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Create configuration with Autoread Wizard

To define the behavior of your readers, you need a configuration. If you want the reader to autonomously read a number (i.e. use Autoread mode) we recommend you use Autoread Wizard as described below.

I want to do something other than reading a number

If you're a developer and need a configuration for a different operation mode, create the configuration manually.

Set up configuration

  1. Open BALTECH ConfigEditor.
    If you haven't installed it yet, you can download it here as part of BALTECH ToolSuite.
  2. Click Start Autoread Wizard.

    Screenshot: Start Autoread Wizard in BALTECH ConfigEditor to create an Autoread configuration for BALTECH RFID readers

    If you've already closed the start dialog, you can reaccess Autoread Wizard anytime by clicking File > New with Autoread Wizard.

  3. In the Host Interface section, select your host protocol and interface.

  4. In the RFID Interface section, select your card type.

    I don't know the card type yet, or my card type isn't listed

    In this case, select Read all to read UIDs of all supported card types for now. Make sure you later replace this component with a card-type-specific one.

  5. If you've selected a 13.56 MHz card, select your number type in the Number to Read section.

  6. If you want to dim the LED (recommended for ACCESS200 readers), enable the checkbox in the LED section.

    You can further customize the LED later.

  7. Click Create Configuration.

    Screenshot: Autoread Wizard in BALTECH ConfigEditor with example settings to create an Autoread configuration for BALTECH RFID readers

  8. ConfigEditor now sets up your configuration. Once this is done, click Complete Configuration.

    Screenshot: Autoread Wizard in BALTECH ConfigEditor is done.

Complete configuration

BALTECH configurations consist of several components. Autoread Wizard puts together the components needed for your project. Typically, you'll have the following components:

  • Administrative Information with details for managing the configuration
  • An Autoread component, i.e. an RFID interface configuration for autonomously scanning for your card type and reading the desired number
  • A host interface component that defines the communication with your host system

    Screenshot: Example list of configuration components in BALTECH ConfigEditor

To complete the configuration:

  1. Enter project-specific details as listed in the left column of Your Workflow. To do so, use the project info you've collected. If you're unsure, please refer to your card issuer and/or host system provider.

    Tip: Clicking an entry will highlight the respective setting.

    Screenshot: Example list of empty, mandatory configuration fields in a configuration in BALTECH ConfigEditor

  2. Review and adjust the default settings in all components.

  3. If needed, add additional components via the Plus icon at the top. In more complex scenarios, you may need another Autoread component, e.g. when dealing with multiple card types.

Set password (optional)

As an option, you can set a password to encrypt the BALCFG file. We highly recommend this in the following cases:

  • You want to send the BALCFG file to someone else for further editing.
  • You store the BALCFG file on a server where unauthorized users may access it.

To set a password, click File > Set Password. Please transmit the password via a different channel than the configuration, e.g. via SMS or on the phone.

For productive deployment, please only hand out the deployable file that is exported when you release a configuration version. This file is end-to-end-encrypted and thus doesn't need to be protected with a password.

Test it

You can now start testing the configuration.