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Anonymous
 
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 - 08:31 am:   

Hi, I am a newbie here, just wondering how all this works. If I have my website hosted at a web-hosting company, and how would I get NowSMS installed and running? I need to talk to my web-hosting co. and get them to install it on their server? and get it setup so it talks to the SMS service provider's SMPP server?
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1520
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 - 06:41 pm:   

Well, generally speaking, if you were going to run NowSMS at a web hosting company, your web hosting company would probably require that you have your own dedicated server.

In those types of situations, you usually then have some remote control access (Windows Terminal Server, or maybe PC Anywhere or Netmeeting or VNC) that allows you to access the server, so that you can install and manage your own applications.

I guess it depends on your relationship with your web hosting company. Unless you have a consultancy type of arrangement with them, I wouldn't expect them to install software that they may not be familiar with.

-bn
Anonymous
 
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 - 09:00 pm:   

Thanks a lot, that's what I thought as well. but a few more questions, with the NowSMS, do I have to run it and use it all the time? or is it just once-off configuration and that's it. do I need to use it whenever I send txt msgs? can you sort of explain its basic funtionalities? related to sending txt msgs from a web application, how does the web application send the requests to it? thanks again.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1533
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 04:54 pm:   

NowSMS is typically run as a service.

You make HTTP requests to the service to send messages. You receive HTTP requests from the service when it receives messages. (There are some other connectivity options, but that is what is most frequently used.)

I think it is best described as a middleware solution for managing SMS connectivity.
Anonymous
 
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 07:25 pm:   

So which means pretty much all those sms websites use HTTP protocol for sending txt messages? what if sending a txt from a webpage to hundreds and thousands of cell phones all at once? can it be done through HTTP? coz I thought HTTP wouldn't be very efficient or reliable to send txt msgs to large number of cell phones.
Thanks again
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1545
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2004 - 07:15 pm:   

If I sound a bit confused, it is because I do not understand the logic flow of these questions.

Originally, you asked how to interface with NowSMS. The preferred way to interface with NowSMS is over HTTP.

I fail to see how or why HTTP would be an inefficient protocol for this task.

Keep in mind that NowSMS is a middleware solution which then takes submitted messages and routes them to an SMS service provider (or GSM modem) connection that is defined to the NowSMS server. For example, in your original question, you asked about SMPP. You need to have a connection to an SMS service provider or a GSM modem in order to do anything useful with NowSMS.

Service providers often have a myriad of connections to other service providers ... and at the end of the day, the actual delivery of the SMS message occurs over the SS7 network (not internet based), with a service provider that is sending the signals over the mobile network.

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