• Subject: Re: Barcode scanner
  • From: PaulMmn <PaulMmn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 20:13:04 -0400

>Any recommendations for an industrial perfomance barcode scanner and
>AS/400 attached terminal?

We're using equipment from Intermec.  One of Intermec's technicians and I
have just completed configuring the first of several of their DCS300
controllers to talk to our AS/400.

Their system works as follows:  Handheld scanners (laser tag thingies)
communicate to 'antennas.'  The antennae are Ethernet/IP connected to the
local network.  Also Ethernet /IP connected is the DCS300 controller, which
interfaces to the antennae.

The DCS300 controller then talks IP to the AS/400, which issues signon
screens to the itsy-bitsy screens on the scanners (via the controller and
the antennae).

The antennae have the capability of talking directly to each other via RF
in case they lose their network connection.  It's a daisy chain
configuration that works 'somewhat slower' than the direct connections.

We have an older version of their controller in use at several of our
locations.  We've had our share of problems-- sometimes folks at the remote
locations have to wander from antenna to antenna, powering them off to
reset them.  [My personal opinion is that we're getting power glitches, but
I'm not directly involved at the remote sites.]  [Resetting the antennae is
even worse than it sounds-- they're all mounted about 12' up the warehouse
walls to keep stray fingers away.  (:    ]  But, generally, they've given
us good service.

Worth checking out.

--Paul E Musselman

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