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
- 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 junction 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.
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||
|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.|