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Figure 7-7 Display location details
Update location data
You can update these fields in a location definition:
򐂰 Location Alias
򐂰 Description
򐂰 Is Addressable
򐂰 Is InSelfTestMode
򐂰 Address: Street, City, State, Zip
Delete location definition
You can delete a location definition only if it is not associated with a reader.
7.3.2 Readers
The second thing to define in your network topology is your RFID readers. To
define a reader, you give it an identifier, associate it with a location, and specify
its manufacturer type, IP address, and port number. You should have this
information at hand before you start.
Tip: After a location is associated with a reader, you must delete the location
association in the reader definition before you can delete the location
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To work with reader definitions, click Readers in the Administrative Console
navigation frame. Figure 7-8 shows the Readers page.
Figure 7-8 Readers page
In the middle of the page are the defined readers. By default, the Premises
Server comes with one reader definition, R1, for a Samsys reader at location P1,
as shown in Figure 7-9.
Figure 7-9 An example of a reader definition
You cannot change the name of this R1 reader definition, but you can modify it
for your own installation, or delete it and create your own.
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At the bottom of the Readers page is a listing of available Reader Types for
creating reader definitions as shown in Figure 7-10.
Figure 7-10 Reader types
Create new readers
To create new readers, follow these steps:
1. To create a new reader, click New from the Readers page. The Create a new
Reader page displays (Figure 7-11).
Figure 7-11 Create a new Reader page
2. Enter or select the following information:
Reader ID
A unique reader identifier
Reader Type
One of the available reader types (by manufacturer)
Important: Alien, Intermec, Matrics, and Samsys reader types are supported.
The other reader types are available
as-is and are not supported.
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Location ID
An available location in your topology that has not been assigned to
another device.
Reader IP Address
The IP address on your network.
Reader IP Port Number
The correct port number for the type of device, for example:
Alien = 23
Intermec = 2189
Samsys = 2101
Matrics = 3000
3. Click Create. The reader displays in the list on the Readers page. It will be
available for selection when creating controller definitions.
Search, display, update, and delete readers
You can display a reader definition to review, update, or delete it.
Search for readers
If you have many readers and the list on the Readers page is long, you can
search for specific readers and display just those in the list. The search filter is
case-sensitive and assumes a wild card at the beginning and end of the search
Note: Although the Administrative Console allows you to choose a
location that has already been assigned, the device infrastructure only
allows one reader to one location.
Note: Be sure to verify the port number with your device manufacturer’s
Note: You can create and save a reader definition that only has a reader ID in
it, but you will have to return and add the other information before you can test
or use your RFID network.
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For example, by entering just the letter R, you can display all the readers that are
defined in the default Premises Server configuration database that have the
capital letter
R anywhere in the name as shown in Figure 7-12.
Figure 7-12 Reader search
Display reader details
To display a reader definition, click the Reader ID listed on the Readers page, or
anywhere it appears as a hot link in the Administrative Console pages. The Edit
Reader details page displays as shown in Figure 7-13.
Figure 7-13 Edit Reader details page
Update reader data
You can update these fields in a reader definition:
򐂰 Reader type
򐂰 Location
򐂰 IP address
򐂰 Port number

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