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Short-range wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth or ZigBee represent an important part of the Internet of Things ecosystem.
By design, this category of smart devices has physically limited reachability inside their Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) and are not directly compatible with the TCP/IP stack.
However, users may need to access them from anywhere at any moment.
To address this problem, we design a new application-agnostic approach called RCM (Remote Connection Manager) enabling transparent communication between an application and out-of-range devices.
It creates new IoT use cases by seamlessly mixing remote and local devices.
We implemented an open-source prototype for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology on top of Linux and Android BLE stacks and demonstrated its efficiency through experiments performed on real devices.