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 four units as shown below, you need AT power either from an LLDP enabled switch (Cisco disables by default), or a 30-watt power injector for the first unit in the daisy chain. If it...

Best Practices Learned

Mist invented the patented vBLE dynamic array, and as with any 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: In this event, 300 BT11’s were pre-mounted on tripods and had to be deployed over a...

Third Party Beacon Support When Needed

Sometimes you face challenging places for location installs. Atriums are the first examples to come to mind.  In this case there was nowhere to pull a Cat5 cable and get a BT11 installed.  The use of a third-party beacon could help if coverage through an atrium is required. The information about the battery-operated beacon will...

Good Location Setup

Before you decide on a location, follow the steps in this section. Then the system will be ready for machine learning to find a path loss formula (PLF) for the area that the Mist AP is deployed, and for different client device models. Scale the Floor Plan To scale the floor plan, Select Live View...

Adding a Floorplan

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

Broadcasting BLE Beacons (iBeacon, Eddystone UID, Eddystone URL)

Mist APs can broadcast different types of beacons which have different payload structures. These Beacons are useful when customer want to broadcast beacons with different structure payloads. Apple created the iBeacon format so that your mobile device takes some action when it hears that iBeacon. This is the only way to let an application through...

Adding an AP for Location

For this article the term ‘AP’ can be a WLAN serving AP (AP 41/43/21/61) 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 of...

Design for Location

Useful trick to do location designs 1. Go to the scaled map of interest for which you want to to do the AP design. 2. Click the Hamburger in the upper-right corner and turn on Show Virtual Beacon Coverage. 3. Click Beacon and Zones. 4. Click Add vBeacon. 5. Add a few vBeacons on the...

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...