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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

.NET – Detecting Modem COM Ports

We have a project at the moment where we’re using GSM modems attached to the local machine to send an SMS.  One of the issues we’ve had is when the modem is not actually connected before our service starts up: our service sometimes attaches to the COM Port that is required by the modem, and this prevents the modem from ever connecting.

There is a simple way to detect which COM ports are assigned to modems installed on your machine:

using System.Management;

ManagementObjectSearcher mos = new ManagementObjectSearcher("SELECT * FROM Win32_POTSModem");
foreach (ManagementObject mo in mos.Get())
    string s= mo["AttachedTo"].ToString();

Other properties available can be looked up here:

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