InfoChip Bluetooth Easy Reader (BTR) – Operation Guide
InfoChip HF 13.56 RFID Bluetooth Easy Reader, Wrist Lanyard, Silicone Protective Sleeve, USB Cable (for charging only), Spare USB Dust Cover
- Open and hold the USB cover down, while inserting the supplied USB cable into the “USB Charging Port” as labelled above.
- Plug the other end of the USB cable into a USB 2.0 port on a computer, or into a USB wall charger.
- The Indicator LED on the Easy Reader will flash green while charging, and turn to solid green when fully charged.
USING THE BUTTON
Unlike most devices you are probably familiar with, the Bluetooth Easy Reader only has a single button. This button is used to navigate through the device, enter pairing information, and scan chips. This is done using one of three button presses. Put simply, pressing and holding the button for a certain length of time before releasing it will trigger a different event depending on what menu you are currently in:
- Short Press (less than ½ second): The short press is used to initiate a chip scan, as well as enter pairing codes.
- Medium Press (about ½ second): The medium press is used to navigate through menus, as well as changing columns when entering a pairing code
- Long Press (greater than ½ second): The long press is used to affect changes in the various menus, such as turning the Bluetooth antenna on and off. Holding the button for even longer can be used to return you to the main menu on the device.
READING AN RFID CHIP IN STANDALONE MODE
CONNECTING TO THE BLUETOOTH READERIn order to scan RFID chips into the InfoChip software using the Bluetooth Easy Reader, you must first go through a process known as pairing. Pairing the BTR to another device will establish a link between the two devices and allow any scanned chipIDs to pass from the scanner into the InfoChip software. There are few steps to take before pairing the Bluetooth Reader can be paired to another device:
- Ensure Bluetooth is OFF. Refer to Section 1 of “Connecting to the Bluetooth Reader” for more information.
- Initiate a scan by using a short press. The face of the Bluetooth reader will read “Scanning…”. You will now have approximately 7 seconds to scan a chip. Tap the “Scanning Tip” (labelled above) of the Bluetooth Reader to the chip. See Figure 1.
Once the Scanning Chip detects the RFID chip, the Easy Reader will beep, the display will turn green, and the scanned ChipID will be displayed on the top line of the display. The previous ChipID is displayed on the bottom line of the display. See Figure 2.
You will need to ensure that both the Bluetooth Reader and the device you will be connecting to both have their Bluetooth capability turned on. To turn the antenna on the BTR on, follow these steps:
- Turn on the device’s Bluetooth Antenna:
- Press and Hold the button until the menu appears, then release it. See Fig 3. Note that firmware version and battery level is displayed.
- Click and Release the button repeatedly until the Bluetooth ON/OFF page is displayed. See Figure 4.
- Press/Hold the button to toggle Bluetooth ON/OFF. When Bluetooth is ON, more Bluetooth menu options are available. See Figure 5.
During the process of connecting the Bluetooth reader to another device, you will usually be asked to enter a pairing code into the BTR. As the device has only a single button, this can take a few tries to get the hang of. Therefore, we have included a menu option to allow you to practice entering a PIN code under you get the feel for it. In most cases, you will have around 30 seconds to enter a pairing code. Therefore, you will want to have a decent feel for entering the code before you try to pair the device. Let practice by entering the PIN “7654”:
- Practice Pairing Codes (PIN):
- First, you will need to navigate to the correct menu option. Using the medium press, navigate through the menus until you find the menu named “Practice PIN, Hold to start”. See Figure 10.
- Use the long press to activate the Practice PIN mode. The screen will change to “Practice PIN, Code: 0”. Use the short press to cycle through digits until the desired digit “7” is displayed. See Figure 11.
- Use the medium press to navigate to the second digit, which will display a “0”. Short Press until the desired digit “6” is displayed. See Figure 12.
- Repeat until you have entered all 4 digits. See Figure 13.
- To commit your pairing code, use a Long Press. Continue practicing until you feel like you have a strong handle on entering PIN codes.
Pairing the BTR to a Trimble Juno T41 will establish a semi-permanent connection between the two devices that will allow you to scan chips with the Bluetooth Reader, and input those chips into the IC Mobile software. To establish this pairing between these devices, there are a few steps to follow:
- Pairing the Bluetooth Reader to a Juno T41
If the two you entered on the Bluetooth Reader matches the code you entered on the Juno, the pairing will be successful and the devices will be linked. On the Juno, you should see a notification for your successful pairing. See Figures 17 and 9. The devices are now connected.
