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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2014, 12:17:24 pm »
Thanks - I have somewhat the ability to alter both brodcast intervall and range, but it has to be altered in hex code or something - which I does not know. Which program do you use with your beacons ? I use ebeacon app

The beacons that I had the most success with were one purchased through estimote, which has it very own app in the app store.  Inside its app it allows you to set your advertising interval and the distance that you want to project just by using iOS sliders, so the app handles all of the hex for you.
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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2014, 02:33:16 pm »
Hello

I am not sure - I am still testing. On WiFi it works ok (but just ok). when I try it on unlocking my door I am out of the wifi range - it is far to slow. I will not stand outside the door waiting for 20 sec to unlock it. Have to test more, but it seems that waiting for an iPhone 6 with NFC is going to be worth it.
Now I soon leave for a two month trip to Norway leaving all the tech behind me (nearly).

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2014, 03:38:38 pm »
Hello

I am not sure - I am still testing. On WiFi it works ok (but just ok). when I try it on unlocking my door I am out of the wifi range - it is far to slow. I will not stand outside the door waiting for 20 sec to unlock it. Have to test more, but it seems that waiting for an iPhone 6 with NFC is going to be worth it.
Now I soon leave for a two month trip to Norway leaving all the tech behind me (nearly).

I don't keep up on specs of iPhones or iDevices, where did you see that apple was going to implement NFC?  As far as I had known NFC was never coming to apple but that is just my thoughts, if you had seen somewhere I would like to read about it.
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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2014, 03:55:44 pm »
Oh yes I have read about it. Just look here :

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/20/nfc-mobile-payments/

http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/05/21/329275/morgan-stanley-predicts-apple-will-include-nfc-iphone-6-nxp-will-supply-controller-chips/

Of course I do not know - it has always been roumore of an Nfc support  ios so we never know. But what make me belive in this this time is t Cooks statment of Apple entering the payment buisiness. Ibeacon as it is today seams to be no alternative in that regard by now.

Well I do not know - but I hope - I think that is the route to go regarding home automation - at least for the moment. The iBeacons are to unstable

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2014, 03:57:10 pm »
http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/iphone-6-release-date-news-and-rumours-1099865

NFC

What's this? NFC in an iPhone? About time too. Well, that's what iDownloadblog reckons, quoting Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. He's not the only analyst tossing his hat into the iPhone 6 NFC ring, with Ming-Chi Kuo also supporting the theory.

It's a theory that's looking ever more likely as it's now been revealed that Apple has partnered with China UnionPay to add its banking service to Passbook. That in itself needn't mean NFC, but apparently users will also be able to make payments on China UnionPay's QuickPass machines, which use NFC.

Many Android phones now boast NFC and Apple appears to have been happy to be left behind here, so we'd be a little surprised to see it suddenly rocking the contactless technology when it appears to be on the wane. Then again, the evidence for it is mounting.


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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2014, 04:07:19 pm »
Many Android phones now boast NFC and Apple appears to have been happy to be left behind here, so we'd be a little surprised to see it suddenly rocking the contactless technology when it appears to be on the wane. Then again, the evidence for it is mounting.

I have also read the rumors, think it's possible but highly unlikely that Crapple's will start supporting something they passed on for at least 2 years now. But then again a bigger small screen is coming and LTE was slow to come out. Flash...... ehhhh

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2014, 02:41:04 pm »
Just bought a couple of Jaalee iBeacons for ?13 each and they seem to work fine  :)
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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2014, 03:00:00 pm »
Just bought a couple of Jaalee iBeacons for ?13 each and they seem to work fine  :)

Can you give us info on where you purchased these from? Thanks,

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2014, 05:55:12 pm »
eBay UK - just search for:

iBeacon Bluetooth Low Energy BLE 4.0 Proximity Device

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2014, 06:14:30 pm »
@jpete7683

I have purchased an "April Brothers" 202 iBeacon from eBay and it seems to be working / talking with iViri.  I was able to add the UUID of the iBeacon to iViri, tie it to a Vera MultiSwitch, and have a scene triggered to turn on a light based on the multiswitch.

Everything is working and all that, but I do have some questions?

1. How should I calibrate the distance?  Meaning to configure an "entry" / "exit" distance, should I configure in iViri or in the iBeacon config util?
2. I keep getting a series of push messages from iViri, something like "Switch: 154", "Switch: 155"... etc.  What does it mean?

At the end, I want to configure the proper "entry" / "exit" distance, and then be able to "turn on" a light on "entry", and then "turn off" a light on "exit".  What is the way to do it?

Thanks!

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2014, 10:30:00 pm »
@jpete7683

I have purchased an "April Brothers" 202 iBeacon from eBay and it seems to be working / talking with iViri.  I was able to add the UUID of the iBeacon to iViri, tie it to a Vera MultiSwitch, and have a scene triggered to turn on a light based on the multiswitch.

Everything is working and all that, but I do have some questions?

1. How should I calibrate the distance?  Meaning to configure an "entry" / "exit" distance, should I configure in iViri or in the iBeacon config util?
2. I keep getting a series of push messages from iViri, something like "Switch: 154", "Switch: 155"... etc.  What does it mean?

At the end, I want to configure the proper "entry" / "exit" distance, and then be able to "turn on" a light on "entry", and then "turn off" a light on "exit".  What is the way to do it?

Thanks!

Glad to hear you have your initial setup working.  The distance is setup on the beacon itself.  Because these are just little radios it is very hard for a programmer to know when and how close you are to it, especially since apple just gives your different responses like immediate, near, far, etc...  Talk with the provider of your ibeacon, they should have an app that allows you to control distance and interval rate of the advertising.  This is why I went with estimotes, because their app controlled all of this for me.  Your push notifications can be turned off in the iViri settings under your iphone settings just scroll down to iViri and turn off your location services notifications.  It should like you are doing it right, just have PLEG evaluate the status of your multi-switch when it turns on meaning you entered the beacons distance turn on the light and when it turns off meaning you exited the beacons range turn off the light.  Note that apple waits 20 seconds after out of range of a beacon before sending iViri the exitedRegion call back so your exits take longer than your entrances but that is fine in my mind and even if I didn't like it there is nothing I can do for it.
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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2014, 07:56:01 am »
jpete7683! I have just bought two SticknFind. One is to track our cat but I bought the other to try geofencing with iViri. GPS geofencing seems a bit slow here in the country.

However I can't understand where to find the UUID and other info on the device? You said you had used SticknFind? Mind explaining how (I have never used an iBeacon before)?

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Re: iBeacon and iPhone User Please Respond
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2014, 02:43:31 pm »
jpete7683! I have just bought two SticknFind. One is to track our cat but I bought the other to try geofencing with iViri. GPS geofencing seems a bit slow here in the country.

However I can't understand where to find the UUID and other info on the device? You said you had used SticknFind? Mind explaining how (I have never used an iBeacon before)?

By default the SticknFind doesn't support ibeacon, so you need to enable it.  Download the app SNFBeacon (BeaconMaker) on your iDevice and when you are near your SticknFind device you will see it reporting its ranges, go ahead and select it and enable ibeacon and setup the UUID (Might need to google a valid one) and setup your advertising interval to at least 100 at the greatest as that rate or lower works best with ibeacon technology.
I am the developer of iViri.  iViri is available in Apple Store.  Check out its Voice Control and Geofence integration, which causes less battery drain than the other options for locating an iphone.