V5000 Smartbadge Properties Configuration

This section lists the Smartbadge properties that you can configure using the BPE on your V5000 Smartbadge.

Enter information or check the following Smartbadge properties:
Fields Description
Profiles
Selected Profiles Specifies the name of the profile you have selected to control general behavior. You must use the profiles.txt files for environments that require more than one wireless profile in a dynamic campus-type setting.
Create Profile Allows you to create a new profile to control general behavior.
General Settings
Server IP Address*

Specifies the IP address of the computer that runs the Vocera Voice Server. This is a required field.

Use dotted-decimal notation to specify this value. For example, 192.168.3.7.

If you are configuring a cluster, enter the IP address of each machine in the cluster, separated by commas, with no spaces.

Note: Do not enter more than four comma-separated IP addresses. The Vocera Voice Server supports a maximum of four cluster nodes.
SSID*

Specify an SSID other than vocera (all lower-case) for your production server. Badges are factory-programmed to use the vocera SSID to establish a wireless connection to the configuration computer that you have set up for your Vocera system.

Display Group Mode

Check Display Group Mode field to ensure noise-canceling microphones are turned off while users are on a call. Group Mode widens the speech zone, allowing additional people to speak into the primary microphone of the Smartbadge.

Uncheck this option if you want to eliminate background noise when you are on a call.

Display Bluetooth Settings Check the Display Bluetooth Settings box to display the Bluetooth configuration menu on the Smartbadge.
Security Settings
Authentication Type
Open Specifies that your wireless network does not require authentication.
WPA-PSK Specifies that your wireless network uses the WiFi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key protocol for authentication.
WPA-EAP Specifies that your wireless network uses the Wiki Protected Access Extensible Authentication Protocol for authentication. If this authentication type is set, EAP method options appear.
FT-PSK Specifies that your wireless network uses the Fast Transition Pre-Shared Key protocol for authentication.
FT-EAP Specifies that your wireless network uses the Fast Transition Extensible Authentication Protocol for authentication. If this authentication type is set, EAP Method options appear.
WPA-PSK-SHA256 Specifies that your wireless network uses the WiFi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key protocol with SHA-256 cryptographic hash functions for authentication.
WPA-EAP-SHA256 Specifies that your wireless network uses the WiFi Protected Access Extensible Authentication Protocol with SHA-256 cryptographic hash functions for authentication.
 

If Authentication Type is set to WPA-PSK, FT-PSK, WPA-PSK-SHA256, and WPA-EAP-SHA256, the pre-shared field appears. The pre-shared key that the badge supplies for authentication is a 64-character, hexadecimal value.

EAP Method
TLS Specifies that your wireless network uses Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security for authentication.
PEAP Specifies that your wireless network uses the WiFi Protected Access Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol for authentication. The provisioning field displayed are:
  • PEAP V0
  • PEAP V1
FAST Specifies that your wireless network uses Extensible Authentication Protocol-Flexible Authentication through Secure Tunneling for authentication. EAP-FAST authentication enables you to select between automatic or manual PAC provisioning. The provisioning field displayed are:
  • Disabled/manual
  • Unauthenticated
  • Authenticated
  • Unauthenticated and Authenticated
LEAP Specifies that your wireless network implements the Cisco LEAP protocol for authentication.
Encryption Type The encryption type available is
  • AES-CCMP—Specifies your network uses AES-CCMP as defined by WPA2
Username and Password*

Enter appropriate values in the Username and Password fields if your network uses if your network uses either LEAP, WPA-PEAP, or EAP-FAST authentication with TKIP-WPA encryption.

If your network uses EAP-TLS authentication with external certificates (instead of the Vocera Manufacturer Certificates), enter a value for the Username field but not the Password field. Otherwise, skip both these fields.

Each badge on a Vocera Voice Server must use the same username and password. The username format depends on the requirements set by the RADIUS authentication server. For example, when you use LEAP with Cisco ACS and Windows Active Directory, enter domain \ userid in the Username field, where domain is a Windows domain name and userid identifies the user. Other RADIUS servers may require the username only.

The password value is case sensitive. You can use initial or embedded spaces in either of these values; trailing spaces cause an error message when the values are saved.