- To start, ensure that the BTR’s Bluetooth Antenna has been turned on, as per section 1 above.
- Ensure that the Bluetooth Antenna of the Juno T41 has been turned on. To check that the Juno’s Bluetooth has been enabled, Navigate to Start->Settings->Bluetooth->Mode on the Juno and ensure that “Turn on Bluetooth” and “Make this device visible to other devices” are both checked off. See Figure 14.
- The next step will be to navigate to the “Add New Device” screen on the Juno. This can be found very near the mode screen from step “b” above; under Start->Settings->Bluetooth->Devices.
- From here, we will need to move to the Bluetooth Reader and prepare it for the pairing process. Using the medium press, navigate to the “Pair as Keyboard, Hold to start” menu option. See Figure 6.
- Using the long press, initiate the pairing process on the BTR. The screen should change to “Ready to pair, Start searching”, and should begin flashing blue to indicate it is searching for a compatible device. See Figure 7.
- On the Juno’s Device screen, click “Add new device”. The screen will bring up a loading wheel and begin searching for compatible devices. After a few seconds, the Juno should detect the Bluetooth Reader and it will display as “INFOCHIP” with a keyboard symbol. At this point, select “INFOCHIP” from the list and then click “Next”. See Figure 15.
- The Juno will then prompt you to enter a pairing code for the device. You can select any number you would like to be your pairing code, provided that it is unique. This means that if you have more than one Bluetooth Reader, each one should have a unique pairing code. Examples of good pairing codes are: “0000” and “7654”. Using the on-screen keyboard on the Juno, enter your desired pairing code, and click “Next”. See Figure 16.
- On the Bluetooth Reader, the screen should now display “Enter PIN, Code: 0”; similar to the display when you first start a practice session. Using the method described in section 2 above, enter the pairing code you decided on, and then use the long press to commit your code for verification. See Figure 8.
- Pairing the Bluetooth Reader to a Windows PC
SCANNING A CHIP WHILE CONNECTED TO A HOST DEVICEA “Host Device” is the term used to describe the device that your Bluetooth Reader is connected to. Basically, your BTR is being “Hosted” by the device it is connected to. Scanning while connected to a “Host Device” (such as a PC or Trimble Juno) will allow you to scan a chip directly into an InfoChip software program. Once the device is connected to a “Host Device” using one of the methods described above, you can use the following steps to scan and read a chip:
- To start, ensure that the BTR’s Bluetooth Antenna has been turned on, as per section 1 above.
- Next, you will need to navigate to the “Devices” menu on your PC. To do this, right-click on your Bluetooth icon in your taskbar and select “Show Bluetooth Devices”. See Figure 18.
- This will open your Bluetooth Device menu. From here, you will need to click “Add a device” in the top lefthand corner. This will cause your computer to begin searching for new devices to add. See Figure 19.
- Next, on the Bluetooth Reader, we will need to move to the Bluetooth Reader and prepare it for the pairing process. Using the medium press, navigate to the “Pair as Keyboard, Hold to start” menu option. See Figure 6 above.
- Using the long press, initiate the pairing process on the BTR. The screen should change to “Ready to pair, Start searching”, and should begin flashing blue to indicate it is searching for a compatible device. See Figure 7 above.
- After a few seconds, you should see “INFOCHIP” appear in the device list on your PC. It should be labelled as a Bluetooth Keyboard. Select “INFOCHIP” and click “Next” in the bottom right. See Figure 20.
- From here, you will be given an 8 digit code to enter on the Bluetooth Reader. Using the short and medium presses as described in section 2 above; enter the pairing code on the Bluetooth reader. See Figure 21. ***NOTE*** You will only have about 30 seconds to enter the given pairing code. If you do not enter the pairing code within the given time, you will need to restart the pairing. If you fail the pairing process several times in a row, the computer will give you the option to “Enter the Pairing Code for your device”. This will let you manually enter a pairing code that may be easier to enter, such as “0000” or “7654.
- Use the long press to commit your code for verification. See Figure 8.
