Setting Up Eddystone-URL/Physical Web (with AnkhMaway Beacons)


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On 25 October 2018, Google announced they are discontinuing Nearby Notifications on Android. This mechanism should no longer be used.

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We have had several customers trying to set up Eddystone-URL/Physical Web without reading around the subject and understanding how it works (and doesn’t work). This is something you are unlikely to make work without a little research and preparation.

First read our article on Eddystone and the Physical Web to gain a background on how it works.

Before you start, you need to decide whether you will be using a URL shortener. Alternatively, you might choose to use a ready-made solution that includes URL shortening or our free EddystoneCMS.

The next step is to make sure your final, pointed-to URL uses https:// rather than http:// web address otherwise your beacon won’t be seen.

Only the iOS configuration app, not Android, has an easy configure screen to set up Eddystone-UID or Eddystone-URL data. Hence, we recommend you use the iOS app. It’s possible to set up an Eddystone URL on Android but you have to set the Bluetooth Services/Characteristics directly which is much more involved.

Download the eBeacon iOS app from the App store.

Tap the beacon on a hard surface until it rings (press the button on the iB001M) . Run the eBeacon app and you will see something like this:

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Tap on the Jaalee beacon and it will say ‘Discovering Characteristics’ followed by this:

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Tap on the Service FFD0 and you will see the screen below:

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Tap on ‘Configure’ at the top right and you will see this:

Enter the URL and Change the Active State to on. In this example we have used a shortened URL http://bzone.click/pc062 that points to https://www.beaconzone.co.uk. Put anything, for example -30, into the Measured Power Value edit box. Note that this isn’t the power output and whatever value you put in the box won’t affect the beacon transmission power. You can learn more about measured power in our article.

Tap on the ‘Configure’ button.

It will say ‘Trying to configure the beacon’ followed by ‘Configure Successfully’.

Exit the eBeacon app.

 

Install the Physical Web App on iOS and your beacon will be seen.

Troubleshooting

Why Doesn’t the Manufacturer’s Configuration App Connect?

Physical Web Getting Started Tips