The badge supports a maximum of 128 alphanumeric characters for the Username and 32 alphanumeric characters for the Password. In addition, the badge supports the following characters for LEAP passwords:

^ # ! * @ % & $
Note: If you are using EAP-FAST authentication and you change the username or password values, you must also generate a new PAC file. With manual PAC provisioning, you must generate a new PAC file on the Cisco ACS and copy it to the Vocera Voice Server and the Vocera configuration computer. With automatic PAC provisioning, you must restore the factory settings on the badge and reconfigure it. When the badge reconnects, it retrieves the new PAC file automatically from the ACS.
Wireless Settings
Wireless Band Select the wireless bands used by the V5000 Smartbadge:
  • ABG—Uses all 802.11 wireless bands (a, b, and g) at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This is the default setting.
  • A—Uses the 802.11a wireless band at 5 GHz.
  • BG—Uses the 802.11b and 802.11g wireless bands at 2.4 GHz.
    Note: 802.11n and 802.11ac are enabled by default on the Vocera device. If the infrastructure does not support 802.11n or 802.11ac, the device radio automatically falls back to use legacy 802.11abg protocol.
2.4 GHz Channels

Set to Defaults (1, 6, 11)

Specifies the option to force badges to scan the three non-overlapping 2.4 GHz channels of 1, 6, and 11.

Specify Channels

Specifies the option to specify up to four arbitrary channels to scan.

If the access points on your network are set either to four channels, three channels, or to fewer than three channels other than 1, 6, and 11, select Specify Channels and enter the specific channel numbers in a comma-separated list.

Ensure that you specify only channels that are supported for your locale.

802.11d Check 802.11d box if you are in a country where systems that use other standards in the 802.11 family are not allowed to operate.
802.11k Check 802.11k box to discover the best available access point. Vocera recommends enabling this option to advertise channels of both the band.
OKC

Check OKC box to enable authentication technique between multiple APs in a network when APs are under common administrative control.

802.11w Check 802.11w box to support protected management frames.

The options available are:

  • Disable
  • Optional
  • Mandatory
Note: It is difficult to troubleshoot security of encryption-related issues if the management frames are encrypted. So, you have the option to disable it or make it optional.

Enable 802.11w for WPA2-PSK-SHA256 profile to work.

2.4 GHz Channels
Set To Defaults (1,6,11) Specifies the option to force V5000 Smartbadges to scan 5 GHz channels of
Specify Channels

Specifies the option to specify up to four arbitrary channels to scan.

If the access points on your network are set either to four channels, three channels, or to fewer than three channels other than 1, 6, and 11, select Specify Channels and enter the specific channel numbers in a comma-separated list.

Ensure that you specify only channels that are supported for your locale.

5 GHz Channels
Set to Defaults (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 144, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165) Specifies the option to force V5000 Smartbadges to scan 5 GHz channels of 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 144, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165.
Specify Channels

Specifies the option to specify up to four arbitrary channels to scan.

If the access points on your network are set either to four channels, three channels, or to fewer than three channels other than 1, 6, and 11, select Specify Channels and enter the specific channel numbers in a comma-separated list.

Ensure that you specify only channels that are supported for your locale.

Roaming Policy Specifies how quickly a badge searches for an access point when signal quality drops. Higher values cause a badge to search sooner and may correct problems with choppy audio. However, a badge cannot send or receive audio packets while searching for an access point, as communication may be interrupted. Lower values allow a badge to tolerate lower signal quality before searching. The optimal threshold value varies from one 802.11 network to another, depending on how the network is configured. Select a value from 1 to 5. The default value is 3.
Custom Settings
V5.EnableConsoleLog Specifies the option to enable or disable console log. Set the value to FALSE.
V5.MinimumVolume [0-6] Specifies the option to enable volume to be set to 0 for all incoming calls, pages, alerts, and messages.
V5.EventDisplayActivate Specifies the option to activate display notification based on incoming events. If the "Raise to Wake" option is also enabled on your Smartbadge, the badge property V5.EventDisplayActivate directly opens the notification. The default value of the property is true.
V5.EnableHotwordLedIndication Specifies the option to enable or disable LED indication when hotword detection is active, and the screen is turned off. Set the value to TRUE to enable LED indication. Set the value to FALSE to disable LED indication.
V5.ForceIGMPVersion Specifies the option for the Smartbadge to negotiate IGMP version to be used in the network. Default version is 3 and is backward compatible with version 1 and version 2.
v5._EnableDigitalHS_ Specifies the option for the Smartbadge to detect or not detect the USB-C Digital headset. The default value is false. Analog headsets continue to work as before regardless of the digital headset property.
V5.EnableHotword Specifies the option to enable the voice command "OK Vocera" to initiate a Genie call. When the option is enabled, the V5000 Smartbadge listens for a spoken phrase. When that phrase is detected, the V5000 initiates a call to the Genie. The default value of the property is false.
V5.DirectCallEnabled Specifies the option to enable direct calling. Set the value to true to enable direct calling. The default value of the property is false.
V5.Enable80211v Specifies the option to enable 802.11v on the Smartbadge to trigger it to respond to roam requests transmitted by the WLAN infrastructure. The default value of the property is false.
V5.ChannelsToScan Specifies the list of channels to be scanned in 2.4GHz and 5GHz band together. Use this property to specify scan channels. If you do not specify channel numbers all the channels are automatically scanned. Vocera recommends using this badge property for scanning. For example: 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161, and 165.