Quick Start Guide to the Physical Web Using PHY.net

These are Quick Start instructions for BKON beacons. If your beacons are from another manufacturer, check that manufacturer’s website to find out how to format for Eddystone-URL, the protocol of the Physical Web. Need phyIDs for your beacons? Get them here or contact us to schedule a demonstration.

Step 1: Create Your Free PHY.net Account

phyID on a BKON Beacon

Look for the 6 character phyID on the side of your beacon.

  1. If you do not already have an account, visit the Sign up page and enter your six character phyID. If you have more than one, just use one to create your account. (You can add your other phyIDs later.)
  2. Check your email for the verification link to get started and create a password.
  3. Once signed in to your my.phy.net account, select your beacon’s phyID on the “My Beacons” page to edit the destination URL or create a custom CoverCard™ and direct your broadcast to anywhere on the web! You can also add notes, set proximity, and assign an alias to your beacon.
    Viewing Range is currently only compatible with the PHY.net Scanner and other Scanner/Browsers which use the PHY.net SDK.

Once your account is created, adding a new beacon is as simple as adding additional phyIDs and setting the destination URLs.

Step 2: Configure Your Beacon

Every beacon brand is different. BKON beacons are ready-to-go. No need for any additional configuration.

If you’re using any other brand, make sure your beacon is configured to broadcast using the Eddystone-URL protocol. Consult your beacon manufacturer’s instructions for details and Eddystone compatibility. Once configured, set your beacon to your unique PHY.net url using this structure “https://phy.net/######” with ###### representing your unique phyID.

Step 3: Download a Compatible Physical Web Browser or Scanner

To see your beacon’s content, you’re going to need a Physical Web Browser or Scanner. We recommend the PHY.net browser for a richer experience, but there are hundreds of millions of Android devices that can already see Physical Web beacons using Google’s built-in Nearby Notifications feature or the Chrome browser.

If you’re on an iPhone, or want a better browsing experience, we have compiled a list of scanners on iOS and Android to choose from. If you select Google Chrome for iOS, you can find a Physical Web configuration tutorial for Chrome here. Configuration directions for Android’s version of Chrome are here.

Once enabled or installed, scan for nearby beacons then tap the link and you’ll be on the Physical Web.