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  • Dear all,

    I need to build a POC application which will basically identify itself to different Bluetoth LE beacons that I bought.
    The first question I have is :

    Q1 : If I have my dev pc with a blutooth enable, how can I connect to Blutooth LE device in order then to simulate received message ?

    The POC is to be able to push data to the application when I am in the range of the device.

    Is there any sample around in c# ? could not find really good resource on how to approach this.

    Thanks for your help

    regards

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:26 PM

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  • Hi Wakefun,

    You can use the new RFCOMM and GATT windows runtime APIs to access Bluetooth devices. Before using them, you must be first discovered and paired via the settings UI (Devices > Bluetooth). Please refer to the following link to see more information about Bluetooth device support. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg182882.aspx#four.

    Bluetooth RFCOMM API code sample: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Bluetooth-Rfcomm-Chat-afcee559.

    Bluetooth GATT API code sample: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Bluetooth-Generic-5a99ef95.

    Regards,


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    Monday, September 15, 2014 2:38 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply.

    I have the following beacon device http://estimote.com/ for which they have SDk available only for IOS and Android.

    I need to use such device with my windows phone device running WP8.1. I do not want to pair devices. I need to build an app which can discover the beacon device and then handle as well some proximity stuff.

    Does Windows8.1 and windows phone 8.1 support fully BLE devices ?

    Which of the the link you describe need to be used GATT vs RFCOMM ?

    Sorry I am new to this and have no damned idea where to start

    I have beacon device in hand and my windows phone mobile from which I need to try discover my beacon device from my app

    Thanks for help

    regards

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:26 PM