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AxSms.Dialup


Introduction

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The Dialup object enables you to send SMS messages using a normal Hayes compatible modem (1200 bps or higher). The modem connects to an SMSC dial-in service provider to deliver the SMS message.

You can use the Dialup object to send SMS messages; receiving messages is not supported. The Dialup object can only send messages one-by-one.

The Dialup object communicates with a normal modem using either a direct COM port, or using a Windows telephony device. It is recommended to use Windows telephony devices, for instance ‘Standard 9600 bps Modem’.

If a Windows telephony device is used, settings are controlled by the Windows telephony driver, and can be configured through the ‘Phone and Modem’ settings:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel from the Start menu;
  2. Double-click on ‘Phone and Modem Options’ and select the ‘Modems’ tab;
  3. Select the preferred modem and click on ‘Properties’; from here, you can change the settings.

You can only send plain text messages. To send advanced SMS messages (like: flash, multi-part messages, data, ringtones, Unicode, etc.) try the Gsm or Smpp object.

There are two types of SMSC dial-in providers:

  • TAP/XIO providers;
  • UCP providers.

The Dialup object supports them both. Our list of supported SMSC providers shows the type of provider (TAP/XIO or UCP) for each provider.

Send SMS using Dialup

Send an SMS through the Dialup (UCP/TAP-XIO) protocol object.

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")           ' Create Dialup protocol object
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")     ' Create global constants object
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")         ' Create SMS message object

WScript.Echo "SMS Component Version " & objDialup.Version & "; Build " & _
objDialup.Build & "; Module " & objDialup.Module
WScript.Echo "License Status: " & objDialup.LicenseStatus & vbCrLf

objDialup.LogFile = "log.txt"

objDialup.Device = "COM2"
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = 56000
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"            ' Dialup provider

objMessage.ToAddress = "31122334455"
objMessage.Body = "Hello, World!"

objDialup.Send objMessage                              ' Send SMS message
If objDialup.LastError <> 0 Then
  WScript.Echo "Error: " & objDialup.GetErrorDescription(objDialup.LastError)
  WScript.Quit 1
End If

Properties and Methods

Property Type Read/Write Description
Version String Read Version number of the SMS Component
Build String Read Build number of the SMS Component
Module String Read Module name of the SMS Component
LicenseStatus String Read License Status
LicenseKey String Read/Write License Key
LastError Number Read Result of the last called method
LogFile String Read/Write The path to a logfile which can be used for troubleshooting
Device String Read/Write Name of the device you want to use for sending the SMS messages
DeviceSpeed Number Read/Write The baudrate of the communication session
DeviceSettings Number Read/Write Identifier indicating databits, parity and stopbits
DeviceInitString String Read/Write Initialization string for the device
Dialmode Number Read/Write Tone or Pulse. Default: Tone
ProviderDialString String Read/Write Dial-string to dial-up to the provider
ProviderPassword String Read/Write Optional password to log on to the provider (UCP only)
ProviderType Number Read/Write Type of provider; can be UCP or TAP
ProviderResponse String Read Last response from provider

Method Description
Clear Reset all properties to their default values
GetErrorDescription Get the description of the given error
Sleep Sleep for the specified number of milliseconds
GetDeviceCount Return the number of Windows telephony devices installed on the local computer
GetDevice Retrieve a Windows telephony device name
Send Deliver the message to the SMSC provider. The SMSC provider will send the SMS message to the recipient
ProviderLoadConfig Load SMSC specific parameters from a configuration file
ProviderSaveConfig Save SMSC specific parameters to a configuration file
SaveLicenseKey Save the License Key in the registry

Version property

Return the version number of the SMS Component

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
WScript.Echo "SMS Component Version " & objDialup.Version & "; Build " & _
  objDialup.Build & "; Module " & objDialup.Module
WScript.Echo "License Status: " & objDialup.LicenseStatus & vbCrLf
...

Build property

Return the build number of the SMS Component.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
WScript.Echo "SMS Component Version " & objDialup.Version & "; Build " & _
  objDialup.Build & "; Module " & objDialup.Module
WScript.Echo "License Status: " & objDialup.LicenseStatus & vbCrLf
...

Module property

Return the module name of the SMS Component.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
WScript.Echo "SMS Component Version " & objDialup.Version & "; Build " & _
  objDialup.Build & "; Module " & objDialup.Module
WScript.Echo "License Status: " & objDialup.LicenseStatus & vbCrLf
...

