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Application Note

Checking GSM Network


Status using SIM900 rev01
GPRS

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DISCLAIMER
This application note and
any associated software is
provided in an as-is condition. No warranties,
whether expressed, implied
or statutory, including, but
not limited to implied warranties of merchantability
and fitness for a particular
purpose apply to this application note or associated
software. Otto Wireless
Solutions, SIMCom and

APPLICATION NOTE DETAILS

Otto Marketing shall not in


any circumstances, be li-

GSM DEVICE

SIM900

able for special, incidental

FIRMWARE

R11.00

ADDITIONAL NOTES

NETWORK INFO IS BASED ON SOUTH AFRICAN NETWORKS / ALL AT COMMANDS MUST BE IN UPPER CASE

COMPILED BY

MARK COXEN

EMAIL

MARK@OTTO.CO.ZA

MOBILE

+27 82 888 6275

or consequential damages
for any reason whatsoever.
This application note, and
any associated software, or
parts thereof, may not be
reproduced or distributed
without the explicit permission of Otto Wireless Solutions.

Tel: (011) 791 1033 / email: wireless@otto.co.za / url: www.otto.co.za

Application NoteGPRS
Transparent Connection
using SIM900 rev01
GPRS

HSDPA

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H
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GSM

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APPLICATION NOTE DETAILS


GSM DEVICE

SIM900

FIRMWARE

R11.00

ADDITIONAL
NOTES

NETWORK INFO IS BASED ON PUBLIC NETWORK SPECIFIC APN / GPRS TESTS ON PREPAID SIMS ONLY WORK
IN THE SAME NETWORK CELL / GPRS AVAILABILITY IS
NETWORK DEPENDENT / WE OFFER A NON GUARANTEED
TEST FACILITY / NETWORK ABUSE WILL RESULT IN YOUR
DEVICES BEING PURGED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS

COMPILED BY

MARK COXEN

EMAIL

MARK@OTTO.CO.ZA

MOBILE

+27 82 888 6275

3G

GENERAL ENQUIRIES
DISCLAIMER

AT COMMAND

FUNCTION

This application note and

AT

Must return OK, use to check comms

any associated software is

ATI

Identifies firmware revision

ATE0

Switches off the echo - 1 enables echo

AT+GMR

Identifies full firmware revision

or statutory, including, but

AT+GMI

Identifies manufacturer

not limited to implied war-

AT+GMM

Identifies module type, i.e. SIM900

ranties of merchantability

AT+GSN

Identifies module IMEI number

and fitness for a particular

AT+CSCA?

Checks the SMS service centre number

AT+CREG?

Acknowledges that the SIM and modem are connected to the


network

AT+GCAP

Services offered on Modem -> GSM; FCLASS (Fax); +DS (Data


Services)

AT+CMEE=2

Changes error warnings from number codes to text

AT&W

Stores all user settings

or consequential damages

AT&V

Checks the settings of the module

for any reason whatsoever.

AT&F

Reset all settings to manufacturer defaults

provided in an as-is condition. No warranties,


whether expressed, implied

purpose apply to this application note or associated


software. Otto Wireless
Solutions, SIMCom and
Otto Marketing shall not in
any circumstances, be liable for special, incidental

SET THE BAUDRATE


This application note, and
any associated software, or
parts thereof, may not be
reproduced or distributed

AT COMMAND
AT+IPR=XXXXXXX

FUNCTION
Set the Value

* 1200

without the explicit permis-

* 2400

sion of Otto Wireless Solu-

* 4800

tions.

* 9600
* 19200
* 34800
* 57600
* 115200

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Application NoteGPRS
Transparent Connection
using SIM900 rev01
GPRS

HSDPA

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H
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GSM

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VO

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APPLICATION NOTE DETAILS


GSM DEVICE

SIM900

FIRMWARE

R11.00

ADDITIONAL
NOTES

NETWORK INFO IS BASED ON PUBLIC NETWORK SPECIFIC APN / GPRS TESTS ON PREPAID SIMS ONLY WORK
IN THE SAME NETWORK CELL / GPRS AVAILABILITY IS
NETWORK DEPENDENT / WE OFFER A NON GUARANTEED
TEST FACILITY / NETWORK ABUSE WILL RESULT IN YOUR
DEVICES BEING PURGED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS

