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!
Last updated on 2016-09-14 at 01.44.12 AM Published on 2013-12-04 at 12.56.46 PM