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General information

The radio server is an add-on module to EULANDA®. In addition to this additional module, a radio terminal and at least one radio base station are required.

The radio terminal is completely supplied by EULANDA® on the software side. All menus screen masks are transmitted to the terminal by radio if required, conversely, all EULANDA® entries are evaluated and stored in the database.

There is no need for annoying logging or calling up data transfer software. Simply start and operate the radio server under "Accessories".

The radio terminal

The radio terminal is handy, robust and contains a high-quality barcode laser. Since the radio terminal is completely controlled by EULANDA®, the terminal applications are optimally integrated into the application. Extensions are correspondingly easy to implement.

Piccolink RF-601

The radio base station

The radio base station establishes communication with the radio terminal. It is connected to COM1 or COM2 of any PC on which EULANDA® must be installed.

Only one radio base station can be connected as the main station in the network; this is the one from which the EULANDA® radio server is also started.

The only exceptions are systems that are separate from each other, but which then have to use other radio channels. This means that different applications can be operated in parallel in local proximity.

You can connect additional radio base stations as relay stations to increase the range. If only one relay station is required, it can be set up in a suitable location without a PC. It then sends the requests from the radio terminals to the main station.

If several relay stations are required, they must be connected to PCs. The PLClient driver software from the manufacturer is then installed on the relay PCs. This relay software transmits the collected radio signals via LAN to the main station so that the EULANDA® radio server can process them normally.

Radio base

Operating

The F1 key always calls the main menu.  The first line of the main menu shows the client to which the radio terminal is connected.

The arrow keys up / down allow you to select a menu item or input field. Press the OK key to complete the selection and all entries are sent to EULANDA® for evaluation.

Input fields can be made via the numeric keypad or the barcode laser. If you want to enter letters, the letter mode can be activated using the "shift" key. Similar to a mobile phone, the letters can be called up by pressing the number key several times.

The integrated barcode laser is activated by pressing the barcode button. If the barcode is recognized, the request is sent immediately to EULANDA® if only one barcode is required in the input. Confirming with OK is then no longer required. If nothing else has been entered, the quantity "1" is transferred in this case. If you want to specify a different quantity, the quantity must be entered before the barcode scan.

If you want to lock the keypad on the radio terminal, press the "shift" key and the OK key simultaneously. The keyboard is activated via the same function.

Technical procedure

In a network, the radio base station can be connected to any PC (COM1 or COM2). On this PC the driver software "PLServer" of the manufacturer is installed and EULANDA® as well as the module "Wireless Server" is started.

The radio server module works in the background and completely independently. This means that you can continue to work normally on this PC in EULANDA®, while work such as goods receipt, inventory etc. is carried out with the radio terminal. For higher loads we recommend starting the radio server in an independent EULANDA®.

In principle, a radio base station can manage any number of radio terminals. The range in open terrain is up to 700m. If the range is not sufficient, additional radio base stations in the network can be distributed to any PC. These then operate as relay stations and forward all radio enquiries to the main radio base station. A "PLClient" driver is installed on the PCs. If only one relay station is required, it can simply be mounted at a suitable location without a PC connection.

The radio terminal is a hand-held device with integrated barcode laser, a keyboard and a display. No application software is loaded in the radio terminal. EULANDA® takes over the complete control of the radio terminal. This means that all screen masks for the display are sent by EULANDA® by radio depending on the task and the key inputs of the terminal are evaluated by EULANDA®.

You can best imagine a wireless terminal as a web browser or as a WAP mobile phone. Here the pages are also sent from the web server and the entries made in the browser are evaluated by the web server software.

The EULANDA® radio server executes the requests of the radio terminal immediately. This means that goods receipt, inventory, tracking, etc. are inserted directly into the client database. No key has to be pressed on the PC and no transfer program has to be started.

Communication is always established by the radio terminal. It sends a "request" to the EULANDA® radio server and the server answers. The radio terminal waits here with factory setting for max. 1 second. If the response takes longer, the radio terminal reports a timeout error. We therefore recommend increasing this value to 3 seconds. Instructions can be found in the chapter Setup of the radio server.

For this reason, we recommend starting and working with a second EULANDA version when working on the radio server PC. Always use a powerful computer for the wireless server PC.

Manufacturer of the PiccoLink® wireless terminal

Address:

Nordic ID GMBH
Heidsieker Heide 114
33739 Bielefeld
GERMANY

tel. +49 5206 70 84 70
fax +49 5206 70 847 10
e-mail: infonordicid.de
web: www.nordicid.com

To operate the radio server you need the driver software "PLServer" of the manufacturer in version 4.2. For newer versions, please ask the manufacturer whether it is compatible with EULANDA®.