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Ethernet implementation modes

There are 2 modes for implementing the host application:

  • Host as client: The application acts as a client and opens a connection to the passively waiting readers.
  • Host as server: The application acts as a server that waits for readers to open a connection when certain events occur.

The following table provides more details about the implementation modes:


Host as client

Host as server

Connection initiation The host opens a connection to the readers. Readers open a connection to the host in certain events.
Network topology

Use this approach if your network meets both of these conditions:

  • Manageable number of readers

    Parallel threads can be maintained without performance loss.

  • Readers not behind a firewall

Use this approach if your network meets either of these conditions:

  • Large number of readers

    Parallel threads will impact host/network performance.

  • Readers are behind a firewall
Reader detection Only needed for deployment of initial network settings via BALTECH Uploader (see below). After that, readers establish connections to the host.
Deployment of initial network settings
Operation modes Use any mode. Pick the one that suits your requirements best. Readers must be set up for autonomous operation. Use one of the following operation modes:
  • Autoread

    to read a number

  • VHL & Autoread

    to read data other than a number, or write data to the card

All operation modes include step-by-step instructions on setting up the host-reader connection.

Explore Modes Autoread   VHL & Autoread

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