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n_gsm.c GSM 0710 tty multiplexor HOWTO
This line discipline implements the GSM 07.10 multiplexing protocol
detailed in the following 3GPP document :
This document give some hints on how to use this driver with GPRS and 3G
modems connected to a physical serial port.
How to use it
1- initialize the modem in 0710 mux mode (usually AT+CMUX= command) through
its serial port. Depending on the modem used, you can pass more or less
parameters to this command,
2- switch the serial line to using the n_gsm line discipline by using
3- configure the mux using GSMIOC_GETCONF / GSMIOC_SETCONF ioctl,
Major parts of the initialization program :
(a good starting point is util-linux-ng/sys-utils/ldattach.c)
#include <linux/gsmmux.h>
#define N_GSM0710 21 /* GSM 0710 Mux */
#define DEFAULT_SPEED B115200
#define SERIAL_PORT /dev/ttyS0
int ldisc = N_GSM0710;
struct gsm_config c;
struct termios configuration;
/* open the serial port connected to the modem */
/* configure the serial port : speed, flow control ... */
/* send the AT commands to switch the modem to CMUX mode
and check that it's successful (should return OK) */
write(fd, "AT+CMUX=0\r", 10);
/* experience showed that some modems need some time before
being able to answer to the first MUX packet so a delay
may be needed here in some case */
/* use n_gsm line discipline */
ioctl(fd, TIOCSETD, &ldisc);
/* get n_gsm configuration */
ioctl(fd, GSMIOC_GETCONF, &c);
/* we are initiator and need encoding 0 (basic) */
c.initiator = 1;
c.encapsulation = 0;
/* our modem defaults to a maximum size of 127 bytes */
c.mru = 127;
c.mtu = 127;
/* set the new configuration */
ioctl(fd, GSMIOC_SETCONF, &c);
/* and wait for ever to keep the line discipline enabled */
4- create the devices corresponding to the "virtual" serial ports (take care,
each modem has its configuration and some DLC have dedicated functions,
for example GPS), starting with minor 1 (DLC0 is reserved for the management
of the mux)
MAJOR=`cat /proc/devices |grep gsmtty | awk '{print $1}`
for i in `seq 1 4`; do
mknod /dev/ttygsm$i c $MAJOR $i
5- use these devices as plain serial ports.
for example, it's possible :
- and to use gnokii to send / receive SMS on ttygsm1
- to use ppp to establish a datalink on ttygsm2
6- first close all virtual ports before closing the physical port.
Note that after closing the physical port the modem is still in multiplexing
mode. This may prevent a successful re-opening of the port later. To avoid
this situation either reset the modem if your hardware allows that or send
a disconnect command frame manually before initializing the multiplexing mode
for the second time. The byte sequence for the disconnect command frame is:
0xf9, 0x03, 0xef, 0x03, 0xc3, 0x16, 0xf9.
Additional Documentation
More practical details on the protocol and how it's supported by industrial
modems can be found in the following documents :
11-03-08 - Eric BĂ©nard - <>