We are sorry to say the Iotton TON9108 is no longer being manufactured. This beacon has been very popular because of its low cost and top build quality. We only ever had one of these beacons returned faulty.
This beacon was particularly popular for large rollouts due to the savings in cost. However, we think the cost might have been it’s eventual weakness as it wasn’t sustainable for the manufacturer. Purchase while you can as we won’t be getting any more in stock.
We are talking with manufacturers to source an alternative, similarly priced, beacon. Watch this space.
Update: The Feasycom FSC-BP103 is our replacement low cost beacon.
Last month we wrote about how the TON9108 had added ‘beta’ support for Eddystone. We are please to say the problems we found have been fixed and we now sell this beacon in our simultaneous category.
The only caveat is that you must use the latest version v1.2 of the Android configuration app (iOS coming soon) and you might need to upgrade the beacon firmware (to v1.32 supplied by us) if you come across a problem with the beacon not setting your particular URL correctly. More details are in our Iotton technical area.
To set up simultaneous transmission, access the BeaconFlyer app menu and select ‘Broadcast mode’. You can then select iBeacon and/or Eddystone-UID and/or Eddystone-URL. After you have done this, tap on ‘Done’ then ‘Modify’.
We have a new batch of TON9108 in stock. Previously this beacon only supported iBeacon but this latest version has new firmware that supports iBeacon, Eddystone-UID and Eddystone URL. Each can be individually switched on or off such that the beacon can transmit all three simultaneously:
The Android app has been updated by the manufacturer to support Eddystone and an updated iOS app is coming soon. However, we found that the Android version only supports Eddystone URLs with .com, org, .edu, .net, .info, .biz, .gov extensions and hence won’t work with many URLs shorteners that use other domain extensions. Hence, we consider the Eddystone support to be ‘beta’ and we aren’t yet putting the beacon into our simultaneous category until the Android app is updated and the iOS app supporting Eddystone becomes available.
We now have some colours, other than white, for the TON9108:
The colours are officially red, blue, green and yellow, but we have named them strawberry, blue, lime and lemon that more accurately describe the actual colours.
One of our most popular beacons is the TON9108. The low price has made it popular with first timers who want to try out iBeacons without a large financial commitment. It’s also great for rollouts because the low power Dialog DA14580 and timed on period allows the CR2032 battery to last as long as a CR2477 in a comparable TI CC254x based-beacon.
We recently re-stocked in larger quantities and so have been able to lower the price and keep it our March “Most Affordable Beacon”. This beacon is currently only £7.70 + vat (about $11, €9). EU companies outside the UK can order ex vat.