RFID Reader Setup
Fusion can work with any type of RFID reader as long as it presents itself as a serial device. If your computer doesn’t have a serial port, it is possible to find serial to USB converters and serial to Bluetooth converters.
If you use such a converter, there will be some software or drivers that need to be installed and configured so that the RFID reader ends up looking like a serial device. Please note that every RFID reader and every converter work differently and we are not able to help with the configuration of this equipment. If you are having trouble with this aspect, please refer the documentation that came with the RFID reader and/or the converter or call the manufacturer for additional help.
However, once the device is properly installed and configured as a serial port, getting Fusion to work with it should be fairly easy.
- Reader Type. Most of the time your reader will be a low frequency (LF) reader. However, if you have UHF tags and a supported UHF reader, change this field to reflect that. (Note that UHF reader support is currently experimental and only readers who follow a subset of the USDA Interim Tag Data Standard can be used.)
- Port. Choose the port the RFID reader is connected to. If you make changes to ports in the operating system while this window is open, click the Refresh Port List button. Fusion will ask the operating system for available ports and any new ones can be chosen from the list.
- Baud Rate - Encoding. All of these settings need to match what the RFID reader is expecting. You will need to see the reader manual or contact the manufacturer if you are not sure what these settings should be. If you and the manufacturer are unsure what the Encoding field should be, leave it set to ISO-8859-1.
- Termination String. The RFID reader will send a special sequence of characters after each tag so Fusion knows when the last digit of the RFID number has been sent. This sequence needs to be entered here.
- ASCII. If the termination string characters can be entered directly, you can turn the ASCII checkbox off. However, usually these strings include characters that cannot be entered directly. In that case leave this option on and enter the ASCII equivalent for each character. If there is more than one character, separate each character by a comma (ex. 13,10).
If you are having trouble figuring out what the Termination String field should be we refer you to the Fusion Resource Guide which goes into more depth.
You can open this window by clicking the appropriate Setup… button in the Physical Computer Management window.