- If the code you submitted on the Bluetooth Reader matches the code generated by Windows, you will get a message on the PC saying that your device has been successfully added. Click “Close”. See Figure 22.
- You will be taken back to the device menu where you began the process. “INFOCHIP” should now be listed in your device list. See Figure 23.
ADVANCEDThis section contains information that goes above and beyond the normal day-to-day operation of the Bluetooth Easy Reader. This section may be useful in understanding the subtleties of operating the device, as well as the remaining menu options
- Ensure Bluetooth is turned ON and that Easy Reader has been paired successfully to your host device using the instructions above.
- On your host device, open IC Mobile, IC Desktop, or IC Online and navigate to the “Scan ChipID” tool. Alternatively, you can start any application that accepts text input (such as Notes, Email, etc).
- Short Press and release the button on the Easy Reader. The Bluetooth Reader's display should read "Bluetooth Trying To Connect" and it should quickly find your host device, at which time the Easy Reader will begin flashing and trying to scan a chip. Once the “Scanning Chip” detects the RFID chip, the Easy Reader will beep, the display will turn green, and the scanned ChipID will be displayed on the top line of the display. See Figure 2 above.
- You should see the scanned chip appear in the InfoChip program you’re working with. It will look similar to "E004010014F25431".
- “Blue Off Time”
- Even though the Bluetooth reader’s Bluetooth Antenna may be set to “ON”, it is not always active and transferring information. After a period of inactivity the Antenna will turn itself off to conserve battery power. That being said, any activity from the Bluetooth Reader will reactivate the Antenna. It may take a few seconds for the Antenna to turn back on. This may cause you to see “Bluetooth is trying to connect” screen. The higher you set the “Blue Off Time”, the longer the Bluetooth Antenna will remain on for before entering power saving mode.
- “End Of Line”
- The “End of Line” character is the character that is entered by the device after a successful chip scan. When using the Bluetooth Reader with the InfoChip software, this setting will be set to “TAB”. Another useful setting would be “ENTER”.
- Bluetooth Pairing
- One the Bluetooth Reader has been paired to another device, those pairing settings cannot be removed. Loss of battery or resetting the device will not cause the device to lose its pairing settings. The only way to remove the existing pairing from the BTR is by beginning a new pairing. This will immediately wipe the pairing settings from the device in preparation for the new pairing.
- Resetting the Device
- If you ever need to reset the device; you can do so using the “Master Reset” tool. From the main menu on the device, press and hold the button for ~10 seconds. The menu will change to a screen listing the firmware build of the device as well as some other information. Use the medium press to move through the menus until you reach the “Master Reset, Hold to Reset” menu. Use the long press to initiate the “Master Reset”. This will reset the Bluetooth Reader. Please note that this will not delete the pairing settings.
This section contains useful troubleshooting information if the Bluetooth Reader is not operating correctly.
- “Bluetooth Failed to Connect”
- The message “Bluetooth Failed to Connect” most often appears when the Bluetooth reader is trying to re-establish its link with the Host Device. Often, the Bluetooth Antenna takes a few seconds to turn back on. This may cause the first reconnection attempt to fail. To correct this issue, please ensure that the Host Device is powered on and that it’s Bluetooth Antenna is active. Tap the button on the Bluetooth Reader to begin the reconnection again. Always ensure that you are reconnecting from the Bluetooth Reader. Often times the Host Device will have sleep settings that allow the Bluetooth Reader to “wake up” the device and reconnect. However, the Bluetooth Reader does not have the same sleep settings available.
- My chip is not scanning
- Please ensure that the Bluetooth Reader is brought close to the chip in question. Activate the scanning on the Bluetooth Reader and tap the end of the Bluetooth Reader to the chip you’re trying to scan.
- I’m missing menu options on the Bluetooth Reader
- If you cannot access all menu options on the Bluetooth Reader (for example, the pairing menus), you likely have your Bluetooth Antenna deactivated. This will disable all menus related to the Bluetooth scanning. Turn on your Bluetooth Adapter and the remaining menus should appear.
- My Host Device cannot find the Bluetooth Reader
- If your Host Device cannot find the Bluetooth Reader, there are a few possible causes. One cause would be that the Bluetooth Antenna on the BTR has been turned off. This could be caused by the device losing power, or possibly because the device was reset.