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FAQ'S

What are the various WiSnap setup methods?

The WiSnap can be set up using two methods; connected via RS-232 to a computer (PC or Mac) or using the WiSnap Setup App for iOS. If you use a computer to set up the WiSnap, SerialIO recommends using a terminal tool like TeraTerm or CoolTerm—please avoid HyperTerm as issues have been documented using this tool. Configuration for the WiSnap is extensive and a working knowledge of network configuration is highly advised. See the WiSnap User Guide for full details. 

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What is WiSnap?

WiSnap dongles are used to Wi-Fi enable RS-232 devices. The WiSnap is a Wi-Fi certified 802.11 b/g solution incorporating a 2.4GHz radio, processor, Full TCP/IP stack, real-time clock, FTP, DHCP, DNS and web server. WiSnap is available in models using AAA battery power or external power.

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What’s the difference between active and passive RFID tags?

RFID tags are composed of several components—a micro-chip, a substrate (e.g., Mylar or plastic coating), and an antenna, which is attached to the micro-chip. The primary difference between active and passive RFID tags is that active tags incorporate a built-in power supply, while passive tags use the power from the electromagnetic wave from the RFID reader to send its data to the reader. Apart from this primary distinction, you’ll find more in-depth differences in the table below.   Active Tags Passive Tags Power Powered by internal source (e.g., battery or solar

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What are anti-metal RFID tags?

Anti-metal tags are specialized RFID tags that can be read from conductive surfaces, such as metal (something that regular tags can’t do). Learn more about anti-metal (aka on-metal) tags,  and contact serialio to speak with an RFID specialist.

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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 learn more about NFC, click here.

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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.

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How can I reset my scanner?

Scanfob Brand barcode scanners (Scanfob 2002/2005/2006/3002i/4000)— Hold down BOTH the large and small buttons on the Scanfob simultaneously for 30 seconds. You will see a red LED and hear a single-tone beep upon completion. Scanfob BB2 scanners (Scanfob Ultra-BB2/NFC-BB2) — Hold down the power button for six seconds. If your device is still unresponsive, let the battery drain completely and then charge it and try again. Scanfob qID Mini — Hold down BOTH buttons simultaneously for six seconds, then release.

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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 scan environment? Office, warehouse, outdoors?♦ What type of barcodes will you be scanning? 1D or 2D or both?♦ Do you need scan barcodes from a screen, i.e. scan a barcode displayed on a mobile screen?♦ What is your

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