Lopy - picking up MAC address from Ibeacon
After an extensive search on the forum (I might be a horrible searcher, or the forum search mechanisms might be sloppy - I don't know), I didn't find anything that enlightened me on my issue:
I have 4 Ibeacon BLE devices that I want to detect with a single lopy unit using bluetooth.
All I need is their RSSI, and since printing out the bluetooth.get_adv shows me something that looks like a MAC address as the first thing, I thought that reckognizing the beacons on that would be the most straightforward approach. I might be wrong..
The printed MAC address looks something like this: b'FS\xbd\x8c\xd2\x11' (this is just one of many), but the MAC address on my beacons look like this: ED:BE:D4:8D:0B:87
What are these different formats ? Especially the first one I find hard to identify. And how would one go about converting it into something like the second one?
Thanks a bunch <3
The MAC address printed on your beacons is just a nicely formatted version in hexadecimal of the 6 byte address. What you get from Python are the actual 6 bytes themselves (hence the b' at the start) and when you print them they get turned into the correspond ASCII characters for that value (or \xYY if it's not a printable character)
You can use the binascii.hexlify function to turn each of those bytes into hexadecimal and make a string which is closer to what you have. For example your b'FS\xbd\x8c\xd2\x11'
>>> import binascii >>> binascii.hexlify(b'FS\xbd\x8c\xd2\x11') b'4653bd8cd211'
So this address is 46:53:bd:8c:d2:11
Of course you can split into pairs, add the colons and make all letters uppercase too using standard string manipulation.