Working with LTE Beacon using the Web IDE
This tutorial contains basic step-by-step instructions on how to work with Estimote LTE Beacon using the Web IDE. For a more advanced guide, please check out our developer docs Getting Started with Estimote LTE Beacon article.
Accessing the Web IDE
First, open your browser and log in to your Estimote Cloud Account. Google Chrome works best, but any Web Bluetooth compatible browser will do.
Once logged in, head to the LTE Beacons section. You can access it in the top-left corner of the interface:
Make sure that you see your beacons and that their batteries are charged:
In order to access the Web IDE, head to the IoT apps menu. You can do that by pressing and then
You’ll have the option to choose an existing template or create an app from scratch.
Here, you can choose a name for the app, as well as provide a description.
Once you’re happy with your choice, press
You’ll be transported to the Estimote IDE. This is where you can connect to, and program the beacon.
Connecting to LTE Beacon
To connect to your LTE Beacon, press
The Web IDE connection panel will pop up in a new window, prompting you to choose the beacon you want to connect to.
To find your beacon on the list press the Beacon’s main button.
Back in the connection panel, an exclamation mark* will appear at the end of the Beacons ID:
*Note that this function only works on MacOS; if you're using Windows, the IDs will show up in a slightly different format, and no exclamation mark will appear.
Press to confirm the connection.
The Beacons details will appear in the Beacon Settings section.
A confirmation should appear in the Live Event Log:
The 3 LEDs on the side of the Beacon should also light up.
Editing and Saving Micro-app and Cloud code
Now you'll be able to modify the Micro-app, (upper panel) to the Beacon, as well as create a Cloud-app (bottom panel) to handle any events sent by the LTE Beacon.
Once the Micro-app code is ready, press to apply the changes and upload the Micro-app to the Beacon. Alternatively, you can press ⌘+S on your keyboard.
To save the Cloud Code, press . The shortcut ⌘+S works here, too.
You now know the basics of working with the Estimote Web IDE, and are set to start working on your first Micro-app!
For more information on how to work with the IDE and related subjects, please check the resources available in our developer portal. Pressing one of the icons in the Web IDE will also transport you to the relevant section of our dev docs.