barcode reader

Leslie S.

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I am currently using Fullcalc, but have never used all of its capabilities. I would like to start using the barcode reading feature and I asked a tech about it but the answer was over my head. I did gather that first I'll need a barcode reader/wand. Where do I go to get this? Are they generic, like "mice" (mouses?)in that almost any brand will work, or do I need a specific type? What kind of port does it hook up to? Any suggestions or things to watch out for? I figure this is a step in the right direction....next will come the part about how to assign sku numbers but as it is early I don't want a headache so early in the day! :D

Thanks,
Leslie (trying desperately to be more computer savy)
 

Melissa C.

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When I was trying out different software I bought a modified CueCat bar code wand off Ebay. Obviously I didn't want to spend a lot of money.
The CueCat read all the barcodes on the back of my mat samples (and lots of barcodes off of things in my cabinets the first day!). I don't know how the 'fancy' barcode wands work, but this one plugged into the mouse port and had an extra wire for the mouse to plug into.

. . . probably not a whole lot of help, but I just figured if a CueCat would work, maybe *any* barcode wand will work.
 

Lance E

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There are two connection types that I am aware of, Keyboard Wedge (Keyboard, Serial or PS2) and a COM port connection. They are very easy to install and often do not even require drivers, this will be dependent on the software you have. If you would like advise on creating a SKU/PLU system please e-mail me and I will pass on what I have learned, there are many things I would have done differently from day one.
 

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Leslie,
There are a variety of different barcode scanners/readers on the market. We find that the wide mouth scanner works better than the pen or wand which has difficulty reading some barcodes tucked into metal frames.
A Laser scanner is generally more expensive than a CCD scanner. However, both perform well.
Your barcode reader will come with software so that you can program the scanner to tab or enter after reading the barcode number. The instructions on how to do this will be included with your barcode reader.

Here are several websites you may want to visit:
http://posworld.com/barcodreadop.html
http://www.waspbarcode.com/ccd.asp
http://www.systemid.com/barcode_scanners/

All the best to you,
 

Leslie S.

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Carol,
Thanks for the links, the first one had a very good explanation of how barcodes work and was really informative.
 
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