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This is a very low cost and simple Arduino GSM and GPRS shield. We use the module SIMCom SIM900. It’s the cheaper module now avalaible in the market. The module is not simple to mount by an hobbyst, so we use the Breakboard TDGGSM_900 that we presented in this post.

You can buy the GSM module premounted from our cart.

To connect this module to Arduino we make a PCB that include a LM317 some capacitor filter and no more.

The LM317 give to module about 3.9V.
There is a switch to select the way to comunicate with arduino:
– throw serial hardware (pin 0 and 1)
– throw serial software (pin 4 and 5)

R1: 470 ohm
R2: 1 kohm
C1-C3: 100 nF
C2-C4: 470 µF 25 VL
U1: LM317
GSM: TDGGSM_900 module







SW1: switch
P1: Microswitch

Selecting the serial hardware there are no problem with the baudrate (the default module baudrate is 115200) but there are problem programming the module (the serial is also used to upload the sketch).
Using instead the pin 4 and 5 there aren’t problems to upload the sketch but the maximum baudrate for NewSoftSerial (the serial library) is 57600.
We performed a GSM library to controll easly the module. The GSM library is a modified version of the library of HWKitchen.
With our version we controll the module throw the pin 4 and 5 (so normal digital pin) and our GSM libray include also the NewSoftSerial, so you can easy control the module, send and read SMS, make call, control the GSM state ecc.

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New GSM/GPRS library




This is the GSM_shield library documentation:

Download GSM_Shield_Library

New GSM/GPRS library


 



In this page you can find some example.

Example to test library

 

Example to network registration

 

 

Example to test call

 

 

Download GSM_Shield_Library

New GSM/GPRS library


 


Bigger example

 

 

NEW GPRS FUNCTION 

Test AT command

 

 

GPRS Client

 

GPRS Server

 

Test SMS without GPRS function

 

 

About Boris Landoni

Boris Landoni is the technical manager of Open-Electronics.org. Skilled in the GSM field, embraces the Open Source philosophy and its projects are available to the community.

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jumpjack
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“low cost”? A full cellphone with screen and keyboard costs 30$$!!

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Hi Boris

The fact that the module is cheaper than cell phones is not quite true. All of the “good old” Siemens/Benq phones have a serial AT interface which is very easy to use. Every time I need some GSM support, I grab one of them from ebay. You’ll find these models for around 10€ … Siemens C35 is my favorite.

FranF
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FranF

Hi,
if you looking for something REAL low cost you need this:

Reuse your old personal phone with a 10$ interface board :)

Cheers

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jumpjack
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jumpjack

@FranF
I can’t get how to connect the “10$ solution” to Arduino.

Charles Bijon
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Hello Boris, I am working to realize this circuit but I have a GSM module problem. In fact, during the startup of the circuit (arduino + GSM module), the GSM module LED does not stay illuminated. I measure with my voltmeter the voltage at pins 2 (GND) and 3 (vcc) and I just see that the voltage drop of 3.9 volts to 3.3 and decreased further to 3.1 and then turns off the modem itself. My electric power input is a 5V 2A on my LM317. I also use the program available on this page. But I have no debug… Read more »

Charles Bijon
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Just only the system startup message :)

Dario
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Dario

Hello guys I can not register my sim on the network I get this
Message AT + CREG?
Help me

Dario
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Dario

how to control the peak? then I noticed that the LED flashes only when I load the software then just seems dead. please help me last night that there is fighting.

Dario
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Dario

this is the log that I use the library GSM.h

system startup
AT
AT
AT
AT
AT
AT&F1
AT&F1
AT&F1
AT&F1
AT&F1
ATE0
ATE0
ATE0
ATE0
ATE0
AT+IPR=115200
AT+IPR=115200
AT+IPR=115200
AT+IPR=115200
AT+IPR=115200
AT#SELINT=1
AT#SELINT=1
AT#SELINT=1
AT#SELINT=1
AT#SELINT=1
AT#GPIO=8,1,1
AT#GPIO=8,1,1
AT#GPIO=8,1,1
AT#GPIO=8,1,1
AT#GPIO=8,1,1
AT#GPIO=9,0,0
AT#GPIO=9,0,0
AT#GPIO=9,0,0
AT#GPIO=9,0,0
AT#GPIO=9,0,0
AT#GPIO=5,0,2
AT#GPIO=5,0,2
AT#GPIO=5,0,2
AT#GPIO=5,0,2
AT#GPIO=5,0,2
AT#GPIO=8,0,1
AT#GPIO=8,0,1
AT#GPIO=8,0,1
AT#GPIO=8,0,1
AT#GPIO=8,0,1
AT#GPIO=10,0,1
AT#GPIO=11,0,1
AT+CREG?
GSM doesn’t response
Registration 0

