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Mylo J. Haba
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Username: Mylohaba

Post Number: 1
Registered: 08-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 06:42 pm:   

Hello everyone ..
First of all .. please excuse if this is not the correct forum ...

The Case:
Am expected to install and operate NOWSMS to perform the following scenario:
The Company am working with is buying Short Codes from several carriers .. where they'll be posted also on several Satellite TV Channels ...
NOWSMS should connect to the carrier SMSC through HTTP .. to receive the SMS sent by the viewers to NOWSMS through those shortcodes ...
After that NOWSMS expected to route those SMS to a database where they'll be then handled by a web-base filtration system to be posted on the Sat. TV Channels ..

The request:
How in hill am ganna configure NOWSMS to do that? .. Is there a guide or manual to walk me through??
I did study your manual but did not find my way .. so please help is highly appreciated ...

Thank you in advance ..
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 4606
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 08:19 pm:   

Hi Mylo,

If you are using HTTP to connect to the SMSCs, this becomes more complicated. The issue is that there is no standard format for how the SMS data is formatted.

For receiving your messages, there is also the issue of poll or push. Poll requiring that you keep sending HTTP requests to query for new messages, and push meaning that the provider initiates an HTTP request to you to deliver messages.

I can't really offer you a guide to how to do this, because the data formats vary by SMS provider and there is little consistency.

We can review any specifications from the SMS provider and try to help you work through them.

But, from a NowSMS perspective, it is easier to use an SMS specific protocol for connecting to the SMSC ... specifically SMPP. I'd suggest inquiring with your provider(s) about using SMPP instead of HTTP.

NowSMS maintains an always active SMPP connection to the SMSCs, and messages are transmitted back and forth as needed. This is especially useful when you are working with multiple providers as you don't have to do a lot of custom work adapting to different HTTP interfaces.

NowSMS can interact with your applications via HTTP.

NowSMS Support
Mylo J. Haba
New member
Username: Mylohaba

Post Number: 2
Registered: 08-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 08:34 pm:   

Thank you for the response and the explanation ...

Ok ... let's let the connection with the SMS provider aside .. and talk about the interfacing between NOWSMS and the application ...

now the SMS received from the SMS provider (SMSC) should be routed to a database ... which means I have to code my application to read that received msg and write it to the database ..
Could you please in-light me with this issue .. what my code should read and from where? .. where the received sms is stored if any???

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