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WiseWand 1
Configurable Parameters
Communications Interface
Interface Connector DB9F
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The WiseWand-1 (WW1) is a handheld wand-type scanner designed for reading and decoding most popular barcode symbologies. The WW1 converts the scanned barcode data into ASCII characters and transmits this ASCII data out of its RS-232 serial communications port (which can be connected to a PC COM port or other host device). The WW1 is powered from the host RS-232 port to which it is connected, making it ideal for use with palmtop and notebook computers and other applications where external power would be cumbersome. The WW1 will, of course, reduce the otherwise obtainable battery life of the host computer.

The WW1 barcode decoder automatically discriminates among 9 popular barcode symbologies including Code 39, Extended Code 39, Codabar, Interleave 2 of 5, Code 128, UPC A, UPC E, EAN/JAN 8 and EAN/JAN 13.

The WW1 has a six foot coiled cable with a DB-9F serial connector. Included with the WW1 is a cable adapter (DB9 to DB25), a clip to secure the decoder module to the host equipment, the bar coded programming menu, the user's manual (on diskette), and the WISEUP Utility program and TSR WeDge program on diskette.

The WISEUP Utility Program is available in two versions, one for MS WINDOWS, and one for DOS. Both programs can configure the PC for proper communication with the WW1 and various other decoding options. Both programs can capture all scanned data into a generic text file. The Windows version can enter scanned barcode characters as if the characters had been typed in from the PC keyboard.

The TSR WeDge program also enters scanned data as if it had been typed from the PC keyboard. This program is a TSR for DOS applications and is not designed to work with MS Windows.

Configurable Parameters


These are the parameters used to define communications with the host computer. Serial Data Format is:

  • Baud Rates - 9600, 4800, 2400, 1200, 19200, 600, 300, or 150
  • Parity - None, Mark, Space, Even, or Odd
  • Data Bits - 7 or 8
  • Delimiter - An ASCII character that is used as a string delimiter when the auto time and/or date stamps are used. Set this value to zero if no delimiter is desired.
  • Terminator(s) 1 & 2 - These are the ASCII characters used to mark the end of a stored record in the data buffer. When data is uploaded, these characters terminate each record. If only one terminator is used, set Terminator 2 to null (zero).

Symbologies & Symbol Limits

Each barcode symbology can be selectively enabled or disabled. Typically only the needed symbologies are enabled to improve misread performance. The variable length symbologies (code 39, codabar, I 2/5 and code 128) can be filtered to only allow a range of symbol lengths. Each symbology can have a minimum and a maximum length. The minimum length can be set equal to the maximum length to accept only one length symbol. The minimum or maximum range check can be disabled by setting both values to zero.

Several of the barcode symbols have special options that can be enabled or disabled. These are defined as follows:

  • Code 39 Extended - Allows full ASCII character set expansion using the extended code 39 standard.
  • Code 39 Check Digit - Interprets the last code 39 character as a check code character.
  • Code 39 Check Output - Allows the code 39 check code character to be included in the resulting ASCII data string (record).
  • Code 39 Concatenation - Will combine multiple code 39 symbols into one string if the first character of each string is a space (20H).
  • Codabar Start/Stop - Allows the start & stop codes to be included in the CODABAR character string.
  • UPC/EAN Number Digit - Allows the 1st digit (number system) to be included in the symbol character string.
  • UPC/EAN Check Digit - Allows the last digit (check digit) to be included in the symbol character string.

Other Options

  • Preamble - Defines a character string 1 to 20 characters long that will be prefixed to the decoded barcode symbol. This feature can be disabled by making the preamble string zero characters long.
  • Postamble - Defines a character string 1 to 20 characters long that will be appended to the decoded barcode symbol. This feature can be disabled by making the postamble string zero characters long.

Communications Interface

  • Standard interface: RS-232C compatible
  • Serial asynchronous full/half duplex ASCII coding
  • Data format: 1 start bit, 7/8 data bits, 1 parity bit (mark, space, even, odd), 1 stop bit
  • Baud rates: 150, 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200

Interface Connector - DB9F

Pin #        Signal
   1           N.C.
   2           Data Out
   3           Data Rcv.
   4           Pwr. In*
   5           GND.
   6           N.C.
   7           Pwr. In
   8           N.C.
   9           N.C.

* 10 Ma. per pin current limited


Power Consumption: 12ma typical


  • Length: 6.45" (16.20 cm)
  • Width: 3.75" (9.40 cm)
  • Height: 1.35" (3.40 cm)
  • Weight: 5.5 oz (156 grams)


  • Wand: Maintenance free polycarbonate case with a sealed sapphire tip.
  • Decoder Module: Extruded aluminum with ABS endcaps.
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