This learning guide will show you how you can take your Raspberry Pi (or almost any Linux-based device with a bit of poking and prodding) and turn it into an Beacon node using our Bluetooth 4.0 USB Module and the open source Bluez stack.

What You'll Need

  • A Raspberry Pi (any model should be OK)
  • A Bluetooth 4.0 USB Module (not every module works with Bluez, though ours definitely does!)
  • A iOS 7.0 based device (recent iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) to test with
  • An iBeacon reader app from the App Store to test with (Try Locate Beacon, but any free iBeacon watcher ought to be OK!)


A big thanks to Tony Smith at The Register for putting together his tutorial on configuring Bluez to transmit Beacon data!

This guide was first published on Dec 04, 2013. It was last updated on Dec 04, 2013.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Dec 02, 2013.

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