Dario
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Dario

Use the switch to use arduino hardware and food arduino usb to 5v.

Dario
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Dario

i use the arduino for power the gsm shield and arduino power with usb.

Dario
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Dario

and how the power? if the shield is on arduino?
plese help me. if you want my mail or skype ..

unico1987
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unico1987

hello boris,
I bought the 12v power supply and works great! But I is very hot my arduino is normal? thanks to the availability

unico1987
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unico1987

Hi boris,
i have another problem i have an arduino 2009 and i need use an alalog interrupts
but i don’t resolve.
i need to monitor analog pin 0 when change state!

you have a solution?
thanks.

alex
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alex

hello boris
I need a very simple program that sends a text message only to control an Arduino came with a switch!
can you help me??
I’m Italian!

Alex Bartolini
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thanks.
I have for now a simple program to send an SMS?

Alex Bartolini
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for now you can tell me how to send a simple SMS with number and text from arduino to a mobile phone?

Alex Bartolini
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I’ve tried does not work me error!
I do not recognize gps shield “GSM doesn’t response”

why?

Stefano
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Stefano

I have a few question about this shield.
I’m a newbie to arduino and i’m not expert at all!
First question:
If i leave the switch on HW position can i use the serial monitor function?

Second question:
How can i activate the software emulation on pin 4 and 5?
I took a look also to the forum, but no answers i can understand. Could you be so nice to help me?

Thank you
Stefano from Udine

Stefano
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Stefano

Doh! Looks like something is not working in this case :( Still receiving “no response” on the serial monitor interface, followed by “receiving sms from (position 65534). I have checked all the connection and looks like they are all good. The led on the top of this module only blink when i power on, is that ok? Power is applied to the GND and VIn pins and it’s regulated on 12.1V with a stabilized power supply. Power consumption is still only 0,06A, very strange, no? I have also tryied differents simcard, but the problem still exist. Sorry if i bother… Read more »

Stefano
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Stefano

I have made tests with both the 2 setups, hw and sw. No changes have been done to the libraries. Power output on the LM317 was about 3.9V… until i made a short circuit whit my tester. End of games for today, i’ve burned up everything :(
Gonna buy another one… sigh
BTW thank you very much for your support, i will tell you when i make progress!

Dodo
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Dodo

I have the same problems Stefano.
But for now I have not burned anything.
I tried to replace the capacitors with a value of 1000 uF, but nothing, does not see the SIM900 GSM network.
After 3, 4 cycles, by calling the telephone number of the SIM900, it is present on the GSM network, but monitor the serial port always says “Registration 0”

Stefano
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Stefano

Hi Boris, finally i got tonight at 21.00 the new GSM module (shop was closed but owner is my friend!)
I did exactly the same procedure as the last time and everything worked at first attempt.
I think i got a bad sim900 module first time, it’s normal to me to be unlucky :-)
Great job, it’s a very nice library! Going to study tomorrow, thank you very much!

NicolaG
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NicolaG

Hi Boris, is there any library for this Shield including GPRS functions?
But maybe you can help me. I have to send to the modem a command to connect it to a website. Simply an url, is there a command to do that.

Thanks

NicolaG
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NicolaG

Hi Boris, if you mean the GSM Shield Library V2, I already downloaded it, but there aren’t GPRS funcution inside.

Regards

NicolaG
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NicolaG

I think i found it in the update section.

Thanks and Regards.

NicolaG
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NicolaG

Hi Boris, what’s the minimum voltage for the gsm shield? Can it run at 9V?

Thanks.