COMPILED BY

MARK COXEN

EMAIL

MARK@OTTO.CO.ZA

MOBILE

+27 82 888 6275

3G

SET THE MODULE TO AUTO REPORT STATUS INFO ON POWER UP


DISCLAIMER

AT COMMAND

FUNCTION

This application note and

AT+IPR=115200

The baud rate must be set; does not work on Auto Baud

any associated software is

AT+CREG=1

Set the Module to report on network registration query

provided in an as-is condition. No warranties,

<POWER OFF AND POWER UP AGAIN>


RDY

Indicates power key was pressed

or statutory, including, but

+CFUN: 1

Module is on full functionality

not limited to implied war-

+CIPN: READY

Indicates no pin number required, SIM PIN will display if pin number is needed

ranties of merchantability

+CREG: 0

Not registered on the network

and fitness for a particular

+CREG: 2

Searching for a network to register to

Call Ready

Ready for Voice and SMS

+CREG: 1

Registered on network

whether expressed, implied

purpose apply to this application note or associated


software. Otto Wireless
Solutions, SIMCom and

SET MODULE TO AUTO REPORT STATUS AND NETWORK INFO ON POWER UP

Otto Marketing shall not in


any circumstances, be liable for special, incidental
or consequential damages

AT COMMAND

FUNCTION

AT+IPR=115200

The baud rate must be set; does not work on Auto Baud

AT+CREG=2

Set the Module to report on status and network registration query


<POWER OFF AND POWER UP AGAIN>

for any reason whatsoever.


RDY

Indicates power key was pressed

+CFUN: 1

Module is on full functionality

+CIPN: READY

Indicates no pin number required, SIM PIN will display if pin number is
needed

reproduced or distributed

+CREG: 0

Not registered on the network

without the explicit permis-

+CREG: 2

Searching for a network to register to

Call Ready

Ready for Voice and SMS

+CREG: 1,009A,2C30

Registered on network, showing cell ID and Location ID

This application note, and


any associated software, or
parts thereof, may not be

sion of Otto Wireless Solutions.

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Application NoteGPRS
Transparent Connection
using SIM900 rev01
GPRS

HSDPA

S
SM

H
SU
PA

GSM

E
IC
VO

E
D
GE

APPLICATION NOTE DETAILS


GSM DEVICE

SIM900

FIRMWARE

R11.00

ADDITIONAL
NOTES

NETWORK INFO IS BASED ON PUBLIC NETWORK SPECIFIC APN / GPRS TESTS ON PREPAID SIMS ONLY WORK
IN THE SAME NETWORK CELL / GPRS AVAILABILITY IS
NETWORK DEPENDENT / WE OFFER A NON GUARANTEED
TEST FACILITY / NETWORK ABUSE WILL RESULT IN YOUR
DEVICES BEING PURGED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS

COMPILED BY

MARK COXEN

EMAIL

MARK@OTTO.CO.ZA

MOBILE

+27 82 888 6275

3G

SIGNAL STRENGTH

DISCLAIMER

AT COMMAND

This application note and


any associated software is
provided in an as-is con-

AT+CSQ
* 1 = -111dBm

whether expressed, implied

* 2->30 = -109 -> -53dBm

or statutory, including, but

* 31 = -51dBm

not limited to implied war-

* 99 = No Reception

and fitness for a particular


purpose apply to this appli-

Signal Strength

* 0 = -113dBm

dition. No warranties,

ranties of merchantability

FUNCTION

AT+CREG?

Query Network

+CREG: 2,1,009A,2C3

cation note or associated

*2

CREG set to 2

software. Otto Wireless

*1

Registered to the Network

Solutions, SIMCom and

* 009A

Location area code in hex <00><9A>

Otto Marketing shall not in

* 2C30

Cell ID in hex format <2C><30>

any circumstances, be liable for special, incidental

QUERY THE SERVICING AND SURROUNDING CELL TOWERS AUTOATICALLY


AT COMMAND

or consequential damages
for any reason whatsoever.

FUNCTION

AT+CENG=2

Switch on engineering mode and send reports

First value:

Servicing Cell

This application note, and

+CENG:0,0046,52,255,655,01
any associated software, or ,32,2C30,154,00,000,255
parts thereof, may not be
*0
Servicing cell. 1 - 6 are neighbouring cells
reproduced or distributed
* 0046
RF Channel Number
without the explicit permission of Otto Wireless Solutions.

