Barcode Scanner via Bluetooth & Macbook Air

ctophertaylor

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 13, 2014
2
0
Hello everyone. If anyone can help with this situation, I'd greatly appreciate it! If I should be posting in another forum, please forgive me and redirect me to the proper area.

So here's the situation:

I have a Macbook Air (OS X 10.9.2)
I have a Honeywell 3820 Bluetooth barcode scanner

I have been able to connect the barcode scanner to my Macbook Air using the USB cable and successfully been able to scan barcodes. I need to be able to connect this bluetooth scanner to my Macbook via Bluetooth but that's where my trouble is. I'm able to see it as a device in my Bluetooth device list, and when I've been able to pair it, it connects but will not act as an input device allowing me to scan barcodes. Does anyone have any recommendations or ideas?

(I've thought about getting a Bluetooth USB hub - if there is such a thing - that I can connect to the USB cable on the scanner that will convert it into Bluetooth, but not sure if that'll work.)

Help!!! Thanks!
 

gsahli

macrumors 6502a
Jun 1, 2007
641
17
Chicago
I think the key is going to be - setting up the Mac's bluetooth as a serial device. Here' an old howto (OS X 10.4), but I think it will give you the basic idea:
https://serialio.com/support/SerialMagic/OSX_Bluetooth_Spp_Setup.php

Ignore "what" they're connecting to in this - go down to the pics that show where to "edit serial ports." Pay attention to what the "path" is - you may need to enter this in any program you want to use to capture the scan info.
http://decyborg.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/bluetooth-serial-communication-with-arduino-jy-mcu-bluetooth-and-macbook-pro/
 

ctophertaylor

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 13, 2014
2
0
I think the key is going to be - setting up the Mac's bluetooth as a serial device. Here' an old howto (OS X 10.4), but I think it will give you the basic idea:
https://serialio.com/support/SerialMagic/OSX_Bluetooth_Spp_Setup.php

Ignore "what" they're connecting to in this - go down to the pics that show where to "edit serial ports." Pay attention to what the "path" is - you may need to enter this in any program you want to use to capture the scan info.
http://decyborg.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/bluetooth-serial-communication-with-arduino-jy-mcu-bluetooth-and-macbook-pro/
Thanks for replying. I really appreciate your help. The issue I'm running in to is that I have OS X Mavericks, and I'm unable to add a bluetooth serial port. Apparently, this feature was removed from Mavericks. Am I wrong? I hope I am!

Thanks again!