
- The phone should also contain a GSM modem supporting basic AT commands.
Before trying to send an SMS using the program, you need to check that the phone's modem is operating well using special software provided with your phone ("PC Suite", etc.). After that, you can start configuring our program for sending SMS messages directly using your phone.
On the SMS settings dialog, select the second SMS sending option Send SMS via the GSM Phone. You need to select a necessary COM port, select Baud rate (57600 by default), and provide the AT initialization string (ATE0 by default). Other options are optional. You should not change it unless you know what you are doing. :)
Click the Test... button to test the connection with your phone. The program should gather some information from the phone and display it on the screen. If the test finishes successfully, the program likely will be able to send SMS messages.
Warning! The outgoing SMS will be charged as usually when you send them using the phone. You should configure the monitoring SMS notifications having in mind you will have to pay for them. Long messages can be broken into several smaller messages.