Test project settings

Once you have a first version of your project settings created, you can test them right on your computer using BALTECH ID-engine Explorer.

To test your project settings:

  1. Open your configuration (BALCFG file) in BALTECH ConfigEditor.
  2. Click Test Configuration in the bottom left.
    Screenshot: Test Configuration button in BALTECH ConfigEditor
  3. BALTECH ID-engine Explorer opens.
  4. Connect a test reader to your computer.
  5. Click the reader, then click Select.

    • If several interfaces are shown for the reader, please select HID.
    • Connecting an Ethernet reader currently only works in maintenance mode or with PKI encryption (learn more).

    Screenshot: Select a reader in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer

  6. In the popup, click Yes to enable Autoread.

  7. Place a sample project card on the reader.
  8. In the Message Data (ASCII) field, you'll see the data that is being read from the card based on the project settings you defined.
    Screenshot: Example Autoread test result in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer

    This test output may differ from the output in your host system

    In ID-engine Explorer, the number read from the card is always displayed in ASCII decimal encoding. Your host system may use a different encoding. In this case, please order device settings that convert the number accordingly and keep in mind that the output in ID-engine Explorer won't match the output in your host system (learn more).

  9. To keep editing your project settings in BALTECH ConfigEditor, click Continue Editing Configuration in the bottom left.
    Then test your changes again in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer until the reader returns the data you need.
    Screenshot: Continue Editing Configuration button in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer

  10. As an option, you can you can further restrict the card numbers by creating a blacklist or whitelist.

It's working? Great, then continue with the device settings (if you don't have any yet). Otherwise, you can do a test of your entire configuration in a test environment.

What to do if things don't work

  • You can always delete your project settings and start from scratch. To do so, just right-click them in the left side of the screen.
  • Let us look into it and order a configuration from us. This works for all 125 kHz cards and 13.56 MHz cards for which you know the encryption keys.
  • You can also work with the plain UID instead of the expected number. To do so, you need to create a new database for the host system that contains all the UIDs of the cards in your project and their corresponding PCNs and/or card holder names. Please note that this is not possible for cards that return random IDs. Not sure if this approach works for you? We're happy to help.