The most common way to send and receive SMS messages from a PC is by attaching a mobile phone to it using a phone-to-PC data cable. The installation steps in this page show you how this can be done. If you plan to use an IP SMS connection, you should skip to step 3: "Installing the application" and you must install an IP SMS driver (e.g.: SMPP, UCP, CIMD2) instead of the GSM modem driver. Concerning the installation there are 8 simple steps:
Step 1: Setting up the GSM phone
In order for the message server to work
properly the following settings should be made on the mobile phone, prior
In order to send or receive SMS messages from your PC, you need to attach your phone to the PC with a phone-to-pc data cable (Figure 1). The cable is attached to the serial port of your computer. The serial port is located on the back side and has 9 pins.
If you want to use Infrared (IR), you must enable your infrared
port on the phone. (Sometimes you have to turn it on in
the PC as well). When this is done, you should place the phone
within the range of the IR receiver on the PC. When the PC and the phone
begin to communicate over IR, you will see an icon in the bottom right
hand side of the screen (Figure 2).
Figure 2 - Attaching the device to the PC with IR connection.
Step 3: Installing the application
The Ozeki Message Server installation is similar to any Windows
applications. Before you do the installation, you must exit all Windows
applications. After having done it, locate the OzekiMessageServer.exe file
on the installation CD-ROM. If you have downloaded the application
from the Internet, OzekiMessageServer.exe is in your
download directory. Start OzekiMessageServer.exe by
double-clicking on the icon and follow
Figure 3 - Starting the installation of Ozeki Message Server
On the Welcome screen click Next to start the Installation (Figure 3). This will bring up the End User License agreement of the software. It is important to read this and to accept the agreement if you wish to use the software. If you have accepted the End User License Agreement, you will move to the destination directory selection form. On this form, you have to specify the directory you wish to use. Make sure you have at least 20 Megabytes of hard disk space available on the drive you have chosen. Following this you will be faced with some options about icon creations. After the installation is finished, a shortcut will be available in the Windows Start menu and a taskbar icon will appear. This shortcut is a reference to the Ozeki Server Monitor. The monitor application can be used to get information about the state of the server and it helps to open the Ozeki Server Manager configuration screen.
Figure 4 - Starting up Server monitor
Step 4 Logging in to configure the service
By clicking on the menu item, a login window comes up. This login window requires a user name and a password. If you didn't specify a login name and a password during the installation, you can use the built in administrator account. Username: admin, Password: abc123. We suggest to change the default password immediately after login!
Figure 5 - Login
Login into Ozeki Message Server (Figure 5 ).
Step 5 Installing drivers
Once you have logged into the Server manager, you can installing one or more drivers. A driver in Ozeki Message Server gives handles the attached GSM phones and GSM modems and the IP SMS services. In this example we install the GSM modem driver, because we want to set up a GSM phone attached to the PC. In case of IP SMS connectivity a different driver needs to be installed in a similar way.
Figure 6 - Installation of Drivers
New drivers can be installed by choosing
Installed drivers menu item from
the Drivers menu. This brings up the "Available drivers for installation" page, where a short description of all the available drivers can be found (Figure 7 ).
Figure 7 - Installation of GSM Modem
In the "Available drivers for installation" window click on the GSM Modem install link and the installation process will start . If you want to set up IP SMS connectivity you should select one of the IP SMS drivers (SMPP, UCP, CIMD2). After you click on the install link, a small animation will appear for a short time signaling, that the driver installation is in progress. Wait until the installation process finishes.
Step 6 Configuring the driver
After the driver installation has completed you'll see the GSM Modem 1 section appearing on the list of drivers in the "Currently installed drivers" screen. On this page you can start the configuration by clicking on the Configure link (Figure 8 ).
Figure 8 . - GSM modem configuration
After clicking on the link, the GSM Modem 1 configuration form comes up. You can set all the necessary settings on this form in order to send and receive messages. As a first step select the phone model you have attached to the computer, then specify the serial port, then click on Autodetect. (If you use IR or Bluetooth or USB, you have to find out the virtual port number and use it instead of the real port.). After selecting the phone model you should specify the name of the operator. The operator name is the name of the GSM company your subscription belongs to. (For example it can be Vodafone, T-mobile, Orange, etc.) When this is done, enter the telephone number of the phone attached to the computer and the SMS Service center address. Important: phone numbers should be entered in international format e.g.: +36209937723 (Figure 9)!
The Service Center address should also be specified in this for. This address is provided by your GSM service provider. For example, in Hungary you would select one of these numbers . A list of service center addresses can be found in Appendix "C".
Figure 9. - Configuration of GSM modem
After the driver has been installed, you need to start it. The startup process means that the driver connects to the configured mobile phone. You can start the Ozeki Message Server GSM driver by clicking on "Connect" in the "Currently installed drivers" screen. After you have clicked on the Connect URL, you may use the Refresh this page link to check the connection state (Figure 10).
Figure 10. - Connection of GSM modem
Sending your first SMS
Once the application is installed and configured properly, you can send an SMS by clicking on the Create SMS icon. This brings up the SMS composer, where you can specify the phone numbers and the message text (Figure 11).