Barcode scanners

How does it work?

To scan a barcode, you need to place the cursor of the web browser into the barcode field in boxora, then scan the item. Any scanner described as a "keyboard wedge" scanner will then type the number into the box and hit enter for you. Most scanners are "keyboard wedge", and most will also be set up by default to submit the field (press enter). If not, take a look at your scanner documentation. You can try it out in any field in any application; test your scanner in a text file for example.

Scanner connectivity

There are two main types that you could consider; USB barcode scanner, or Bluetooth barcode scanner. If you're using an iPad, then we recommend the Bluetooth route. There is an option to use the Apple camera USB adapter, but these deliver very little power and won't be enough for most barcode scanners.

If you buy a scanner with 2D imaging then you are more likely to get a successful scan off a damaged barcode since the scanner can pick up parts of the image that are not all on the same line, as they would need to be for a 1D scanner.

Wired scanners

Any barcode scanner that acts as a "keyboard wedge" will work, we have generally recommended something like the Touch 65 if you want a budget infra red scanner (which will be slower than a laser scanner, and sometimes have trouble under bright lights).

Bluetooth scanners

In exactly the same way as wired scanners, any barcode scanner that acts as a "keyboard wedge" (or bluetooth keyboard) will work. The Motorola CS3000 is a great scanner, but there are plenty on the market. Note that if you are using a Bluetooth scanner with an iPad, you will not be able to use the iPad keyboard whilst the Bluetooth keyboard (scanner) is paired. Boxora does not recommend using iPads with scanners for this reason.