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Customize the reader's LED behavior

Instead of keeping the default LED behavior defined for your host interface, you can customize it: You can reduce intensity, pick a custom color, or make LEDs pulse. To do so, use the Custom LED component in BALTECH ConfigEditor.

LED customization does not affect the reader's LED signaling when reading a BALTECH ConfigCard, AdrCard, or LicenseCard.

Requirements

  • BALTECH ToolSuite v4.26 or above
  • The configuration must contain a host interface component. (If you create a configuration with Autoread Wizard for autonomously reading a number, a host interface component is automatically added.)
  • Readers with firmware 1100 v2.00 or above

Add Custom LED component

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

  2. Open the BALCFG file of your existing configuration.
    If you don't have a configuration file yet, create a new one.

  3. Click the Plus icon > Advanced Autoread Settings > Custom LED.

    Menu path to add the Custom LED component to an Autoread configuration in BALTECH ConfigEditor

  4. Enable the required options. For details, see the table below.

    Screenshot: Customize the LED of a BALTECH reader using the "Custom LED" component in BALTECH ConfigEditor

Customization options & supported reader types

All options are described in the table below. While customization is mainly designed for ACCESS200 readers, ID-engine Z supports certain options as well1. ID-engine XE is not supported.

Option Description Supported reader types
Color

Override the logical red/green/yellow LED with a different color

The logical yellow LED takes effect when the red and green LEDs are turned on at the same time.

This only applies in the following cases:

  • The LED is controlled by the host application.
  • You use the Wiegand host interface with LED Control set to INPUT_0 controls green LED, and INPUT_1 controls red LED. In addition, the reader's I/O ports must be connected accordingly.

ACCESS200: full support

ID-engine Z: Support for the following colors:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Cyan
  • Orange
  • White

Intensity

Reduce the intensity to dim the LED

We recommend you reduce red LED intensity to 10% for ACCESS200 readers with their translucent housing and 4 LEDs

ACCESS200: full support

ID-engine Z:

  • Full support for the following colors:
    • Red
    • Green
    • Yellow
    • Orange
  • Only 100% intensitiy for the following colors:
    • Blue
    • Purple
    • Cyan
    • White

Pulse Between 2 Intensities Smoothly fade back and forth between 2 intensities of the selected color. Pulse Interval is the time to transition from the first intensity to the second and back.

ACCESS200: full support

ID-engine Z: Support for the following colors:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange

Illuminate Only 1 Side of the Housing To aid colorblind users, enable physical LEDs only on the left or the right side of the reader.
ACCESS200
Smoothly Fade On and Off Enable and disable all colors with a smooth transition, also when switching from one color to another.

ACCESS200: full support

ID-engine Z: Support for the following colors:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange

When you're done, you can test the LED configuration right on your computer with BALTECH ID-engine Explorer.


  1. Options on ID-engine Z are limited, as this product type doesn't support blue LED modulation. 

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