Friday, August 14, 2009

Programming the Symbol LS2208 Barcode Scanner

Many of our customers use the Symbol LS2208 barcode scanner. Here's how to setup and use your new scanner for use with Mosaic Vivarium.

The scanner comes with a "Quick Start Guide". If you lost yours, you can get a new copy from here (search for your model on the support site).

  • Plug the scanner into your laptop computer.
  • Find the section of the Quick Start Guide that looks like this:

  • Press the trigger to scan the barcode labeled "HID KEYBOARD EMULATION".

  • Next, find the section that looks like this:

  • Scan these three barcodes in order, 1,2,3.

That's it. The scanner is ready to use.

If you've never used a barcode scanner before, just think of it this way: the scanner is a means of entering a number (series of characters) into the computer without having to type it.

Try this:

  • Open Notepad on your computer and put the cursor in the blank space.
  • Scan a barcode from a Vivarium cage card.
You should see the cage number followed by the cursor moving to the next line in the Notepad.

When you are doing a Census with Vivarium, make sure the cursor is in the blue-bordered scan box before you start scanning cage cards.


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Jim Green said...

For the setting of barcode sannner, you can complete it in the terminal, or you can directly write a fixed program in the code to avoid the trouble of later upgrade.