Blog‎ > ‎

EddyStone / iBeacon Review - April Beacon DA14580 by April Brothers

posted Dec 11, 2015, 9:47 AM by Sami Lehtinen   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 9:47 AM ]

My comments about the beacon & the administration software

I don't know if I just fail miserably. But I can't simply figure out how to set the password for EddyStone URL's. There's password option in iBeacon mode yes. But if I enter new password there nothing happens. What's the password format? I assume it's 12 characters. I've tried 6 digits, 12 digits, 6 characters, 12 characters and nothing seems to work. Also the AprilBeacon App seems to crash really often. So everything was really trivial except setting a password which prevents changing the URL by anyone. All physical stuff, like the beacon bracelet, key chain enclosing etc, are really nice. Only thing which I'm not happy about is the app and this very simple issue. I've been now playing about 1.5 hours trying to set the password and nope. I haven't figured out how to do it. It would be also nice to know the default password in the App. Because once I changed the app password and only way to get the unknown default password was to reset the whole app." - You'll find the (possible) discussion with replies here. The beacon itself seems to be robust, but the administration software isn't that great in multiple ways. I would say it's pretty alpha / very buggy / bad.

Just my personal question related to generic usability of EddyStone's / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons

Another thing which I wondered is that why the Android Smart Lock doesn't support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. It's silly. Phone shows the beacons, but you can't use one as trusted device / location identifier.