Alternative Barcode Scanning Devices
Bluetooth (see video here)
Bluetooth barcode scanning accessories can ‘pair’ (i.e. wirelessly connect) to both Android and iOS devices. Study the settings on the accessory and then use the device’s Bluetooth settings to pair them.
1. Keyboard Emulation (HID): When the accessory scans a barcode the data read from the barcode will be directly inserted into the codeREADr app’s Manual Entry form field. This mode works with both iOS and Android devices, however with iOS devices the scanning accessory takes over keyboard entry. With Android devices you can scan with the accessory and also enter text from the device’s keyboard.
2. Serial Port Profile (SPP): This mode inserts data faster but needs integration with the app and only works with Android devices. We’ve enabled the SPP mode with Opticon’s OPN2006 and OPN3002i scanners and Socket Mobile Series 7 scanner. [For SPP the Socket Series 7 devices need the DATA MODE to be set up in the RAW MODE. Refer to their instructions.]
USB barcode scanners can connect to PCs, Macs and Chromebooks when using the Chrome Browser. You connect the scanner with the accessory’s drivers. Once connected they will insert scanned data directly into the codeREADr app’s Manual Entry form field. We’ve blogged about this option here.
Mount an iPod, iPhone or iPad Mini directly to Honeywell’s Captuvo barcode scanning sled. It uses a pointer for accuracy and can quickly scan 1D and 2D barcodes. It includes a ruggedized case with battery for extended life. You can also use a Linea Pro barcode scanning sled with or without a pistol grip.
Please contact our support team to see if your iOS or Android sled will work with codeREADr. While we’ve integrated with some devices, most will work using the app’s Manual Entry option without any integration required.
1. If your scanning accessory outputs a Carriage Return after each scan the app user won’t have to hit the app’s Enter key after a scan. Check the settings for your scanner – most include that option if it isn’t already the default.
2. For continuous scanning select Auto Next Scan on the Advanced step when creating/editing your services. You can also enable this in the app’s settings.
3. Also on the Advanced step you can disable the iOS or Android device’s built-in camera. In this way the app user won’t accidentally open the camera for scanning.
The drawback with Bluetooth and USB accessories is the need for two devices. Instead, you may want to consider using our SD PRO scan engine upgrade which uses just the iOS or Android’s built-in camera to scan quickly and accurately.