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Symbol Bar Code scanner LS2208 won't scan small font 39 bar code 46 characters long alpha numeric the font is AdvC39b and font size is 3.5 my question is the Symbol LS2208 scanner cable of scanning that bar code? If it is are there setting that need to be adjust on it to do it? If it's not can you provide a recommendation?

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  • ehockey2000 May 12, 2010

    The LS 2208 symbol bar code scanner works on bigger font 39 barcode labels so I know the scanner works. I need to know if it should be able to scan a font size 3.5 3of9 barcode. If not what is a solution?



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It should scan any code bar no matter the font ...cause those are on the standard used for all bar code scanners..So if it do not scan it is just a one case exception and those that print it is to blame ...anyway try to reinstall the driver and look on the manufacturer site for updates...maybe its a newly standard and there are updates available..
Also try more than one code of the same font to see if some of them have imperfections or something ..

Posted on May 12, 2010

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    Catalin Turcu May 12, 2010

    The greatest
    strength of the LS2208 lies in the scan engine designed by Symbol. In
    testing wide barcodes, we were able to get it to read barcodes 7”
    wide, with about 50 characters encoded. For density, our LS2208 was capable
    of reading barcodes as small as 4.9 mil, excellent for retail use. This
    scanning robustness means the LS2208 will easily scan any barcode you
    will encounter in general use, and has the capability of scanning more
    complicated linear barcodes as needed.Light resistance
    is the bane of a barcode scanner’s existence, and the LS2208 is
    no exception. When scanning from a standard range of 4 inches, the scanner
    could not easily read barcodes in direct sunlight or with our 250w spotlight
    within 12”. The LS2208 does act as a contact scanner, which can
    eliminate the problem, but only for barcodes about 1.5” wide.

    Density Barcode Scanned



    Barcode Scanned



    Barcode Scanned

    38 mm


    Ideal Conditions (Standard 100% UPC-A)

    0 inches
    – 17 inches


    Multiple Barcodes in close proximity

    accurate, but can have problems with densely populate barcodes


    Scan through plastic layers

    2 Layers


    Multicolored Barcodes Successfully Scanned

    Grey, B & W Inverse


    Barcodes Not Scanned

    Red, Yellow, Black on Dark Grey


    Sunlight Test

    scans until spotlight was at 12”

    Averagethis is from its I believe it should scan the 3.5 with no problem ...the issu emay be in settings ..I understood that it does have a interface that allow to make changes...

    this is the actual text :
    If further configuration
    is required, the LS2208 comes with a quick start guide to change some
    basic functionality of the unit. A full configuration guide as well as
    scanner configuration software are available both at and

    So check the guide..also on the manufacturer site for special settings that will enable it to read them ..if still will not be means it is either damaged or they just brave out when said it can..

  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu May 12, 2010

    by the way did say that failed some tests on some colors...maybe this is to blame ..and not the actual font.or size..

  • ehockey2000 May 12, 2010

    this is the actual bar code i am trying to scan with the Symbol LS2208 scanner but it won't read it.

    the bar code font is AdvC39b


    GGAD8364Y/250 QTY: 250



    REC'D 05-12-10 QA ID: 52129 PKG 2 of 3

    1/4" (.25") or .6cm

  • ehockey2000 May 12, 2010

    ok... this is the actual bar code I am scanning with the symbol LS2208 scanner.

  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu May 12, 2010

    if it is just one it may be the possibility that it has an issue or is damaged or something ..cause from what it is said in the review it should read it ...try to enlarge it ..or something ..if you need to store the info in something ..


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symbol bar code is plug and pay there is no software along with it may be some proble with cable only

just try in excel sheet to scane your code if it's scaning it meance there is no problem with your scanner there will be some setteing with your pos software wich your using for bar code

Posted on May 12, 2010

  • What are GTIN, GTINs, GS1, GS1-US?

    Starting in 2005 there was an introduction to a new barcode type, the GS1. The GS1 is a new name for EAN International and GS1-US is the new name for the UCC or Uniform Code Council. The new barcodes are GTIN barcodes UCC.EAN-13, UCC-12, UCC.EAN-8. Which are variants of other barcode types.

    Are both EAN and UPC necessary on products sold in North America?

    Starting in 2005 both Canada and the USA require to have both EAN and UPC barcodes types label on products being sold at a retail level.

    How small can my barcode be?

    IT Depends on the barcode type you're using. For EAN-128 and code 3of9 it is recommended to use 8 millimeters or 3.2 inches. For UPC, the dimensions cannot be an less then one inch in width. If your barcode is too small the scanners will have a hard time reading them.

    How do I get a bar code number for my product?
    If you plan on selling your product to end users at store level through a distribution channel, retail, you'll need the UPC barcode type. If not, the barcode type is determined by the industry you're selling to o.



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