Flex works with most barcode scanners. We do, however, recommend certain models (see Scanner and Printer Recommendations).
Flex is programmed to recognize certain configuration rules from a barcode scanner. First, the scanner sends the "Shift+6" key (^), which is what tells Flex to put the cursor into the barcode input box. Then the scanner sends the barcode, followed by the "Enter" key. This configuration allows you to scan items in Flex without having to manually put the cursor in the barcode input box for every scan.
Barcode scanners need to be configured with a rule sheet to work with Flex as described above.
Scanning the Configuration Rules
Each barcode scanner has different configuration rules. Some barcode manufacturers use similar configuration rules for different models, but not all.
The most popular barcode scanner is the Motorola LI4278. To configure the LI4278 (and several other similar Motorola models), use the following scanner configuration sheet:
Scan each barcode in the order printed on the configuration sheet. After configuring the barcode scanner, you might have to re-pair the scanner to the base station per manufacturer instructions.
There are dozens of other scanners that can be used with Flex. The configuration rules for many other barcode scanners can be found on the Flex Forum: http://forum.flexrentalsolutions.com/index.php?topic=51.0
If you can't find a configuration sheet for your barcode scanner, you can email the barcode scanner manufacturer and inform them that you need programming rules for the scanner that do the following:
- Send the "Shift+6" key (^)
- Send the barcode
- Send the "Enter" key