In this article we are going to run through the introductory steps you'll probably want to follow when you first receive your Beacons and Gateways.
As soon as you receive your beacon package from the delivery service, you can begin using your beacons straight out of the box. Kontakt.io beacons come with batteries installed, and will already be operating.
Note: the battery we use in our Beacons is CR2477 coin cell, which will last up to 2 years – assuming 'always on' usage with the default settings. If you need to get new batteries for your Kontakt.io beacons, they should always be available in your local electronics store.
If you have ordered Gateways, you will need to configure them first. Follow the configuration instructions in the How to set up your Gateway guide.
The Kontakt.io Panel
The Web Panel allows you to configure and manage your Beacons, Locations and Users.
Creating an account
The first time you access the Web Panel, you'll need to create an account. If you have troubles creating an account in Web Panel please check our guide: How to create an account in Kontakt.io Panel for the first time.
Once you created an account in Web Panel, you can login to your account on our Panel sign in page.
Then you will see the startup screen.
Creating your first Location
Locations are an area (amount of space) derived from an physical location, that can be used to group those beacons that belong to a given space.
You can create your first location by going to Locations -> Locations List and click on the Add location button.
Add the name for your location, and the optional description as preferred. Then select the Create Location button to create it.
Now we have a Venue created, we can start adding Beacons to it.
Assigning Beacons to your Location
To assign beacons to your location click on the 'Assign devices' button.
You'll see a list of all your Beacons and Gateways that have not yet been assigned to a Location. This could be a long list! You can use the Advanced search to filter your devices by ID, Order Id, Proximity, Major, Minor, etc...
To assign your Beacons to a Location.
- Select the Beacons you want to add to your Location by clicking the checkbox for each.
- Click the "Assign" drop down menu.
- Click the "Assign to Location" button. This will automatically assign the selected devices to your newly created location.
You can read more about Web panel functionality in the following articles:
Of course, if you want to do anything practical with your Beacons, you'll need a smartphone armed with the right software. Check out our Showcase Android application: