Barcode scanners - first steps

In this section you will find informations to help you with choosing and setting up your barcode scanner.

Choosing my barcode scanner

You can use most standard scanners with erplain. Scanners are just another way to read codes and type it back to your computer. In that sense, scanners and keyboards work the same way.

There are three criteria you must consider when it comes to choosing one.


Before buying a scanner, make sure your scanner is compatible with your operating system (Mac, iOS, Windows, Linux,...).

Don’t forget to check that you have the right port on your device. Most non-wireless scanners come equipped with a traditional usb cable, but depending on your computer generation this might not work for you (if your computer is equipped with usb-c, for example).


Scanners are programmed to read a certain format. The two main existing formats are, 1D or “linear” and 2D, commonly known as “QR codes”. Both formats are supported by erplain.
Before buying your scanner make sure the scanner will support the format you intend to use.

Type of use

Depending on the way you work you might be happy to know that some scanners exist in wireless/bluetooth version. There are many cases when carrying the scanner with you makes things a hundred times easier.

For more information on barcode types and differences between them, please check this article from our blog.

Connecting my barcode scanner to erplain

Connecting your barcode scanner to erplain is the same as connecting it to your computer.

For USB’s:

  • Plug in the cable
  • Plug into port
  • If you are a Windows user, redefine the scanner as a keyboard from the device menu
  • Place your cursor where you want to scan and scan away

For Wireless:

  • Plug into port the USB antenna
  • If your scanner doesn’t come with a usb antenna, pair it with your device (Parameters > Bluetooth > Pair devices)
  • Set up your scanner in Instant Upload Mode
  • Place your cursor where you want to scan and scan away

Note: If it’s your first time using a scanner we suggest you to Open a “.txt” document or a note to use it a couple of time. This way, you will be able to get familiar with your new scanner and set it up easily without any risk.

Our barcode scanner selection

These are example of supported barcode 1D scanners:

- Wireless (1D): NADAMOO 433Mhz Wireless Barcode Scanner

- USB (1D): WoneNice USB Laser Barcode Scanner

Warning: At this time, erplain doesn’t support the camera of your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). We recommend a bluetooth scanner connected to your tablet for mobile usage.

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