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Maintenance mode

When accessing an Ethernet reader in maintenance mode, you get full unauthenticated access to the reader, so you can perform actions that normally require an encrypted connection.

Typical use cases include:

  • Test applications during development
  • Troubleshooting
  • Factory reset the reader, e.g. to exchange reader certificates or remove invalid network settings

Enable maintenance mode

Connect the Device port of the reader connector box to a maintenance laptop.
Make sure the Network port is open.

You can now get full unauthenticated access to the reader, e.g. when establishing an unencrypted connection from a BALTECH tool.

Connector box of BALTEH ID-engine XE with only the Device port connected

Main differences between normal and maintenance mode

Normal operation mode Maintenance mode
LED Solid orange or solid green, depending on the operation mode Red and green blinks
IP address assignment
  • No link-local addresses available
  • DHCP is disabled as soon as you configure a static IP address.
  • Link-local addresses are available
  • DHCP is always enabled
Access permissions
  • Without authentication, access to the reader is completely blocked.
  • With authentication, the restrictions made in the security settings apply.
  • Without authentication, full access to the reader is granted. (If needed, you can restrict permissions in the reader security settings.)
  • With authentication, the same restrictions as in normal mode apply.
ToolSuite support for AES encryption BALTECH ToolSuite currently only supports readers with PKI encryption. Readers using AES encryption cannot be connected to BALTECH ToolSuite. Readers using AES encryption can be connected by establishing an unencrypted connection.
Server mode The reader connects to the host if configured accordingly. Server mode is disabled. The reader won't connect to the host, even if configured to do so.