API for btshell app

“btshell” is one of the sample applications that come with Mynewt. It is a shell application which provides a basic interface to the host-side of the BLE stack. “btshell” includes all the possible roles (Central/Peripheral) and they may be run simultaneously. You can run btshell on a board and issue commands that make it behave as a central or a peripheral with different peers.

btshell is a new application that uses shell subsystem introduced in Mynewt 1.1 and has updated commands and parameters names. Thanks to support for tab completion commands names are more descriptive and self-explanatory without requiring extensive typing.

Highlighted below are some of the ways you can use the API to establish connections and discover services and characteristics from peer devices. For descriptions of the full API, go to the next sections on GAP API for btshell and GATT feature API for btshell.

Set device address.

On startup, btshell has the following identity address configuration:

  • Public address: None

  • Random address: None

The below set commands can be used to change the address configuration:

set addr_type=public addr=<device-address>
set addr_type=random addr=<device-address>

For example:

set addr_type=public addr=01:02:03:04:05:06
set addr_type=random addr=c1:aa:bb:cc:dd:ee

The address configuration can be viewed with the show-addr command, as follows:

public_id_addr=01:02:03:04:05:06 random_id_addr=c1:aa:bb:cc:dd:ee

Initiate a direct connection to a device

In this case, your board is acting as a central and initiating a connection with another BLE device. The example assumes you know the address of the peer, either by scanning for available peers or because you have set up the peer yourself.

connect peer_addr=d4:f5:13:53:d2:43
connection established; handle=1 our_ota_addr_type=0 our_ota_addr=0a:0b:0c:0d:0e:0f out_id_addr_type=0 our_id_addr=0a:0b:0c:0d:0e:0f peer_addr_type=0 peer_addr=43:d2:53:13:f5:d4 conn_itvl=40 conn_latency=0 supervision_timeout=256 encrypted=0 authenticated=0 bonded=0

The handle=1 in the output indicates that it is connection-1.

Configure advertisements to include device name

In this case, your board is acting as a peripheral.

With Extended Advertising enabled (should be executed after advertise-configure):

advertise-set-adv-data name=<your-device-name>

With Extended Advertising disabled:

set-adv-data name=<your-device-name>

Begin sending undirected general advertisements

In this case, your board is acting as a peripheral.

With Extended Advertising enabled:

advertise-configure connectable=1 legacy=1 scannable=1

With Extended Advertising disabled:

advertise conn=und discov=gen

Discover and display peer’s services, characteristics, and descriptors.

This is how you discover and then display the services of the peer you established earlier across connection-1.

gatt-discover-full conn=1
[ts=132425ssb, mod=64 level=2] CONNECTION: handle=1 addr=d4:f5:13:53:d2:43
[ts=132428ssb, mod=64 level=2]     start=1 end=5 uuid=0x1800
[ts=132433ssb, mod=64 level=2]     start=6 end=16 uuid=0x1808
[ts=132437ssb, mod=64 level=2]     start=17 end=31 uuid=0x180a
[ts=132441ssb, mod=64 level=2]     start=32 end=65535 uuid=00000000-0000-1000-1000000000000000

Write to an attribute belonging to the peer

gatt-write conn=1 attr=3 value=0x01:0x02:0x03

Perform a passive scan

This is how you tell your board to listen to all advertisements around it. The duration is specified in ms.

scan duration=1000 passive=1 filter=no_wl