Barcode Scanners FAQ

Below are the most common questions we get asked about Barcode Scanners. If you cant find an answer to your question please feel free to contact us.

What is a Barcode Scanner?

Argox AS8050 Scanner

A barcode scanner is a device that emits a usually red beam that “reads” a barcode, decodes the data and sends it to a PC or other terminal.

Do Barcode Scanners come with Software?

Barcode Scanners do not require any software to function. When plugged into the USB port of your computer they will install like any other USB device and emulate a keyboard.

What is a corded Barcode Scanner?

A corded Barcode Scanner has a cable attached to it that plugs into a USB or Keyboard Port. This type of scanner is normally used when items with a barcode can be brought to the scanner like most POS applications.

What is a Wireless Barcode Scanner?

A Wireless Barcode Scanner has no cable connecting it to a device. It uses Bluetooth or some other frequency to communicate to its base station that is connected to a PC. The range between the scanner and its base station varies from model to model but typically from 10 meters to 100 meters. The scanner uses a re-chargeable battery for power that is charged when the scanner is inserted in its base station. Some of the models have an internal memory that holds the scanned data when the scanner is out of range. When you move into the range of the base station the scanned data in memory gets transmitted.

What is a 1D Barcode?

A 1D or linear barcode is the normal barcode found on many retail type items like tins of food. This barcode is limited to the amount of data it can contain. All the barcode readers can read the 1D barcodes.

What is 2D and QR Codes?

2D Barcodes can hold much more information than the 1D codes. The SA drivers license contains a 2D barcode which holds all the holders information. To read the 2D Barcodes and QR codes a specific 2D barcode scanner will need to be purchased. These barcode scanners can read and decode 1D and 2D codes.