Arduino GSM SHIELD 2

The Arduino GSM Shield connects your Arduino to the internet using the GPRS wireless network.

The Arduino GSM Shield connects your Arduino to the internet using the GPRS wireless network. Just plug this module onto your Arduino board, plug in a SIM card from an operator offering GPRS coverage and start controlling your world through the internet. You can also make/receive voice calls (with an external speaker and microphone circuit) and send/receive SMS messages.

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Overview

The Arduino GSM Shield connects your Arduino to the internet using the GPRS wireless network. Just plug this module onto your Arduino board, plug in a SIM card from an operator offering GPRS coverage and follow a few simple instructions to start controlling your world through the internet. You can also make/receive voice calls (you will need an external speaker and microphone circuit) and send/receive SMS messages.

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  • Requires an Arduino board (not included)
  • Operating voltage 5V (supplied from the Arduino Board)
  • Connection with Arduino Uno on pins 2, 3 (Software Serial) and 7 (reset).

Warnining: The GSM Shield works only on 2G network. Check that in your country there is an active 2G Network before to buy it.

Features

Chip based

Quectel M10

Thinker Kit interface

2x TWI, 2x OUT, 2x IN

Interfaces with Arduino Board

SoftwareSerial

GSM

Quad-Band

GPRS

Multi-slot class 12

SIM Reader

Mini-SIM

General

Operating Voltage

5V

Current needs

700 - 1000 mA

PCB size

101.5 x 53.3 mm

Weight

0.035 Kg

Product Code

A000105 (with integrated antenna) - A000106 (with antenna connector)

Description

The Arduino GSM Shield allows an Arduino board to connect to the internet, make/receive voice calls and send/receive SMS messages. The shield uses a radio modem M10 by Quectel (datasheet).  It is possible to communicate with the board using AT commands. The GSM library has a large number of methods to communicate with the shield.

The shield uses digital pins 2 and 3 for software serial communication with the M10. Pin 2 is connected to the M10’s TX pin and pin 3 to its RX pin. The modem's PWRKEY pin is connected to Arduino pin 7.

The M10 is a Quad-band GSM/GPRS modem that works at the following frequencies: GSM850MHz, GSM900MHz, DCS1800MHz and PCS1900MHz. It supports TCP/UDP and HTTP protocols through a GPRS connection. GPRS maximum data downlink and uplink transfer speed is 85.6 kbps.

To interface with the cellular network, the board requires a SIM card provided by a network operator. 

The most recent revision of the board uses the 1.0 pinout on rev 3 of the Arduino Uno board.

The micro to nano SIM adapter is included in the box.

 
Power

It is recommended to power the board with an external power supply that can provide between 700mA and 1000mA. Powering an Arduino and the GSM shield from a USB connection is not recommended, as USB cannot provide the required current when the modem is in heavy use.

The modem can pull up to 2A of current at peak usage, which can occur during data transmission. This current is provided through the large orange capacitor on the board's surface.

On Board Indicators

The shield contains a number of status LEDs:

  • On: shows that the Shield is getting power.
  • Status: switches on when the modem is powered and data is being transferred to/from the GSM/GPRS network.
  • Net: blinks when the modem is communicating with the radio network.
On Board Interfaces

The shield comes with a on-board audio jack as well,  and it can be used for both microphone and line inputs. It is also possible to make voice calls. You don’t need to add a speaker and microphone.

There are two small buttons on the shield. The button labeled "Reset" is tied to the Arduino reset pin. When pressed, it will restart the sketch. The button labeled "Power" is connected to the modem and will power the modem on and off. For early versions of the shield, it was necessary to press the power button to turn on the modem. Newer versions of the board will turn the modem on automatically.

If you have an early version of the shield, and it does not turn on automatically, you can solder a jumper to the CTRL/D7 pad on the reverse side of the board, and it will turn on when an attached Arduino receives power.

Several of the modem pins are exposed on the underside of the board. These provide access to the modem for features like speaker output and microphone input. See the datasheet for complete information.

Schematic & Reference Design

Download: PDF of GSM shield schematicReference design
The GSM library is included with Arduino IDE 1.0.4 and later.

Conformity Declaration

CE

FAQ

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GSM2 - The GSM Shield V2 library has new audio commands for voice calls and command position.
It does not provide connectors for TinkerKit components
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