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[FAQ-1081] Ensuring scanner power and hardware connectivity
For use with Rangecast, a scanner must be attached to the PC in a way that supports both data and audio connectivity, and the scanner must be powered on.
[FAQ-1083] Power cycling of 536 model scanners
BCD536HP model scanners can become unresponsive to computer commands, and cease to communicate with the PC via the data cable / COM port. To restore normal operations, it may be necessary to unplug the power cord from the scanner for about 15 seconds, then try again after the scanner has rebooted.
[FAQ-1084] Power cycle the USB system
On occasion, some element of the USB system (in either the PC or external hardware) may freeze (probably in firmware), and become unresponsive until it is power cycled. Simply turning a PC off/on may not clear the issue, since many PCs keep minimal power applied to some circuits. To ensure a clean power cycle of the USB hardware, physically disconnect the PC power cable for at least 30 seconds (with Windows safely shut down.)
[FAQ-1013] Hardware: About the RCX box TO PC cable
This is a USB cable between the PC and a scanner's RCX adapter, and it carries the data and audio communications. The cable has a USB Type A male connector (to plug into the PC) and a USB Type B male connector (to plug into the RCX unit mounted on the back of a scanner.)
[FAQ-1059] Hardware: About the RCX USB interface
The RCX interface is a small black box, without any controls, that mounts directly on the back of a Uniden scanner. It provides the USB interface for data and audio communications between the scanner and a PC.
[FAQ-1064] How to find the Rangecast ID of a scanner
Each physical scanner used for Rangecast has a unique ID. For most scanners (except the model 536), the Rangecast ID of the scanner is briefly shown on the scanner front panel display when the scanner is first turned on. Alternatively, for most scanners (except the model 15), the color of the scanner front panel display is set by Rangecast software to help with identification.
[FAQ-1075] How to move a Rangecast scanner from one PC to another
When a scanner is moved from one PC to another, in addition to moving the scanner itself (and possibly associated hardware), changes in Rangecast Configuration are needed on the PC where the scanner was removed to notify that PC that the scanner is no longer expected there. In addition, if the scanner is a model 536, Rangecast Configuration changes are needed on the PC receiving the scanner, to set the scanner's Rangecast ID.
[FAQ-1079] Physically connecting a scanner to a PC (black interface box)
The black interface box is a Rangecast hardware unit for connecting up to four scanners to a PC through USB. On the PC side, the interface box has two USB cables, which must both be connected to the PC. For each scanner, two cables from the interface box must be attached -- one cable for data connectivity, and one cable for audio.
[FAQ-1080] Physically connecting a scanner to a PC (RCX interface box)
The RCX interface box is a Rangecast hardware unit for connecting a single scanner to a PC through USB. The RCX box mounts to the back of the scanner, and has a single USB cable that must be connected to the PC.