* 52

Receive Level

* 255

Receive Quality

* 655

Mobile Country Code

* 01

Mobile Network Code

* 32

Base Station ID

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Application NoteGPRS
Transparent Connection
using SIM900 rev01
GPRS

HSDPA

S
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H
SU
PA

GSM

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VO

E
D
GE

APPLICATION NOTE DETAILS


GSM DEVICE

SIM900

FIRMWARE

R11.00

ADDITIONAL
NOTES

NETWORK INFO IS BASED ON PUBLIC NETWORK SPECIFIC APN / GPRS TESTS ON PREPAID SIMS ONLY WORK
IN THE SAME NETWORK CELL / GPRS AVAILABILITY IS
NETWORK DEPENDENT / WE OFFER A NON GUARANTEED
TEST FACILITY / NETWORK ABUSE WILL RESULT IN YOUR
DEVICES BEING PURGED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS

COMPILED BY

MARK COXEN

EMAIL

MARK@OTTO.CO.ZA

MOBILE

+27 82 888 6275

3G

QUERY THE SERVICING AND SURROUNDING CELL TOWERS AUTOATICALLY

DISCLAIMER

AT COMMAND

This application note and

FUNCTION

* 2C30

Cell ID in hex format <2C><30>

* 154

Location area code

dition. No warranties,

* 00

Minimum Receive Access level

whether expressed, implied

* 000

Transmit Power Maximum

* 255

Timing advance

any associated software is


provided in an as-is con-

or statutory, including, but


not limited to implied warranties of merchantability

Neighbouring Cells

and fitness for a particular

+CENG:1,0036,41,14,154

Cell number / RF channel / Rec Level / Rec Quality

+CENG:2,0042,40,23,154

Cell number / RF channel / Rec Level / Rec Quality

+CENG:3,0052,38,43,153

Cell number / RF channel / Rec Level / Rec Quality

Solutions, SIMCom and

NOTE

These cells are not within reception

Otto Marketing shall not in

+CENG:4,65535,255,00,0

any circumstances, be li-

+CENG:5,65535,255,00,0

able for special, incidental

+CENG:6,65535,255,00,0

purpose apply to this application note or associated


software. Otto Wireless

or consequential damages

DEACTIVATE ENGINEERING MODE

for any reason whatsoever.


AT COMMAND
This application note, and
any associated software, or
parts thereof, may not be
reproduced or distributed

AT+CENG=0

FUNCTION
Deactivates engineering mode

QUERY SERVICING AND SURROUNDING CELL TOWERS MANUALLY


AT COMMAND

FUNCTION

without the explicit permis-

AT+CENG=1

Switch on Engineering Mode

sion of Otto Wireless Solu-

AT+CENG?

Issue the query instruction each time you want the tower info

tions.

+CENG:1,0
Servicing Cell
+CENG:0,0046,51,255,655,01
,32,2C30,154,00,000,255

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Application NoteGPRS
Transparent Connection
using SIM900 rev01
GPRS

HSDPA

S
SM

H
SU
PA

GSM

E
IC
VO

E
D
GE

APPLICATION NOTE DETAILS


GSM DEVICE

SIM900

FIRMWARE

R11.00

ADDITIONAL
NOTES

NETWORK INFO IS BASED ON PUBLIC NETWORK SPECIFIC APN / GPRS TESTS ON PREPAID SIMS ONLY WORK
IN THE SAME NETWORK CELL / GPRS AVAILABILITY IS
NETWORK DEPENDENT / WE OFFER A NON GUARANTEED
TEST FACILITY / NETWORK ABUSE WILL RESULT IN YOUR
DEVICES BEING PURGED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS

COMPILED BY

MARK COXEN

EMAIL

MARK@OTTO.CO.ZA

MOBILE

+27 82 888 6275

3G

QUERY SERVICING AND SURROUNDING CELL TOWERS MANUALLY


DISCLAIMER

AT COMMAND

This application note and


any associated software is
provided in an as-is condition. No warranties,

FUNCTION

Neighbouring Cells
+CENG:1,0052,41,43,153
+CENG:2,0036,42,14,0

whether expressed, implied +CENG:3,0042,41,23,0


No Cells Available
or statutory, including, but
not limited to implied war-

+CENG:4,65535,255,00,0

ranties of merchantability

+CENG:5,65535,255,00,0

and fitness for a particular


purpose apply to this appli-

+CENG:6,65535,255,00,0

cation note or associated


software. Otto Wireless
Solutions, SIMCom and
Otto Marketing shall not in
any circumstances, be liable for special, incidental
or consequential damages
for any reason whatsoever.
This application note, and
any associated software, or
parts thereof, may not be
reproduced or distributed
without the explicit permission of Otto Wireless Solutions.

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