IDBLUE Keyboard Sender for Windows

Isn’t it time you re-think mobile RFID?

The IDBLUE Keyboard Sender is a utility application designed to provide an easy method of capturing RFID tag information without requiring any custom software development. When active, it captures all of the RFID tag ID’s read by an IDBLUE device via Bluetooth and sends them to the keyboard buffer (as if someone had typed in the tag ID). The application allows the format of the tag ID sent to the keyboard to be customized, such as adding a tab to the end of the tag ID to automatically advance to the next field.

This application requires no extra software purchases and only requires Bluetooth functionality.

For more information and/or to purchase an IDBLUE reader, please visit http://idblue.com/rfid-readers.

Features:

  • For IDBLUE.HF you can read the unique tag ID of an ISO15693 compliant RFID tag.
  • For IDBLUE.UHF you can read the EPC memory bank of an IDBLUE Approved EPC Gen 2 compliant tag.

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IDBLUE Keyboard Sender for Windows


IDBLUE Keyboard Sender User Guide

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Using the User’s Guide

This section explains the common conventions used in this guide to describe actions and events.

Mouse Actions

Click – Refers to clicking the left mouse button.
Double Click – Refers to clicking twice on the left mouse button.
Right Click – Refers to clicking the right mouse button.

Keyboard Actions

CTRL + C – A key combination that is used to copy text.
CTRL + V – A key combination that is used to paste text.

Formatting Conventions

Prepend Tab – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a tab before the tag ID.
Prepend Space – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a space before the tag ID.
Append Tab – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a tab at the end of the tag ID.
Append Space – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a space after the tag ID.
Append Enter – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a return after the tag ID. i.e. If you scan a tag ID into Excel there the curser will automatically move below to the next cell, the same way it would if you pressed the Return/Enter key on your keyboard.

Configuring the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender

The IDBLUE Keyboard Sender saves its settings every time the application closes.  For general use you will only need to configure the application when using a new IDBLUE device.  This section explains the various configuration options provided by the application.

IDBLUE Selection

IDBLUE selection is a simple, yet essential step in using the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender. In order for you to connect to, and use an IDBLUE Device, you must first select the IDBLUE Device that you want to connect to.
Please follow the instructions below and select an IDBLUE Device:

Step 1: Click the Search button.
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Step 2: Click the Search button.
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Step 3: Click the device you want to use, then click the Select button.
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Connecting to the IDBLUE Device

Now that you have selected the IDBLUE Device that you want to use, the next logical step is to connect to that device. Please follow the instructions below to connect to and IDBLUE Device.

Step 1: Click the Connect button.
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Step 2: Click on the message box shown below.
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Step 3: Enter a Passkey to connect to the Bluetooth® Device.
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Step 4: Click the Finish button.
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Step 5: You should now hear the IDBLUE Device make a beeping sound. This sound occurs when you are connected to the device. You should also see the screen shown below.
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Default Options

To view options select the Options button as shown below.
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General Options

The General Options tab will automatically be displayed after the Options button has been selected. General Options allow you to Auotconnect on Startup, and Capture on Startup. To enable any of the General Options simply select the option you wish to use, then click OK. You can select the option by clicking in it’s corresponding checkbox so that a check shows up in the checkbox.
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Autoconnect on Startup – This option allows you to automatically connect to the IDBLUE Device that you have selected as soon as the IDBLUE Device is turned on.

Capture on Startup – This options allows you to automatically select the the Capture tag ID’s (Send data to keyboard) checkbox as soon as the IDBLUE Device is connected to the Keyboard Sender Application.

Text Formatting Options

To view the text formatting options simply click the Text Formatting tab. Text Formatting Options allows you to Prepend Tab, Prepend Space, Append Tab, Append Space, and Append Enter.

To enable any of the Text Formatting Options simply select the option you wish to use, then click OK. You can select the option by clicking in it’s corresponding checkbox so that a check shows up in the checkbox.

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Prepend to Buffer

To choose any of the options listed in the Prepend to Buffer simply click the option checkbox. If the option has a check in the checkbox it has been selected, if there is no check in the checkbox then the option is not selected.

Prepend Tab – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a tab before the tag ID.

Prepend Space – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a space before the tag ID.

Append To Buffer

To choose any of the options listed in the Append to Buffer simply click the option checkbox. If the option has a check in the checkbox it has been selected, if there is no check in the checkbox then the option is not selected.

Append Tab – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a tab at the end of the tag ID.

Append Space – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a space after the tag ID.

Append Enter – When this option is selected the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender will automatically put a return after the tag ID. i.e. If you scan a tag ID into Excel there the curser will automatically move below to the next cell, the same way it would if you pressed the Return/Enter key on your keyboard.

Enabling and Disabling Tag Recording

You have the option of enabling or disabling tag recording.

  • Enabling  tag recording allows you to capture a tag ID and automatically write it to an Excel Spreadsheet, or to Internet Explorer.
  • Disabling tag recording does not allow you to automatically write tag id’s to an Excel Spreadsheet or to Internet explorer.

Enabled

You Enable tag recording by simply clicking in the Capture tag ID’s checkbox, this will put a check mark in the Capture tag ID’s Checkbox as shown below.
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Disabled

You Disable tag recording by simply clicking in the Capture tag ID’s checkbox. This will delete the check mark in the Capture tag ID’s checkbox as shown below.
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Using the IDBLUE Keyboard Sender

With Microsoft Internet Explorer

Step 1: Make sure the Capture tag ID’s (Send data to keyboard) checkbox is selected so that a checkmark appears in the checkbox.
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Step 2:  Open up Microsoft Internet explorer and click in the search bar.
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Step 3: Read the RFID tag by placing the IDBLUE Device no farther than 2 cm away from the tag, then click the IDBLUE button.
Note: IDBLUE is not warranted to be compatible with all tag form factors. Please contact IDBLUE for information about tag compatibility.

Step 4: The tag ID should now appear in the search bar that you selected.
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With Microsoft Excel

Step 1: Make sure the Capture tag ID’s (Send data to keyboard) checkbox is selected so that a checkmark appears in the checkbox.

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Step 2:  Open up Microsoft Excel and click on one of the cells the spreadsheet so that a tag ID can be written to that cell.
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Step 3: Read the RFID tag by placing the IDBLUE Device no farther than 2cm away from the tag, then click the IDBLUE button.

Note: IDBLUE is not warranted to be compatible with all tag form factors. Please contact IDBLUE for information about tag compatibility.

Step 4: The tag ID should now appear in the cell that you selected.
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Disconnecting from the IDBLUE Device

To disconnect from the IDBLUE Device simply click the Disconnect button.
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Troubleshooting

I cannot find an IDBLUE Device.

Make sure you have Bluetooth enabled and the device in Discovery Mode in order for Bluetooth to detect it.

I cannot connect to an IDBLUE Device.

Make sure the Windows Bluetooth Wizard is started and you enter the correct Bluetooth Security PIN.

Cannot automatically write the tag ID to Excel or Internet Explorer.

Make sure you have the Capture tag ID’s (Send data to keyboard) checkbox selected so that a checkmark appears in the checkbox.

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