Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Building Your GSM Gateway on Linux in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  08:00 4 comments

Article by CreativeWorks

CreativeWorks Systems, Inc. is a state-of-the-art New York State outsourcing firm with more than 10 years of experience in providing a wide range of cost-efficient, tailored Web Development and Inbound Marketing Services for clients looking to achieve online results, in a very specific geographic market, that would be out of reach for in-house staff.

Introduction

A GSM Gateway is a great managing tool for bulk SMS marketing strategies and cost-effective phone calls.

Regardless of the business size, installing a GSM Gateway on Linux is a simple process that could end up being profitable for you.

First thing’s first. Do you know what a GSM Gateway is? It is equipment, set with different SIM cards, that identifies when calls are made to landlines or mobile phones in order to route them to the most cost-effective option. People are not usually aware of which SIM card is used, but this has a great impact on Call Termination rates.

When GSM gateways are installed and managed by users, they do not interfere with any telephone provider contract; they simply use an alternative mobile line that guarantees lower call termination rates. Some basic common features of GSM gateways include web-based software for more practical management.

Some users decide to build GSM gateways by themselves by installing software applications. If it is bulk SMS what interests you, then open source software –such as FrontlineSMS– is easy to set and manage. And then you can use a mobile phone or GSM modem with enough credit to start sending messages.

FrontlineSMS on Linux requires of 3 simple steps:

1. Creating a destination folder in the “/opt” directory named “frontlinesms” and type “cd/opt mkdir frontlinesms” in the terminal

2. Prepare to run the installer by typing “sudo ./frontlinesms2_unix_2.1.3.sh” in the terminal. Choose your newly created folder and skip the registration.

3. Install the GSM modem or mobile phone when the software is not yet working. Remember to check your device is supported and type “lsusb” to find your device on the list.

After these simple steps are completed, you will be ready to start using your own GSM gateway and make the most of what this software has to offer. What do you think? Use the comment section to share your thoughts on the matter. Are you looking forward to set your own GSM gateway?


Note: Provided image is marked as RF and credit is given to flickr.com

About the Author

Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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