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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 authentication.

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 a plain 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 by default. (You can grant full permissions using the PKI Encryption and Authentication setting in the Ethernet host interface component.)
  • With authentication, full access to the reader is given, restrictable via certificates.
  • Without authentication, full access to the reader is given by default. (You can limit permissions to factory reset using the PKI Encryption and Authorization settings in the Ethernet host interface component.)
  • With authentication, the behavior is the same as in normal mode.
Host as server The reader connects to the host if its configuration contains the host interface component Ethernet - Host as Server. "Host as server" mode is disabled. The reader won't connect to the host, even if configured to do so.
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