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BlueCats Edge Relay Guide

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In the Box

The BlueCats Edge kit contains:

  • BlueCats Edge Bluetooth Scanner and Wireless Access Point
  • Micro-USB cable for power
  • External Bluetooth antenna

Technical Specifications

   
Processor Atheros 9331 CPU @400MHz
Memory / Storage DDR 64MB / FLASH 16MB
Wireless WiFi 2.4 b/g/n, BLE 4.2 (TI CC2640R2)
Transmission Rate 150Mbps
Max Tx Power 18dBm
Protocol 802.11 b/g/n
WAN / LAN 10 / 100 Mbps
Power Input 5V / 1A
Power Consumption <1.5W
Dimension / Weight 58 x 58 x 25 mm / 60g
GPIO Count 4
Working Temperature 0-45°C (32 - 113°F)

Edge Physical

Edge Front

The Edge displays its LEDs and its RP-sma omnidirectional antenna, which can be replaced if you would like to have a an antenna with a different radiation pattern.

The left LED is used for power indication. It should be always on.

The middle LED doesn’t have functions by default.

The right LED indicates the current status of the Wi-Fi. If Wi-Fi is on it should light up. If you have data transmission, it should flash.

Edge LEDs

Edge Side

On the side of the Edge there is a heat vent, a Reset button, a USB port, and a switch (currently has no function).

Edge side

Edge Back

The back of the Edge has a WAN port, which an be PoE (power over Ethernet), a LAN port, and alternatively a micro-USB power port.

Edge back

Edge Bottom

The bottom of the Edge shows the Edge’s MAC Address and SSID, which is what the portal will show up as in your Wi-Fi.

Edge bottom

Connecting to the Edge (With Ethernet)

The easiest way to configure the Edge is to connect it directly to your computer via Ethernet.

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to your computer and to the LAN port of the Edge.
  2. Attach the external Bluetooth antenna.
  3. Plug in the supplied micro-USB cable into the Edge to power up the device. Note that it may take 20-30 seconds to complete startup.
  4. Go to 192.168.8.1.

Connecting to the Edge Through Wi-Fi (Without Ethernet)

Start by plugging the supplied micro-USB cable into the Edge and any USB port to power up the device and attach the external Bluetooth antenna. Note that it may take 20-30 seconds to complete startup.

  1. Look at the bottom of your Edge. There should be an SSID (i.e., bluecats-230).
  2. Check your Wi-Fi connections and find that Wi-Fi Name.
  3. Connect to it.
  4. Go to 192.168.8.1.

Sending your Data (Protocols and Formats)

For sending data to your endpoints. We currently support the data formats:

  • JSON
  • CSV
  • binary-format

We support the protocols:

  • MQTT
  • UDP
  • HTTP

Logging In

Each Edge runs a local web configuration tool to manage both network configuration and BlueCats BLE scanning settings. After your computer has connected to the Edge over Ethernet, navigate to the Edge’s IP address 192.168.8.1 using your web browser.

You will be prompted to log in with the root user credentials.

  • Username: root
  • Password is blank (unset) by default. After logging in without supplying a password, the Web UI will prompt to configure one.

Log in to Edge Web Configuration

Edge Web Interface / Checking your Firmware Version

Once logged in to the web configuration tool you will land on the System Overview screen. Here you can see the Edge firmware version. It should have a firmware version range from (0.2.X-0.4.X). If your Edge’s firmware is out of date or if you want to update it , you should update it following one of the two procedures on the New Firmware page.

Log in to Edge Web Configuration

There are a considerable number of configuration menu items but only a couple will require any changes. All of the options to configure Bluetooth scanning can be found under the ‘BlueCats’ main menu item.

BlueCats Live View

Connecting to Internet via Wi-Fi

The Edge can be configured to send data to another machine on the local Wi-Fi network, or connected to the internet to enable communication to the BlueCats Cloud or to download updated software.

Navigate to Network > Wireless in the main menu and scan for available networks.

Wireless

Join an available network

Join network

Enter network key and submit

Enter key

Save and apply changes

Save and apply changes

Once connected to the local Wi-Fi network, the Edge can be configured to send to an IP address on that network. The Ethernet cable can then be disconnected as the Edge will continue sending data over the local Wi-Fi connection while powered.

Register with BlueCats Cloud

By registering the Edge device with BlueCats cloud, you can monitor uptime and request the latest available firmware.

Navigate to BlueCats > Connect and Manage. If the ‘Device Register Status’ is ‘Registered’ then the Edge device is successfully connected with the BlueCats cloud services.

If the status is ‘Invalid’, then follow the steps below to register the device. Make sure your device is also connected to the internet through either Ethernet or connected to Wi-Fi.

If you have your Edge but don’t yet have a BlueCats account, follow these steps to create an account and claim your devices:

  1. Log in to the BlueCats Web App devices page.

bluecats-login

  1. Find the Edge you are updating under Devices (you can search by the serial number printed on the label of each Edge) and view its details.

  1. Click the Revoke Access Token button.

bluecats-revoke

  1. Go back to the Edge UI and click the Re-Register button.

edge-register

  1. You can test the connectivity to BlueCats Cloud by clicking the Test Connection button. The status will be ‘Unknown’ when there is no connection and ‘Unauthorized’ when not registerd.

Now that your Edge is connected to your local machine or network, you can update the Edge firmware, update BLE module firmware, and start configuring Edge Applications.