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The Send URL function on the OpenScape Desk Phone CP devices, allows a user to send a predefined HTTP or HTTPS request to a server in order to trigger a remote action. The functionality is available from a free programmable key (FPK), that has been configured for this feature. In the server response to a phones HTTP or HTTPS request, the phone can be triggered to (e.g.)
- turn on the LED of the configured FPK (in different colours)
- use a different blinking mode
- overwrite the FPK label (CP600 only)
- The request can be sent in plain HTTP or encrypted HTTPS
- The request can be of type GET or POST
- The phone will not follow any type of redirect (3XX)
- Authentication User ID and password will be sent as Parameters (no HTTP Basic Authentication)
- When using HTTPS, the connected server can be validated according to the Authentication Policy (see Administration Guide)
A Send URL FPK can be configured via web based management or DLS. Please see example screenshot from WBM.
This FPK (if pressed) will trigger the following request
The parts of the URL linked to the configuration items can be seen in the following table
|URL part||Configuration Item||Example Value|
|Hostname||Web server address||10.10.0.255|
|Parameter||Web server user ID||userid=MyUsername|
|Parameter||Web server password||password=MyPassword|
In order to make use of the Send URL FPK specific features (LED colour and blink mode), the server needs to reply with a specific XML content. Also the HTTP header needs to contain the 'Content-Type', which is 'text/xml'. The HTTP response code needs to be 200, in order for the CP phone to process the XML body.
There is a special handling of server responses, which have a response code of 200, but an empty or invalid XML body. In this case, the Desk Phone CP will make it's LED lid green for 2 seconds and then turn it off again. This can be interesting for using the Desk Phone CP with IoT services like IFTTT or Zapier.
<Batch> <Capabilities_Req TYPE="ALL_OF"> <Capability NAME="XML_LED_STATE_CONTROL" /> </Capabilities_Req> <Remote_Control> <Turnled ID="MySymbolicName" WAKE="FALSE" STATE="FLASH" COLOUR="GREEN" LABEL="FPK label" /> </Remote_Control> </Batch>
The interesting part for a Send URL application developer is the <Turnled> element. Let's see the different attributes and their possible values.
|ID||Should contain the symbolic name configured.||String||as configured for the FPK|
|WAKE||Wakes up the device from power saving or screen saver mode.||Boolean||TRUE or FALSE|
|STATE||Defines the state of the LED||Enumeration||ON, OFF, FLASH or FLUTTER|
|COLOUR||Defines the colour of the LED. Requires STATE to be ON, FLASH or FLUTTER||Enumeration||RED, YELLOW or GREEN|
|LABEL||Defines the FPK label text. Only applicable for Desk Phone CP600||String||e.g. "My new label"|
If the LED colour and state are used to represent a status, you might want to push new information to the phone (to change the colour or LED state). This is what we call "push support". Via the push support, you can make the phone trigger the configured Send URL FPK without user interaction, and download new data from the Send URL application server.
For security reasons, it is not allowed to send new data directly to the phone. Via the push support feature, we make sure the phone only contacts the configured server.
A sample cURL HTTPS POST request directed at the phones web server, that hosts the web based management. This push support feature works, even if the web based management has been disabled on the phone.
curl --url "https://<IP-OF-PHONE>/server_push.html/ServerPush" \ --data "MidletName=MySymbolicName&ServerProtocol=https&ServerAddr=10.10.0.255&ServerPort=443&ProgramName=MySymbolicName&RequestType=sendURL"
|URL part||Example Value|
|Parameter||MidletName=MySymbolicName (must match FPK configuration)|
|Parameter||ServerProtocol=https (must match FPK configuration)|
|Parameter||ServerAddr=10.10.0.255 (must match FPK configuration)|
|Parameter||ServerPort=443 (must match FPK configuration)|
|Parameter||ProgramName=MySymbolicName (must match FPK configuration)|
|Parameter||RequestType=sendURL (fixed required parameter)|
Example code & Playground
If you want to play with Send URL and the enhancements compared to OpenStage / Desk Phone IP, node-red (https://nodered.org/) is the perfect tool for you. We have released a node-red addon for easy creation of node-red flows (https://www.npmjs.com/package/node-red-contrib-sendurl)
Getting started with node-red.
- get a copy of nodejs from here: https://nodejs.org
- install node-red 'npm install node-red'
- isntall the node-red module for Send URL 'npm install node-red-contrib-sendurl'
You can import the following node-red flow as a starting point