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Make Your Life Easier With A Wireless Barcode Scanner

By Lorne Salliors

Wireless barcode scanner equipment is equipment you need to invest in when you have a business that needs to encode data for inventory or sales recording purposes. No need to bring individual packages beside your computer in order to scan the details. Just like any optical scanner, the wireless collects the data but from a far distance.

A wireless barcode scanner also uses the same technology as others in the use of light-sensing mechanism. The light passes over patterns that are individual to each product and then sends the data into the computer.

Barcodes are the patterns of black and white that are actually the data of a particular product and brand. Each barcode is unique of each product and brand and should not have duplicates anywhere. These black and white patterns can take any form of geometric designs: vertical lines with varying widths, hexagon, dots, or others.

There are a lot of scanners which are readily available in the market today: the flatbed scanner, the plain (original) scanner, the hand held scanner, and finally the wireless barcode scanner. The flatbed scanner is the one most commonly used and can usually be found in the checkout counters of a grocery. Here, objects are placed on a flat piece of glass and scanned by a mechanism that passes under or over them. The other is a plain or traditional scanner, which works like a fax machine. The paper has to be placed in the machine where it can be scanned. Another is the handheld scanner which is generally held like a gun and the scanning is done when the trigger is pulled over the barcodes. These hand-held scanners have the advantage of being cheaper, but they are fixed by their inability to scan more areas than a few inches wide and the object has to be pretty near the scanner in order to be scanned properly.

The handheld can be clumsy as the wires can get entangled with things. Some impatient people don’t like this, so the wireless barcode scanner was developed for mobility or simply for recording data into another wireless computer like a PDA. For one thing, it is easier to move to the object to be scanned rather than have the object brought to you. There are even some wireless that can read partially torn data which makes it invaluable.

However, before making a decision in buying a wireless barcode scanner, first you have to determine what you really need it for. Do you just need to extend the distance from the PC and could do a better job if the cord were longer, or do you need a portable one for portable data collection using a hand-held mobile computer with an incorporated scanner. If all you need is an extension of a cord, a wireless wedge scanner, a type of wireless barcode scanner will do the job nicely; for one thing, they are more expensive.

Lorne Salliors discusses various barcode scanners at his website, Read more about cordless barcode scanner and symbol scanners.

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Salliors, Lorne "Make Your Life Easier With A Wireless Barcode Scanner." Make Your Life Easier With A Wireless Barcode Scanner. 23 Jun. 2010. 19 Jan 2015 <>.

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