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Eddystone with BlueCats Beacons

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016 04:30PM CDT
This guide will walk you through configuring your BlueCats Beacons as Eddystone UID and URL beacons.

Note: 
Beacon firmware must be greater than 0.6.0 to support Eddystone configuration.  A guide to updating beacon firmware can be found here.

Your beacons must be in an Eddystone mode to act as Eddystone beacons. You can view the mode of your beacons in the beacons section of the web app and in the BlueCats Reveal mobile apps.
Web App BlueCats Reveal


Changing the Mode of Your Beacons to Eddystone UID or Eddystone Url
To change the mode of your beacons, you must first create a new settings update for your beacons in the web app or Bluecats Reveal and apply it to your beacons directly with BlueCats Reveal or passively with crowd sourced updates.

Note on custom Eddystone UID Namespace and Instance IDs:
If you are looking to use your own Eddystone UID Namespace or enter a specific Instance ID, you must first create your own region.


Creating a New Settings Version in BlueCats Reveal
1. Download BlueCats Reveal for Android or iOS and log in using your BlueCats account. BlueCats accounts are created with a code received with your order or by invitation by someone with an account.

 
2. Select the beacon you wish to create an update for within the Sniffer or Teams tab:

 
3. Then select Edit Beacon to begin the beacon edit process:

 
4. When prompted to choose a beacon mode, select the mode you wish to use and press continue.  If Eddystone modes are not available in your list, update the firmware on your beacons using BlueCats Reveal for iOS.  
Eddystone UID Mode
If you do not wish to use a custom Eddystone UID Namespace or Instance ID, you can simply press continue after selecting beacon mode to use the default Eddystone UID identifiers.
If you wish to use a custom Eddystone UID Namespace or Instance ID, press Change Region, select the region you wish to use, and press OK.
After selecting your region, scroll to the bottom of the Beacon Region page to choose your Instance ID and press continue.
Eddystone URL Mode
To enter your URL, scroll to the bottom of the Beacon Region page.  Enter your URL and press continue.  If your settings application fails after selecting URL mode ensure that your URL meets the Eddystone URL specification
Creating a New Version in the Web App
1.Log into app.bluecats.com with your BlueCats account. BlueCats accounts are created with a code received with your order or by invitation by someone with an account.
2. Go to the Beacons section of the web app and select the beacon you wish to update.



2. Choose your beacon mode:


Eddystone UID Mode
If you do not wish to use a custom Eddystone UID Namespace or Instance ID, you can simply save the new settings after selecting beacon mode to use the default Eddystone UID identifiers.

To use a custom Namespace or to select your Instance ID follow the steps below:

Eddystone URL Mode
Enter your URL.  Limitations on URLs that can be broadcasted can be found in the Eddystone URL specification.  After entering your URL, press Save to save your settings.


 
How to update the beacon with your new settings from BlueCats Reveal
If you assigned your beacon to your new region from the web app, you must now update the beacon to its new version using BlueCats Reveal.

1. Log into BlueCats Reveal for iOS or Android with the same login information you use for the web app.
2. Select the beacon you wish to update from the sniffer screen or the updates section.
3. Then press Update Settings to begin the settings update process.

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