Your barcode reader should be connected to your computer's keyboard port
either by using a "Keyboard Wedge" or a "Y-Cable" or with a USB cable.
MetroLogic is the most common brand. Their model 9541 is specifically targeted
to jewelers as it's a "high density" reader to read small barcodes.
Be sure to ask for the USB Keyboard emulation version.
USB barcode readers must work in "keyboard emulation" mode. Don't
try to use a barcode reader that attaches to the serial ports.
You do not need to run any software to make the barcode reader work neither
do you need to make any changes to the Jewelry Shopkeeper. At any screen
that is prompting you for a Sku number, you can either type in the number
or scan a barcode (the program will not be able to tell the difference!)
Two things to configure with your bar code reader:
One: you have to turn OFF a feature that is sometimes called the POSTAMBLE
or sometimes called the SUFFIX. (We specifically do NOT want the barcode
reader to send a carriage return to the computer after sending the barcode
to the computer.)
For Metrologic Voyagers look in the Configuration Guide for the
"Prefixes and Suffixes" section (page 40 or sp) and scan the "Disable CR Suffix" code
scan the "Disable LF Suffix"
Two: You should configure the reader to accept "Interleaved 2 of 5" (or
I2of5) barcodes but only ones that are exactly 8 digits wide. (this will
prevent a partial read of a barcode)
The Metrologic manual isn't very clear on this(!) The sequence is
1) On page 2 (or so) scan the Enter/Exit Configuration code (3 beeps)
2) On the 2 of 5 rules page (p.6 or so) scan the ITF Symbol Length Lock 1 (1 beep)
3) On the Code Byte page (p 69 or so) scan the Code byte 0 code (1 beep)
4) On the Code Byte page (p 69 or so) scan the Code byte 0 code (1 beep)
6) On the Code Byte page (p 69 or so) scan the Code byte 8 code (1 beep)
7) On page 2 (or so) scan the Enter/Exit Configuration code (3 beeps)
These two settings are normally done by finding the right page in the
barcode manual and scanning one or two special barcodes in the manual which
activate the various features. However, at Compulink, we don't have the
specific instructions for activating the configurations for your
particular barcode reader.
To test the barcode reader, open a blank page in a word processor and scan
a barcoded jewelry price tag. If the sku number appears on the screen then
your reader is working. If it doesn't appear then it's not working right.
The flashing cursor should remain immediately to the right of the sku number.
If the cursor jumps to the next line, that is an indication that the SUFFIX/
POSTAMBLE feature is on which is not desirable - see above.