- Making games with player scores in The Grid 2
- Licencing The Grid 2
- Licensing of grid sets in The Grid 2
- Keyboard shortcuts for editing The Grid 2
- Jump cells and new grids in The Grid 2
- Importing and exporting grid bundles in The Grid 2
- How to Make a photo album in The Grid 2
- How to create a music grid with symbols in The Grid 2
- How to use the Random Phrase Command in The Grid 2
- How to speed up switch input in The Grid 2
- How to open a specific file in Computer Control with The Grid 2
- How to navigate around text in The Grid 2
- How to install The Grid 2
- How to get a new language for The Grid 2
- How to create a wordlist in The Grid 2
- How to create a visual scene in The Grid 2
- How to change the language of a grid set in The Grid 2
- How to backup users in The Grid 2 Grid Explorer
- How do I use the Webcam workspace in The Grid 2?
- How do I make The Grid 2 start when I turn on my computer?
- How do I make The Grid 2 show my grids when it starts?
- Hiding the menu bar in The Grid 2
- Grid 2 mobile phone workspace
- Grid 2 Commands
- General editing of The Grid 2
- Editing a cell in Grid 2
- Creating a music grid in The Grid 2
- Creating “are you sure” options in The Grid 2
- Create a grid for a specific program in The Grid 2
- Connecting a USB Modem to Grid 2
- Connect a mobile phone to The Grid 2 with Bluetooth
- Audio connections for mobile phone conversations with The Grid 2
- Adding/removing rows and columns in The Grid 2
- Adding music to The Grid 2
- How do I send a grid set to Grid Player from The Grid 2?
Connecting a USB Modem to Grid 2
This note shows how to use a USB modem to send and receive SMS messages with Grid 2. Since Grid 2 has been written to support the widest number of phones and modems, the actual procedures for your system may differ. If you need assistance setting up your system please phone, but not when you are rushed.
Setting up the system requires the followings steps:
- Get the correct equipment
- Activate a SIM card and get some credit on it.
- Install the modem on the computer and install the software that came with it.
- Checking you can send messages with the modem
- Configure Grid 2 and test.
Before you Start
You will need the following
- Uninstall unwanted phone software. If you have previously installed software for other USB modems or phones and it is not needed, uninstall it before installing the Zoom software.
- USB broadband modem. There are two sorts: ‘locked’ that can only work with a particular network; and ‘unlocked’ that will work with any network. This example uses the Zoom 4945 modem which is unlocked and available for about £70 from a number of dealers (Ebuyer or Dabs). If you are buying a ‘locked’ modem, it is worth getting one on the same network as your phone.
- A sim card. There are two types of sim card: those intended for use with phones; and those that give a broadband connection. Although you will probably be able to send & receive messages with both types, phone sim cards work out cheaper unless you need mobile broadband. Most network operators will provide phone ‘sim only’ packages for a nominal charge. In this example I am using the SIM card from my phone.
Install the modem software.
When you connect the modem to the computer, Windows will give it a ‘port number’. The port number will change if you plug it into a different USB port. Since Grid 2 needs to know the port number, its best to always use the same USB port.
Plug the modem into the computer and wait a few minutes while Windows detects it and installs drivers. You may need to reboot the computer and then re-insert the modem.
Checking you can send messages with the modem
Start the Zoom software running. It should detect the phone and show it is connected to the network:
Configure Grid 2 and test.
Start Grid 2 and go to UserSettings->Workspace Settings->Mobile Phone
Click the ‘Autodetect’ button. Grid 2 may report more than one phone has been detected. If so open the Com port box. After the autodetect has run, it shows the identification for any modems or phones found. In this screenshot it has found the on board dial up modem on Com 3 and the USB modem on Com 9.
Once you have selected a port, you can test the connection. The checkboxes next to the test button will show if the connection is working.
- With some devices, Grid 2 cannot access the modem while the manufacturer’s software is running. Try shutting down the manufacturer’s software.
- Windows may have allocated a com port greater than 16 to the modem. See ‘Changing the com port for a USB device.’ for more details.
- Make sure you are in an area where reception is good.
- Check you have credit on the sim and can send using the manufacturer’s software.
- Some software turns the transmitter in the modem off when it exits. Check if there are options to prevent this.
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