Location Design

BT11 Daisy Chaining

Location, especially Wayfinding (which usually involves long hallways) can benefit from Daisy Chaining for power.  This saves switch ports. To get 4 units as shown below, you need AT power either from LLDP enabled switch (Cisco disables by default) or 30 watt power injector for the 1st unit in the daisy chain.  If it detects...

Best Practices Learned

Mist invented the patented vBLE dynamic array and as with any brand new technology much has been learned by doing.  The following thoughts are not requirements, just interesting practices learned ‘by doing’ by Mist, our partners and customers. AP Orientation: This was an event where 300 BT11’s were pre-mounted on tripods and had to be...

3rd Party Beacon support when needed

Sometimes you face challenging places for location installs, Atrium’s are the first to come to mind.  In this case there was no where to pull an Cat5 cable and get a BT11 installed.  The use of a 3rd party beacon could help if coverage through the Atrium is required. The information about the battery operated...

Good Location Setup

For any location deployment, these four steps shown below should be verified before proceeding with using location. After correctly performing these four steps, the system is then ready for machine learning to find an PLF (path loss model) for the area that the Mist AP is deployed and different client device models. The four steps...

Adding a floorplan

    Important Note:​​ ​Make sure to scale the map properly before starting your AP design. This needs to be done first as the correct scale of the map will give the most accurate calculations for the BLE coverage range. Best format is PNG and as little ‘white space’ around the map as possible.  This...

App Wakeup, iBeacon and Eddystone URL

In addition to the 8 ‘beams’ in the vBLE array there is also an Omni available. The Omni is useful if you wanted to create a ‘Super Beacon’ acting as either an iBeacon and/or Eddystone URL The short story is Apple created the iBeacon format so that if your mobile device has been setup to...

Adding an AP for Location

  For this article the term ‘AP’ can be a WLAN serving AP (AP 41/21/61) and/or the BT11 (BLE only) Mounting the AP The Mist APs must be mounted on the ceiling with the LED facing toward the ground. You cannot put a location AP on a wall (vertical mounted), on top of objects, inside...

Design for location

  Useful trick to do location designs Go to the scaled map of interest you want to to do the AP design Click on the Hamburger in the upper right and turn on “Show  Virtual Beacon Coverage” Click on Beacon and Zones Click Add vBeacon Add a few vBeacons on the map (These will be...

Proximity Alerting

Much about location started with battery beacons placed somewhere that would trigger a mobile app to do ‘something’ when you got close to it. So what is a “virtual beacon.”  In the Mist world the mobile devices have integrated the Mist SDK into the customers mobile app and as the app is running the x,y...