nRF Connect for mobile (previously called nRF Master Control Panel)


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Overview

Description

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.
nRF Connect
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More documentation and APK file for Android 4.3 or later and iOS version 9 or later here.

 
Available on App Store
Google Play
 

Features

  • 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
  • Supports Device Firmware Update profile which allows user to upload a new application over-the-air (DFU OTA) from a HEX or Zip file

 

Additional features of nRF Connect for Android only:

  • Parses values of most of known characteristics
  • 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
  • Supports Device Firmware Update (DFU) profile

 

 

Content

Bluetooth low energy functionality requires:

  • Supported on Android version 4.3 or later, iOS version 9 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

 

Known problems:

  • 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.

 

 

 


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