LicenseStatus property

The status of your license. In case you have not licensed the product, the property holds the trial expiration date. For details, see Product Activation.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")                 ' Create new instance
WScript.Echo "License Status: " & objDialup.LicenseStatus
WScript.Echo "License Key: " & objDialup.LicenseKey

LicenseKey property

A license key is required to unlock this component after the trial period has expired. Assign the LicenseKey property every time a new instance of this component is created (see code below). Alternatively, the LicenseKey property can be set automatically. This requires the license key to be stored in the registry. For details, see Product Activation.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")                 ' Create new instance
objDialup.LicenseKey = "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"                ' Assign your license key 
WScript.Echo "LicenseKey: " & objDialup.LicenseKey

LastError property

Completion code of the last called method. To find the error description of a given error code, go to the online error codes codes page.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")
...  
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"
...
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..
objDialup.Send objMessage
WScript.Echo "Send result: " &  objDialup.LastError    ' Is our message sent ?  
...

LogFile property

By default, LogFile holds an empty string and nothing is logged. If a valid file name is assigned to it, the SMS Component will write debug information to this file. Output data is written at the end of the file, the file is not cleared.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

Device property

The preferred device for sending SMS messages. You can either use a Windows telephony device (recommended) or a physical COM port (directly).

Assign one of the following strings to the ‘Device’ property:

  • A valid Windows telephony device name – this must be the exact name as it appears in Modems tab of the Phone and Modems Options applet in the Control Panel. For instance: “Standard 9600 bps Modem”;
  • Use the GetDevice method to retrieve Windows telephony device names;

  • A valid COM port string, formatted as COMx, where x is a valid COM port number. When you assign the ‘Device’ property with a COM port string, you bypass all Windows telephony intelligence, like dialing rules, port sharing and so on.

Windows telephony devices are highly recommended.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.Device = "COM1"
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = objConstants.GSM_BAUDRATE_56000
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

DeviceSpeed property

By default, the speed settings are inherited from the Windows telephony device, or (in case a direct COM port is used) the default COM settings are used.

Use one of these values.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")            
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = objConstants.GSM_BAUDRATE_56000
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

DeviceSettings property

By default, the databits/parity/stopbits settings are inherited from the Windows telephony device, or (in case a direct COM port is used) the default COM settings are used (8 databits, no parity, 1 stopbit).

Use one of these values.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")            
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = objConstants.GSM_BAUDRATE_56000
objDialup.DeviceSettings = objConstants.DIALUP_DEVICESETTINGS_8N1
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

DeviceInitString property

Initialization string for the modem. Following string is used to initialize a modem:

  • If a Windows telephony device is used, the Windows telephony initialization string is used (the ‘DeviceInitString’ property is ignored);
  • If a direct COM port is used, the ‘DeviceInitString’ property is used to initialize the device.

As said, the ‘DeviceInitString’ property is ignored if a Windows telephony device is used. If you are using a direct port device, and you assign a string to the ‘DeviceInitString’ property, the string will be used to initialize the modem.

Important: commands can be separated by the ‘;’ character, and will issued separately. So, if ‘DeviceInitString’ property holds the “ATZ” string, the toolkit first issues ATZ, waits for the OK response, then issues the AT&C1&K0 command and again waits for the OK response.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")            
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = objConstants.GSM_BAUDRATE_56000
objDialup.DeviceInitString = "AT&F;AT&C1&K0"
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

Dialmode property

Set the ‘DialMode’ property to specify ‘Tone’ or ‘Pulse’ dialing. Click here for the values.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")            
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.Dialmode = objConstants.DIALUP_DIALMODE_TONE
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

ProviderDialString property

Dial string to dial-up to the provider.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = objConstants.GSM_BAUDRATE_56000
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

ProviderPassword property

Password used to logon to the provider. The majority of the TAP/UCP providers do not require a password; however, if a password is required, you can set it here.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = objConstants.GSM_BAUDRATE_56000
objDialup.ProviderPassword = "Passw0rd"
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

ProviderType property

Type of provider; click here for a list of values.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")            
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
...

ProviderResponse property

ProviderResponse holds the last response from the Dial-Up provider. Use it for troubleshooting.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")            
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
...
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
..  
objDialup.Send objMessage
WScript.Echo objDialup.ProviderResponse
...

Clear method

This method resets all properties to their default values.

Parameters:

  • None

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
....
objDialup.Clear
...

GetErrorDescription method

GetErrorDescription provides the error description of a given error code.

Parameters:

  • The error code

Return value:

The error string.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")   
objDialup.LogFile = "C:\temp\log.txt"
...
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")
objMessage.ToAddress = "+31611223344"
objMessage.Body = "Short text message"  
objDialup.Send objMessage
WScript.Echo "SendSms result: " & objDialup.LastError & ", " & _
  objDialup.GetErrorDescription(objDialup.LastError)

Sleep method

This method suspends the current thread for the specified number of milliseconds.

