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 their apps. Simulating a virtual COM port means that scans are sent faster and more reliably. Simulated COM ports have the additional benefit of being able to send special characters or information that you would
Bluetooth Pairing Modes Bluetooth LE (BLE), SPP, HID are all Bluetooth profiles (sometimes called “pairing modes”). Why use Bluetooth BLE? On iOS there is MFi mode which is SPP with Apple restrictions, so only approved devices can connect to iOS devices. The main usability difference between the Bluetooth BLE & HID/SPP/MFi, is the pairing process. With Bluetooth HID you must pair with the wireless device via host operating system Bluetooth settings app. With BLE, you can directly and immediately connect from the desired app – and MUCH faster. You can use
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 as SerialMagic Gears allow you to append a control character to scan data at the software level. The table below provides information regarding some of the more common ASCII control characters. Control Character Name Explanation SOH
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 television broadcasting, cell phones, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and RFID business applications that require longer read ranges than lower frequency bands can provide (think livestock tracking and race timing). To learn more about UHF, click here.
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.
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
Barcodes Barcodes have been around for decades. They are versatile with a large variety of uses — especially in retail, manufacturing settings, and in transport and shipping. We’re used to seeing the common barcode printed on packaging at the grocery store or in other retail outlets, like when items are passed over the barcode reader at the checkout counter to ring up a sale. Barcodes not only are valuable at the point of sale but also for managing inventory and raw materials internally so that tracking is done accurately and without