Send SMS from Arduino over the Internet using ENC28J60 and Thingspeak

ENC28J60-and Thingspeak

This Instructable explains how to send an SMS from an Arduino using the Internet. There are many ways to approach this and I will explain one of the different methods used to accomplish this task.

Some major points needed for my project:

  • I have a standard Ethernet shield, and ENC28J60 Ethernet module, and I needed my program to work with both and also over a wifi connection (using the ESP8266 – I just ordered some to test)
  • I would like the SMS service to be free

So aside from the hardware, I found three main ways to interface with the Arduino and send an SMS.

ENC28J60-and Thingspeak

Using Temboo to send an SMS through Twilio

  1. Using Lithouse connected to IFTTT to send an SMS
  2. Using Thingspeak ThingHTTP to send an SMS through Twilio

I tested all of these methods, and only one successfully worked on my ENC28J60 Ethernet module, the target I was going for. But more importantly the code on the Arduino side is very simple, and should work using WiFi or Ethernet without any special libraries, other than the standard Ethernet communication libraries.

So again I will only explain method number 3. If you want to use another method there are other guides on the internet, but I felt like Thingspeak ThingHTTP is slighjtly undocumented.

Step 1: Setup

The hardware is pretty simple.

  1. Arduino Uno, or equivalent
  2. A connection to the internet, using an Ethernet shield, the ENC28J60 Ethernet module, or a WiFi module/shield

The software is a little more complicated to set up.

Since the Arduino does not support HTTPS, we are going to use Thingspeak to trigger Twilio.

You will need:

  1. A Twilio account. Register at After signing up, verify your number.
  2. A Thingspeak account. Register at

If you are using the ENC28J60 or wifi module, you will need the acompaning libraries. For the ENC28J60, I reccomend Arduino UIP. Download the zip and move it to the libraries folder.

Okay now that’s all set up, we will start the configuration.

Step 2: Configuring Thingspeak ThingHTTP

Go to, click on apps, then ThingHTTP, and then New ThingHTTP. This will take you to the setup page. You will have to find your Twilio account SID and auth token on your Twilio dashboard page

Copy the following data into the fields. Where italics and caps you must replace with the data from Twilio.

  1. Name it Twilio Send SMS
  5. Set the method to POST
  6. Content type is application/x-www-form-urlencoded
  7. Click remove headers, and leave host blank
  8. Body = From=YOUR TWILIO NUMBER&To=%%number%%&Body=%%message%%

Click Save ThingHTTP

Take note of the API key for your ThingHTTP. You will need it in the Arduino sketch

 ENC28J60 and Thingspeak Schematic

Step 3: Arduino Side

The Arduino will need a connection to the internet, again the Ethernet shield and ENC28J60 Ethernet module will both work, and Wifi will too with some small changes to the program

Here is a guide to connect the ENC28J60 to the Arduino…

This code will work both with the Arduino Ethernet Shield and the ENC28J60 Ethernet module, with a simple modification. Download the file and change the API key and phone number to your own, then upload it.

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