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Whindo Check-In Utility: Configuring a USB Scanner

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This guide is intended to aide in the configuration of barcode scanners to function with the Whindo Check-In utility. It is a general guideline, and as such for some scanner models you may need to consult the user manual to achieve the desired settings.

For information on compatible scanners see the Whindo Check-In Utility: Barcode Scanner Purchase Guide.

As most scanners are configured to work with Whindo out of the box, let's test your scanner now.

  • Download and print this sample ticket.
  • Plug the USB cable of your scanner into your computer. In most cases you will not need to download any drivers but if you do they should update automatically.
  • Click inside the textbox below. The cursor should now be blinking inside the textbox.
  • Now scan the barcode on the left or the bottom 3 times (not the square QR code).

If the results look like the following then your scanner is configured correctly!

32466da
32466da
32466da

If you do not get the output above you will now need to get out your user guide. A user guide will contain a collection of barcodes that will turn on/off settings within your scanner to reach the desired configuration.

Symbology

Whindo barcodes utilize the Code 128 symbology, which is one of the most common barcode symbologies. If your scan is successfully reading the value 32466da then it is already configured to read Code 128. If not, find and scan the barcode that enables Code 128.

Keystrokes

After each scan Whindo needs to be notified that the scan is complete and to begin validating. To do so the scanner has to simulate the pressing of the Enter key on the keyboard. First scan the barcode that enables keystrokes then scan the barcode for the CR+LF keystroke.

If configured correctly you should be able to repeat the steps above to test your scanners configuration.

You can also test your scanner configuration using the actual check-in utility. First, download these sample tickets. Then visit the check-in utility for this demonstration event.

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