When you receive your newly purchased Bluecats BLE beacons they will be powered off. Turning them on and enabling then is slightly different based on the beacon purchased.
Here are the steps for turning them on:
- AA Beacon - Open the battery compartment and insert 2 AA batteries.
- USB Beacon - Plug a USB cable into the beacon, no battery required.
- Coin Beacon - Pull the battery tab out that was shipped with the beacon. This will activate the beacon.
After powering on the beacon using the instructions above, the beacon will now be pinging out its identifier based on the default settings. These settings can be customized per beacon by using an Android or iOS device and the Bluecats mobile application, BC Reveal. You can download and install the BC Reveal application using the Apple App Store on an iOS device, or the Google Play store for Android. Please note that the device will need to support Bluetooth LE.
The BC Reveal application allows you to configure all of the settings of the Bluecats beacons. This includes things such as a beacon name, the strength of its transmission, the interval of transmission as well as any Eddystone, iBeacon values that are required in the installation.
To make changes the the beacons settings, use the BC reveal application to find the beacon you would like to configure. If it is within range it will be displayed in the find results page of the application. Click on the beacon you would like to configure, and make any changes you would like using the settings page. When done scroll to the bottom and click Update Settings and Save. This will push the new configuration to the beacon.