Configure a Minew C6 Beacon

Our step-by-step guide to configure a C6 beacon with the BeaconSET+ app.

Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)

Learn how we at reelyActive configure these beacons to balance functionality and battery life.


What will this accomplish?
A default configuration for efficient real-time location and acceleration sensing.
Is there an easier way?
Yes, Minew can configure beacons with these or other settings before they ship.
So why would I read this?
To learn both how and why to update the beacon's default settings.

Prerequisites

A Minew C6 beacon and the BeaconSET+ mobile app.

The BeaconSET+ app is available for both iOS and Android

Activate Bluetooth on the mobile device.

Minew C6 beacons are included with our Showcase Kit and can be purchased from Minew .

Activate the beacon's battery by pulling out the plastic tongue.

Detect and Connect   Step 1 of 3

Identify and connect via BLE to the beacon in the BeaconSET+ app.


Why BeaconSET+?
BeaconSET+ is the vendor-recommended app for BeaconPlus devices, such as the Minew C6.
What's BLE?
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a wireless personal area network technology like Bluetooth Classic, but with novel features and significantly reduced power consumption.
Beacon identification in BeaconSET+

Note the MAC address of the beacon (16 characters). This is typically indicated on a sticker or engraved directly on the beacon itself.

Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

Place the beacon near the mobile device then:

  1. Open the BeaconSET+ app
  2. Identify the beacon in the app by its MAC address
  3. Click on that beacon to initiate a connection
  4. When prompted, input the password which by default is minew123

Observe the main configuration screen from which the beacon settings may now be adjusted.

If many beacons are activated, it may be helpful to select Edit Filter in the app and select an RSSI threshold of -45dBm to display only beacons in close proximity.

Disable irrelevant SLOTS   Step 2 of 3

Disable unnecessary packet transmissions for simplicity and extended battery life.


What are SLOTs?
A SLOT is a transmission window. The beacon supports 6 SLOTs for different packet transmissions.
Why disable SLOTs?
Unnecessary transmissions unnecessarily consume the battery.

From the BeaconSET+ app, while connected to the beacon, disable SLOTs 1 through 4 and SLOT 6 as indicated below:

Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

iBeacon

  1. Select the SLOT1 tab
  2. Disable by selecting the Frame Type No Data or Empty
  3. Click on Save
Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

UID

  1. Select the SLOT2 tab
  2. Disable by selecting the Frame Type No Data or Empty
  3. Click on Save
Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

URL

  1. Select the SLOT3 tab
  2. Disable by selecting the Frame Type No Data or Empty
  3. Click on Save
Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

TLM

  1. Select the SLOT4 tab
  2. Disable by selecting the Frame Type No Data or Empty
  3. Click on Save
Configure a Minew E8 Beacon

SLOT 6

  1. Select the SLOT6 tab
  2. Disable by selecting the Frame Type No Data or Empty
  3. Click on Save

Take care not to disable SLOT5 (INFO), else it may be difficult to reconfigure the beacon.

Base params Default Tradeoff
Adv Interval 1000 ms Responsiveness vs. Battery Life
RSSI -24 dBm Range vs. Battery Life
Radio Txpower 0 dBm Range vs. Battery Life

Where to next?

Configure other beacons, or continue exploring our open architecture and all its applications.