Instructions for iOS Beta Testers (Virtual Station, IFTTT, & API)
CANDY HOUSE's Virtual Station app can only be downloaded through Apple TestFlight. With Virtual Station, you can turn your spare iOS device into a Wi-Fi Access Point equivalent, allowing you to access your Sesame smart lock remotely via the internet instead of only through Bluetooth. You'll also be able to use additional integrations such as IFTTT and our cloud API.
To get a download code for Virtual Station, we'd like to invite you to join our iOS Beta Testing Program! Simply fill out the form and you should receive TestFlight invitations to install the beta Sesame and Virtual Station apps within 1-2 days. If you don't receive the emails after a few days, check your spam folder for an email from TestFlight or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you manually. Be sure to email us if you have any feedback about the app so we can fix the bugs!
To use Virtual Station, you will need to place an iOS device running iOS 8.0 or later with internet access and Bluetooth 4.0 functionality within Bluetooth range (33 feet or 10 meters) of your Sesame. This device will then allow you to access Sesame remotely instead of being limited by Bluetooth range.
Note: Only the owner of Sesame will be able to pair Sesame to Virtual Station, and that only owners and managers will be able to connect to Virtual Station and Sesame via Wi-Fi (using either the TestFlight or App Store version of the Sesame app). Guests can only connect to Sesame via Bluetooth.
IMPORTANT: Do not install Virtual Station and Sesame on the same device! This can lead to your Sesame app connecting to the wrong Virtual Station and not being able to connect to Sesame. Please install only the Sesame app on your primary phone and keep Virtual Station on your spare device.
Here's how to start using Virtual Station to connect to your Sesame remotely:
- You will need to install Virtual Station on the spare iOS device you plan to pair with your Sesame, and you will need to install the TestFlight version of the Sesame app on your current iPhone (you can use the App Store version of Sesame if you're not planning to enable cloud integration).
- Once you have done so, make sure your spare iOS device has Bluetooth on, is within Bluetooth range of your Sesame (33 feet or 10 meters), and has internet access.
- Login to the Virtual Station app on your spare iOS device with the owner account for the Sesame to be paired.
- Click on the plus sign to add a new Virtual Station.
- Assign a name to your Virtual Station.
- Click on the plus sign under the named Virtual Station to pair your Sesame.
- Select your Sesame from the list and then click "Done" to confirm.
- Make sure your current iPhone has internet access. Open your Sesame app and you should be able to connect to your Sesame even without Bluetooth on.
Once you've completed the steps above, you should be able to connect remotely as long as your paired iPhone remains within Bluetooth range, has internet access, and does not run out of power. We recommend that the Virtual Station app be kept running in the foreground to avoid suspension by iOS, but it should also be able to work in the background for a limited period of time as well. You can consider putting your Virtual Station device into kiosk mode through Guided Access or Single App Mode for best results.
If you run into any issues with the TestFlight apps, we’d appreciate it if you email us at email@example.com to let us know! It’s important to us to log and fix bugs as quickly as we can as we continue to add and test new features, so we’re really grateful to those of you providing timely feedback on each build. In addition to bug reports we’d also like to know if the new features we’ve added are working correctly, so we’d also love to hear from you if everything is working great!
Once you have Virtual Station set up, you’ll be able to beta test IFTTT as well if you are the Owner of your Sesame. Make sure you’re connected to Sesame, then allow IFTTT access to Sesame by toggling cloud integration in your TestFlight Sesame app here:
Next, go to Sesame's IFTTT page and click Connect. You will then be prompted to login with the owner account email and password to grant IFTTT access to your account.
Once you've connected Sesame to IFTTT, congratulations! You're ready to turn on your first Sesame applet. You'll be able to integrate Sesame with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as set up your own applets depending on your personal preferences. Please note that you will need Virtual Station powered on and connected to the internet and your Sesame to be able to turn on and run IFTTT applets.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any feedback about Virtual Station or IFTTT, whether you’re encountering issues or everything is working as expected. We value your opinion and will be working hard to continue improving Sesame!
Similarly, you will need to have Virtual Station set up and running on a spare iOS device in order to use API. You will need to enable cloud integration in your TestFlight Sesame app to enable API for your Sesame. Please note that only the owner of Sesame can enable API for Sesame.
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