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Barcode Scanners Supported by Barcode Solution Version 6.7

Created: 17 Nov 2008 • Updated: 17 Nov 2008 • 6 comments
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As part of a complete asset management solution, Altiris® Barcode Solution™ integrates with Altiris Service & Asset Management Suite™ to help you eliminate data input errors, accounting irregularities, and redundancies. Barcode Solution provides wireless connections between handheld devices and Altiris Notification Server™ and leverages bar code technology for a simpler, more accurate way of gathering and verifying information in the field.

Manual data collection is slow and error prone. For example, a well-trained data entry operator makes a data entry error once every 300 keystrokes. Barcode Solution is designed to save your organization time and money by increasing input speed and accuracy. A bar code system is significantly faster (about 15 times faster) and more accurate (about 10,000 times more accurate) than manual data entry systems.

When synchronizing data with a handheld device, you have the option of doing a full sync or a delta sync. A delta sync saves time and money by uploading or downloading only changed or new data.

Supported Hardware

Integrated Handheld Devices

  • Symbol Technologies PPT 2800, PPT 8800
  • Symbol Technologies MC50, MC70, MC9090-G
  • Socket CF Scanner

Handheld Devices

  • Dell X50, X51
  • Hewlett-Packard iPaq HX2490, HX2750, HX2795
  • Hewlett-Packard iPaq HW6920, HW6940

Bar Code Devices

  • Socket Cordless Hand Scanner (Bluetooth)
  • Socket SD Scan Card
  • Socket CF Scan Card

RFID Devices

  • Socket CF RFID Reader-Scan Card 6P

Supported Bar Codes

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Code 39
  • Code 128
  • Interleaved 2 of 5
  • UPC bar code symbologies formats

Supported Operating Systems

  • Pocket PC 2003
  • Windows Mobile 2005
  • WM6

Bar Code Computer (Host Computer) Requirements

Note: This is the computer that is used to connect to the bar code device.
  • Processor-Pentium II 500 MHz or faster
  • Memory-128 MB
  • Hard drive-20 MB of available hard drive space
  • Operating system-Windows XP SP2, or Windows Server 2003
  • Browser-Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Other-SVGA monitor and network connection

Final Notes

  1. Resellers will sometimes claim that the barcode scanners have been end-of-lifed because their own inventory is out of stock.
  2. New scanners that use the same drivers and OS as older models will most likely work with version 6.7.
  3. Loading the Barcoder application (the one that runs on the scanner) does not support using SD or Flash memory. At least one customer has however a found way to load the application, but not the data, on an SD card. They told me that they had to diddle with the dlls on the scanner and manually put them in the Windows directly. To use the scanner, they had to start the application, then remove the SD card in order to put in their Socket scanner card. Don't ask who they are; I can't tell you. I share this just to let you know that people have found a way to make it work.

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jjesse's picture

With the Symbol devices. Remember you don't neccesary need the most memory, just customize the profile you are downloading

Jonathan Jesse
Director of Training
ITS Partners

Jonathan Jesse Practice Principal ITS Partners

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TishG's picture

We purchased the MC50 and am having a heck of a time getting it to recognize any HP machine barcodes.
Image Picker List does not install so I don't seem to have that option.

Anyone else with an MC50 run into scanning issues? What's the magic?!

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AltirisUsr's picture

Have you look into upgrading the firmware on the unit?



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skiierj's picture

Can I just you a usb scanner plugged in to my workstion/laptop?

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skiierj's picture

Found the answer. Yes you can.

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arronlee's picture

Hi, I am a newbie here. And what's the differnce between the tool you mentioned a bove and the common barcode scanner using c#.NET? I am not so sure which kind of barcode scanner I should choose.

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