nRF Connect for mobile (previously called nRF Master Control Panel)
|nRF Connect for mobile, previously known as nRF Master Control Panel, is a powerful generic tool that allows you to scan and explore your Bluetooth® low energy devices and communicate with them. nRF Connect for mobile supports a number of Bluetooth SIG adopted profiles, as well as the Device Firmware Update profile (DFU) from Nordic Semiconductor or Eddystone from Google.||
- Scans for Bluetooth low energy devices
- Parses advertisement data
- Shows RSSI graph
- Connects to any connectable Bluetooth Smart device
- Discovers and parses services and characteristics
- Allows read/write of characteristics
- Allows enable/disable of notifications and indications
- Logs events and method calls
Additional features of nRF Connect for Android only:
- Parses values of most of known characteristics
- Supports Device Firmware Update profile which allows user to upload a new application over-the-air (DFU OTA) from a HEX or Zip file
- GATT server configuration
- Listing paired devices
- Bluetooth low energy Advertising (peripheral role)
- Simultaneous scanning, advertising and maintaining multiple connections
- Full support for Eddystone beacons and iBeacons
Bluetooth low energy functionality requires:
- Supported on Android version 4.3 or later, iOS version 8 or later
- Tested on modern Nexus, Samsung and HTC phones, and all iPhones with Bluetooth low energy support
- DFU mode is compatible with nRF5 devices that have S110 v5.2.1 or newer and the bootloader from nRF5 SDK v4.4.1 or newer
- nRF51822 Development kits can be ordered here
- The nRF5 SDK and S110, S130 or S132 SoftDevice are available online here for developers
- Nexus 4 and 7, and some other phones, notifies only about the first advertising packets from connectable peripherals. The RSSI graph does not show continuous update for them.
- On Nexus 4 and 7 some problems may occur when connecting to devices, especially bondable ones. A Bluetooth sensor reset may be required to fix the problem.
- Nexus 4 and 7 with Android 4.3 do not allow to unbind Bluetooth low energy devices.
- Nexus 4 and 7 with Android 4.4 do not start encryption when connecting to a bonded device. Repairing may be required.