Parameters:

  • Milliseconds to sleep

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
....
objDialup.Sleep 1000
...

GetDeviceCount method

This method suspends the current thread for the specified number of milliseconds.

Parameters:

  • Milliseconds to sleep

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
....
n = objDialupProtocol.GetDeviceCount()
For i = 0 to n-1
   WScript.Echo "Device " & i & ": " & objDialupProtocol.GetDevice( i )
Next
...

GetDevice method

This method suspends the current thread for the specified number of milliseconds.

Parameters:

  • Milliseconds to sleep

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
....
n = objDialupProtocol.GetDeviceCount()
For i = 0 to n-1
   WScript.Echo "Device " & i & ": " & objDialupProtocol.GetDevice( i )
Next
...

Send method

This method suspends the current thread for the specified number of milliseconds.

Parameters:

  • Milliseconds to sleep

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")  
...
objMessage.ToAddress = "31623350218"
objMessage.Body = "Hello world!"
...
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
...
objDialup.Send objMessage

ProviderLoadConfig method

This method suspends the current thread for the specified number of milliseconds.

Parameters:

  • Milliseconds to sleep

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")  
...
objDialup.ProviderLoadConfig "D:\Auron\SMS Component\MyProvider.dial"

ProviderSaveConfig method

Save provider specific information to a SmsProtocolDialup configuration file.

Parameters:

  • A SmsProtocolDialup file. A previous SmsProtocolDialup file will be overwritten automatically.

Return value:

Always 0.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")  
...  
objDialup.Dialmode = objConstants.DIALUP_DIALMODE_TONE
objDialup.ProviderPassword = "Passw0rd"
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"
...
objDialup.ProviderSaveConfig "D:\Auron\SMS Component\MyProvider.dial"

SaveLicenseKey method

Description:

Use SaveLicenseKey to store the license key permanently in the registry. When a license key is saved, it is restored automatically every time a new instance of the object (‘Dialup’) is created. It is not recommended to save the license key if you distribute the component with your own software, because the key can be easily used by others.

Parameters:

  • None.

Return value:

Always 0. Check LastError property to see if the method was completed successfully.

Example:

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")           ' Create new instance
objDialup.LicenseKey = "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
objDialup.SaveLicenseKey                                  ' Save license key to registry

For more information, see Product Activation.




The Dialup object enables you to send SMS messages using a normal Hayes compatible modem (1200 bps or higher). The modem connects to an SMSC dial-in service provider to deliver the SMS message.

You can use the Dialup object to send SMS messages; receiving messages is not supported. The Dialup object can only send messages one-by-one.

The Dialup object communicates with a normal modem using either a direct COM port, or using a Windows telephony device. It is recommended to use Windows telephony devices, for instance ‘Standard 9600 bps Modem’.

If a Windows telephony device is used, settings are controlled by the Windows telephony driver, and can be configured through the ‘Phone and Modem’ settings:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel from the Start menu;
  2. Double-click on ‘Phone and Modem Options’ and select the ‘Modems’ tab;
  3. Select the preferred modem and click on ‘Properties’; from here, you can change the settings.

You can only send plain text messages. To send advanced SMS messages (like: flash, multi-part messages, data, ringtones, Unicode, etc.) try the Gsm or Smpp object.

There are two types of SMSC dial-in providers:

  • TAP/XIO providers;
  • UCP providers.

The Dialup object supports them both. Our list of supported SMSC providers shows the type of provider (TAP/XIO or UCP) for each provider.

Send SMS using Dialup

Send an SMS through the Dialup (UCP/TAP-XIO) protocol object.

Set objDialup = CreateObject("AxSms.Dialup")           ' Create Dialup protocol object
Set objConstants = CreateObject("AxSms.Constants")     ' Create global constants object
Set objMessage = CreateObject("AxSms.Message")         ' Create SMS message object

WScript.Echo "SMS Component Version " & objDialup.Version & "; Build " & _
objDialup.Build & "; Module " & objDialup.Module
WScript.Echo "License Status: " & objDialup.LicenseStatus & vbCrLf

objDialup.LogFile = "log.txt"

objDialup.Device = "COM2"
objDialup.DeviceSpeed = 56000
objDialup.ProviderType = objConstants.DIALUP_PROVIDERTYPE_UCP
objDialup.ProviderDialString = "0653141410"            ' Dialup provider

objMessage.ToAddress = "31122334455"
objMessage.Body = "Hello, World!"

objDialup.Send objMessage                              ' Send SMS message
If objDialup.LastError <> 0 Then
  WScript.Echo "Error: " & objDialup.GetErrorDescription(objDialup.LastError)
  WScript.Quit 1
End If