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What is MFi?

Bluetooth MFi is Apple’s licensing program for hardware and software specific to their iDevices. MFi, or Made for iOS (iPod/iPhone/iPad), in hardware like the Scanfob® 3002i denotes a special Bluetooth connection mode called IAP. IAP is similar to SPP on Android — which allows a peripheral device to connect as a virtual COM port. This capability allows software developers to interface peripherals directly with …

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What’s the difference between Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth SPP (BLE vs SPP)?

Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth SPP are both Bluetooth profiles (sometimes called “pairing modes”). One practical difference between the two aforementioned Bluetooth profiles is the pairing process. Bluetooth SPP typically requires you to pair with the host operating system (through Bluetooth settings), then with the individual application (such as SerialMagic Gears or Cloud-In-Hand Mobile Grid). On the …

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What are control characters?

Control characters are characters that do not representable a printable character but instead serves to initiate a specific action. There are various types of control characters, including printing control characters, data structuring control characters, and transmission control characters—many of which are often used in the prefix or suffix configurations of barcode and RFID scanners. Some applications, such …

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What is UHF?

UHF (Ultra High Frequency) is the Internation Telecommunications Union‘s designation for radio frequency identification in the range between 300 MHz and 3 GHz. The UHF frequency range is further allocated for various purposes that vary by geographical location (see the Wikipedia page for UHF for more information on UHF frequency allocations). UHF is used for …

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What is NFC?

NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication. NFC is a fairly recent ‘labeling’ for a subset of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for short-range, wireless protocols. It’s most commonly used for close-range applications (hence the “near field”). NFC has some features that distinguish it from other forms of RFID, such as the capacity for bidirectional peer-to-peer communication.  To …

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What is RFID?

RFID (Radio-frequency identification) is a term used to refer to technology that uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify people, livestock, assets, and more. To learn more about RFID, see our article on the topic here.

Which scanner should I choose? A Barcode Scanner Buyer’s Guide

Why Consider Purchasing a Barcode Scanner? Barcodes and barcode scanners have long been used for decades for quick, easy and error-free data collection. Now, with modern wireless Bluetooth scanners, and their compatibility mobile devices like Android and iOS, barcode scanning is easier than ever. What Should You Consider When Selecting A Barcode Scanner? ♦ What is your …

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