Remote Beacons Management

Introduction

In the Meridian Editor, Beacons Management provides greater control over the Beacons deployed to your location. Combined with the Beacons app, Beacons Management gives you the tools you'll need to track and edit your Beacons remotely.

With Beacons Management you can review your deployed Beacons, track Beacon battery levels, and edit Beacon values.

Remote Beacons Management is supported on both Aruba and non-Aruba wireless local area networks (WLAN). If you're using a non-Aruba WLAN, you'll need Aruba Sensors to enable Beacons Management.

Beacons Management Prerequisites:

* 7xxx Aruba Controllers

    **and**

* USB Beacons plugged into an AP 215 or AP 225 with Aruba OS 6.4.3.3+

    **or**

* AP 325 with Aruba OS 6.4.4.0+

    **or**

* Aruba Sensor

    **or**

* Aruba Instant (IAP) 4.2.3.x+

An Aruba wireless network communicates with the Meridian Editor over HTTPS on port 443. If you're using a firewall, please make sure traffic is permitted on port 443.

Go to Beacons Management

To get to Beacons Management, in the Meridian Editor sidebar, click Beacons to see the Beacons List for your location.

Beacons Management Overview

With Beacons Management, there are three ways to review your location's Beacons.

First, the Beacons Map screen shows your location's map with its deployed Beacons along with a Beacon list.

Second, The Beacons List screen is the Beacon list without the map.

Third, Click a Beacon MAC address to go to its Detail screen. On the Detail screen you can edit a Beacon's name and change the Beacon type. For Proximity Beacons, you can change the power level.

Beacons List

The Beacons List screen is a list of all of your location's Beacons. The table includes Beacon MAC address, Beacon type, battery level, and major/minor numbers. For Proximity Beacons, the power level is shown. The final column shows the last time the Editor has heard from each Beacon.

The BAT (Battery) and LAST HEARD columns are sortable.

By default, the Beacons list is sorted from oldest to newest deployment date. The deployment date is not shown.

BEACON

The BEACON column shows the MAC address for each Beacon.

The MAC address is the unique identifier for each Beacon. The MAC address is printed on labels on the back and side of each Beacon.

If a Beacon has been named, the Beacon name will appear under the MAC address.

Click a Beacon's MAC address to see its detail page.

TYPE

Beacons can be either a Location Beacon or a Proximity Beacon.

Location Beacons are used to locate your visitors on the map.

Proximity Beacons are used to send push notifications to your visitors.

BAT

The BAT column shows estimated Beacon battery charge levels using battery icons that show different power levels.

The battery icon is green when the Beacon battery has greater than 50% charge.

When a Beacon battery has less than 50% charge, the battery icon will turn red.

Click the BAT column header to sort by battery charge level in ascending order. Click it again to sort in descending order.

POWER

For Proximity Beacons, the POWER column displays the Beacon broadcasting power level.

A Proximity Beacon's power level can be adjusted using the Beacons app and the Beacons Management Beacon Detail screen.

LAST HEARD

The LAST HEARD column shows the last time a Beacon pinged the Editor.

If a Beacon has a date that's much older than the other Beacons, it's a strong indication that something may be wrong with that Beacon.

Click the LAST HEARD column to sort by the Last Heard time in ascending order. Click it again to sort in descending order.

If the LAST HEARD field is blank, it means the Editor hasn't ever heard from the Beacon.

Filtering the Beacons List

The Beacons list can be filtered in three different ways.

Filter by Map

Filtering by map will limit the Beacons list to show only those Beacons on the selected map.

Under Filters, click the Select Level dropdown, and then click the name of the map you'd like to use as a filter.

Click None to remove the the map filter.

Filter by Location

Filtering by LOCATION will limit the Beacons List to Location Beacons.

Under Filters, click the LOCATION button.

Filter by Proximity

Filtering by PROXIMITY will limit the Beacons List to Proximity Beacons.

Under Filters, click the PROXIMITY button.

Remove Filters

If you want to remove your filters, click Clear All Filters.

Getting to Beacon Detail

When you want more information about a specific Beacon or you want to change a Beacon's values, click a Beacon's MAC address to go to that Beacon's Detail screen.

You can do this on the Map or List views.

Beacon Detail

The Beacon Detail content is different, depending on whether you're looking at a Location or a Proximity Beacon.

The Location Beacon details show the Beacon name, the type, the MAC address, and the major/minor values.

The Proximity Beacon details show the Beacon name, the type, the power level, the MAC address, and the major/minor values.

When the Editor has received information from a Beacon, the Beacons Detail also shows last heard information, hardware type, battery level, and RSSI signal strength.

The Beacon Details page shows all of the Beacon List information plus the Beacon's UUID.

Click Edit to change name and type. For Proximity Beacons, you can change the power level.

You can only edit a Beacon's type and power level if the Editor has heard from that Beacon.

Return to the Beacon List

On the Beacon Details page, to go back to the Beacon List, in the breadcrumb trail, click Beacons.

Editing a Beacon's Configuration

After you edit a Beacon's configuration, click Save to propagate those changes to that Beacon.

When a Beacon change has been saved, the Beacon change will go into a Staged Update until the change propagates out to the physical Beacon. It usually takes about 10 minutes for a configuration change to be completed.

When a staged update is pending, click the trashcan button to cancel the change.

Editing Major and Minor Values

It is not possible to edit a Beacon's major and minor values.

Changing the Beacon Type

A Beacon can have a type of either Location or Proximity.

Click the TYPE dropdown, and then click the new type.

When you set a Beacon to Proximity, make sure the Beacon POWER level is set to the value you'd like to use.

When you're done, click Save.

Changing the Beacon Power Level

The Beacon power level controls the Beacon's broadcast strength. Values range from 0 to 14.

When you're done, click Save.

Beacons List with Map

When you mouseover the MAC address of a Beacon, that Beacon is highlighted on the map.

Click a Beacon icon to go to that Beacon's detail page.

Search by Beacon MAC or Name

On the Beacons List with Map, you can search for specific Beacons by MAC address or user-assigned Beacon name.

As you search for a Beacon by MAC or name, the Beacons map and list filter out the Beacons that don't match that search term.

Enable Beacons Management

In order for your Beacons to communicate with the Meridian server, you'll need them to communicate with your Aruba wireless network.

To enable Beacons Management, in the Meridian Editor sidebar, click Beacons.

To the left of the List and Map buttons, click the Settings gear button. Click Enable Beacons Management.

This generates the Access Token you'll need to configure your Aruba wireless network so that your access points will recognize your Beacons and communicate with the Meridian Editor.

Only organization-level users can generate access tokens.

Beacon Changesets

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When Beacons Management is enabled in the Meridian Editor, a location's wireless network will start to report current Beacon status to the Editor.

When a change is made to a Beacon's type or power level using the Editor and a user clicks Save, that changeset is staged. When an Aruba wireless network picks up that changeset, it then sends it to an AP connected to the Editor that's currently observing the Beacon. When the changeset is picked up by the Aruba wireless network, the status changes from Staged to Pending.

The changeset is completed when the AP successfully updates the Beacon with the new settings.

On the Editor's Beacon Management detail page for the changed Beacon, it will show "Staged Beacon Update" or "Pending Beacon Update".

The Created line shows when the Beacon changeset was staged on the Editor. The Pending lines show how long it's been since the Beacon changeset was sent to the Aruba wireless network.

It tends to take about 5 minutes for a Beacon's changeset to be completed. If the Pending time is much longer than that, there may a network connectivity issue preventing your Aruba wireless network from connecting to the Editor. Alternately, a stale changeset may simply be a single Beacon that can't be observed by an AP.