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    Chris Muench

    You can get a Bluetooth socket mobile and pair it to an iOS or android phone/tablet and use our app on App Store or google play.

    See https://phppos.com/hardware.php

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    orders

    In layman's terms please - I don't have a mobile device for my PHP POS I use a computer. Can I somehow download the app, use a bluetooth scanner to do my inventory, then upload it to the big cloud in the sky? See my lack of computer knowledge...! Help

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    Chris Muench

    There isn't a way to do this without a mobile iOS or Android device  [tablet/phone]. The iOS or Android device can be paired with a wireless barcode scanner which will let you do inventory. (Socket Mobile 7CI is the name of the device)

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    orders

    Can I get a bluetooth usb for my computer and do it that way?

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    Chris Muench

    Bluetooth is about 30-50 ft so it really wouldn’t work unless you had laptop

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    orders

    My computer is in the middle of my store and my store is not more than 50ft in any direction. That should work?

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    Chris Muench

    Sort of. The tricky part is if you make an error you have no way to verify the item scanned correctly 

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    bob

    I have a Nadamoo wireless (not bluetooth) barcode scanner.  Can this be paired with an iOS/Android device?  It came with a USB stick (like the Logitech wireless ones, but bigger). 

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    Chris Muench

    I wouldn’t know if it will work well. On our iOS and android apps we use socket mobile scanner

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    bob

    Well, I can tell you that the Nadamoo scanner worked nicely with the software, but had a lot of trouble scanning labels generated from our Zebra printer.  Where it easily read labels generated by our inkjet printer, it could read maybe 10% of the ones from the Zebra.

    I came across an article that was particularly good at explaining barcode reading problems, https://www.barcodesinc.com/news/the-most-common-causes-of-unreadable-barcodes/

    It seems that a standard 1D laser and LED scanners require a certain degree of contrast between the bars and the background, but that 2D "barcode imagers" require much less.  I found one of the latter on Amazon for only $60 - 2D, wireless, bluetooth, compatible with pretty much any device, and a 4-1/2 star rating (I'm not sure if I should be mentioning any brands here).  It's worked fantastically for us.  It's plug and play, and it worked right out of the box.  I've used it wirelessly with a PC, and through bluetooth with an Android tablet, and it's worked great with both. 

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