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    Eclipse.net and Mifare card readers

    Does anyone know of any way of using either a standard mifare card reader or if there are any readers that can be configured with the correct character prefix for Eclipse?

    Trying to get rid of biometrics on our library system and we have now issued mifare cards to all users, so that seems to be a good way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robk View Post
    Does anyone know of any way of using either a standard mifare card reader or if there are any readers that can be configured with the correct character prefix for Eclipse?
    Do you mean you've tried a Mifare card reader that acts as a USB keyboard and you need to put a couple of characters before the string that it produces, every time a card is read? My guess would be that you need to produe a modified USB keyboard driver that looks for the specific USB ID of your card reader. The source code for a standard USB keyboard driver for Windows might be available, you'll have to have a look around.

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    That is exactly the issue, just not been able to find a solution to the programming issue. So hoping there may be either a hardware solution that works, or some a software fix that someone could recommend.

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    RF IDeas has a reader RDR-7581aku which is a configurable Mifare reader. You can config the reader to have 3 pre or post keystrokes around the mifare ID reader. RFIDeas - Proximity & Contactless Card Readers, it is called pcProx for MIFARE.

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    @robk I've got one of those RFIdeas mifare card reader on my desk I can test this for you if you want?

    Ben

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    @plexer that would be really useful. Did you get it from a uk supplier?

    I am looking for a prefix letter (I think mls uses ~) the 10 digit card serial no then a enter key.

    Has anyone done this with ellipse.net?

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    @robk

    The reader came from Altman as part of our secureprint solution but I've seen them on uk websites for cheaper than what Altman charge.

    The pcProxConfig does allow a prefix to be set and it works however I'm struggling to make it output ~ as it's configured in the s/w with an onscreen keyboard that appears to be a US layout one and where the ~ is on that keyboard outputs the wrong character on my system.

    Ben

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    You are trying to get the device to work like a barcode reader which is difficult and normally requires some 3rd party software for the reader to emulate a barcode reader. In that 3rd party software you would configure the prefix but you need to ensure your RFID value exists in the barcode field of eclipse for each borrower.

    Have you tried to set your device within the Eclipse hardware settings?

    Note - I'm sure you need a licence from MLS to integrate RFID.

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    It's a hardware mifare reader I am looking for ideally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennz View Post
    You are trying to get the device to work like a barcode reader which is difficult and normally requires some 3rd party software for the reader to emulate a barcode reader. In that 3rd party software you would configure the prefix but you need to ensure your RFID value exists in the barcode field of eclipse for each borrower.

    Have you tried to set your device within the Eclipse hardware settings?

    Note - I'm sure you need a licence from MLS to integrate RFID.
    It's not working like a barcode reader it reads the serial number from the card and outputs the text, the rfideas software does allow a prefix to be set. Yes the borrow field would have to be populated with their mifare serial number but I don't see why a licence would be needed?

    Ben

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