Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sparkfun Cellular Shield

I bought the Sparkfun Cellular Shield SM5100B with an Arduino UNO, and Quad-band Wired Cellular Antenna SMA antenna. Hope to use it for an upcoming project. Here’s how I set it up. I followed the instructions at http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/tutorial-arduino-and-gsm-cellular-part-one/ to get the cell module working/ Everything went well till I got to the part for setting up the band for the US. I was using a T-mobile post paid SIM card. T-mobile is on the GSM850&PCS1900 i.e AT+SBAND=7. This was the message on startup
 
+SIND: 1
+SIND: 10,'SM',1,'FD',1,'LD',1,'MC',1,'RC',1,'ME',1
+SIND: 3
+SIND: 4
+SIND: 8 (loss of signal)
I eventually figured out that the band setting for the US was not set correctly on the module. I did that by using ZedLeps code modification at http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9607, uploading the sketch to the board, and then entering AT+SBAND=7 in the arduino serial monitor. This did the trick. I also had to hit the reset button on the UNO using a piece of plastic to reach under the shield once I made the change. This time around, success! Got +SIND: 11. eventually managed to send text messages and receive a call.
 

1 comment:

  1. Hello I saw your comment on sparkfun, and I have some question that I want to ask you:

    Starting SM5100B Communication...
        
    +SIND: 1

    +SIND: 10,"SM",1,"FD",1,"LD",1,"MC",1,"RC",1,"ME",1

    +SIND: 3

    +SIND: 8

    +SIND: 4

    I am getting this, and I typed AT+SBAND=7 on arduino serial monitor and sent it, but nothing happened. Did you have a similar error?

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