Thursday, July 1, 2010

Connecting the Symbol LS 4278 Bluetooth Scanner to a Laptop

The LS 4278 is a great option for cord-free barcode scanning. The Kit we recommend has the part number LS4278-TRWU0100ZWR with power supply 50-14000-253R. This kit contains a cradle which connects via USB to the computer. The scanner then communicates via Bluetooth to the cradle which sits next to the computer and relays the data through USB.

You can also purchase a charging-only cradle (with power supply) which does not have the USB connection. In this scenario, you need to Bluetooth-pair the scanner directly with the computer. We have found that his works nicely, but there are some tricks to getting the scanner to reliably pair with the computer.

To pair the scanner directly with the computer, scan the following barcodes from the Symbol LS4278 Quick Reference Guide in order:

Page 6 SET DEFAULTS
Page 13 BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD EMULATION (HID SLAVE)
Page 14 SCAN OPTIONS
<DATA>SUFFIX>
ENTER

Now set your computer to discover devices. The scanner, identified by its serial number, should appear. Wait for the serial number to appear.  Attempt to pair with the device. If a PIN is requested, type 12345.

In most cases, this will work. However, if it does not, then right-click on the discovered scanner icon in the bluetooth devices, choose Properties, click on the services tab, and check the box that enables HID drivers. Your scanner should now pair.

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