iBeacon Service

Enable iBeacon service and configure the iBeacon settings for APs that belong to a network policy.

About iBeacon

You can enable iBeacon service on all the APs to which a network policy applies. This includes adding a name and description for the service and a UUID (universally unique identifier) for the APs.

When enabled, ExtremeCloud IQ displays iBeacon settings for APs in "Interface Settings", and displays iBeacon settings for a wireless network (SSID) in "Insights Proximity".

You can configure the embedded iBeacon transmitter in the following APs: AP122, AP122X, AP150W, AP245X, AP250, and AP550. As transmitters, they broadcast numerical advertisements that trigger an action on Bluetooth-enabled devices that come within range. For example, an app running on a mobile device might react to an iBeacon signal by displaying welcome messages, sale announcements, or coupons.

iBeacons can trigger different events based on proximity: far, near, and immediate. For example, an AP functioning as an iBeacon transmitter in the middle of a retail store in a mall might trigger a welcome message to clients near the store entrance (proximity = far) and a sale announcement to customers browsing merchandise inside (proximity = near). Participation is inherently on an opt-in basis because users must install an app on their mobile device and keep Bluetooth enabled. Stores are also required to display signs disclosing their use of Bluetooth.

To give you an idea of the range of an Extreme Networks iBeacon transmission, a signal from an AP122 reaches approximately 60 feet (18 meters) in open space, defining a transmission cell with a diameter of 120 feet (36 meters). Of course, obstacles, radio interference, and other factors in the environment can affect that range. Still, iBeacon service from an Extreme Networks AP covers a fairly large area as opposed to some of the smaller proximity transmitters that can define areas of just a few feet (a meter) or so.

Enable iBeacon Service

To enable iBeacon service for a wireless network (SSID), navigate to Configure > policy_name > Additional Settings > Policy Settings > iBeacon Service and toggle the switch to ON.

Then enter the following information:

Service Name: Enter a name for the iBeacon service. This name is for your reference only and is not included in iBeacon advertisements.

Description: Include an optional description.

UUID: The UUID (universally unique identifier) is a 32-character hexadecimal string that uniquely identifies the organization under which the beacons are managed. For example, if a store chain uses beacons at multiple sites, the UUID would be the name of the chain and indicate that all of them belong to the same organization. The UUID is included in the iBeacon payload with major and minor numbers, which typically indicate a specific site and location in the site respectively. The UUID is at the top of the numbering hierarchy, with major and minor numbers set at the device level.

The UUID is formatted into 32 hexadecimal digits in five groups consisting of 8-4-4-4-12 digits with each group separated by hyphens. If your organization already has a UUID number, enter this number in the field formatted appropriately with hyphens separating the groups of numbers. You can also automatically create a UUID with an online UUID generator, such as the one at https://www.uuidgenerator.net/. In fact, most UUIDs are generated this way because UUIDs are not centrally assigned and managed. Their 32-character length makes it safe to assume that randomly generated UUIDs will not produce duplicates. According to Wikipedia, "for there to be a one in a billion chance of duplication, 103 trillion version 4 UUIDs must be generated".

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Enable iBeacon Monitoring

Select the check box to enable iBeacon Monitoring. The monitoring table includes detailed beacon information including owner status, BLE MAC address, UUID, value setting (UUID, major, and minor), neighbor or adjacent beacons, and rogue, stolen, or inactive beacons.