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OPN2006 & RS2006


The OPN2006 is one of Opticon's newest Bluetooth scanners. Armed with a variety of connection options and the ability to run customizable embedded applications created with the C-Library Kit, the OPN2006 is an incredibly versatile scanner in the same attractive form factor of the OPN2005. The OPN2006 Bluetooth Companion Scanner enables real-time bar code scanning into any Bluetooth ready device including Android, iOS, Blackberry, PC and Mac. The OPN2006 scanner is small – it fits into a pocket or on a key chain and weighs only one ounce. It comes at an affordable price point that enables any business to integrate bar code scanning into mobile applications. The OPN2006 is also programmable: a free SDK programming kit makes it easy to create custom scanning applications. With the addition of Secure Simple Pairing, the OPN Companion Scanner family just got smarter and easier to connect.

The OPN2006 product highlights include:

  • Improved Laser Scanning Module
  • Improved Bluetooth Range
  • Price point makes real-time barcode scanning with an Android, Apple, Blackberry or Windows Mobile host device affordable
  • Supports Secure Simple Pairing in both HID and SPP (Serial Port Profile) Bluetooth profiles for added flexibility
  • Ready-to-go out of the box, just pair it with your device
  • Conveniently holds up to 25,000 scans when batch mode is required
  • Free SDK available to give you the option to customize scanning behavior
  • Simple, one-touch scanning
  • Small form factor - weighs only 1 oz.
  • 100 scans/second laser barcode scanner
  • USB Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Audible and visible feedback after a successful scan

Demo video with the standard Bluetooth Firmware: View

Concepts and Definitions

  • Fixed PIN: a PIN code that is preset in the OPN2006. Typically the last 4 characters of the OPN2006's Bluetooth name.
  • Dynamic PIN: a PIN code that is determined at pair time by the Bluetooth host.
  • HID: Human Interface Device. In the case of the OPN2006, it's recognized as a Bluetooth HID keyboard, meaning that each character of a scanned barcode is transmitted to the host as a keyboard press. HID devices cannot be used as a master at pair time, but after pairing with a Bluetooth host, can switch roles and become master devices for reconnection purposes.
  • SPP (VCP): Serial Port Profile (Virtual COM Port). In the case of the OPN2006, it sends data serially to a serial port on the Bluetooth host. Software running on the host can read from that serial port to capture the data.
  • Embedded Firmware: The embedded OS and application that is present on the OPN2006, and required for its function.
  • Embedded OS: A binary common to all OPN2006s that enables the OPN2006 to function and exposes an API that the OPN2006's embedded applications utilize to "drive" the device.
  • Embedded Application: A binary produced either by Opticon or by a third party utilizing the C-Library Kit; implements the "user interface" and drives the behavior of the OPN2006.
  • Default Firmware, OS, or Application: Refers to standard Opticon software for the OPN2006, typically installed on the OPN2006 at the factory and present out-of-the-box.
    • The OS version string is always RBNVxxyy, where xx denotes the major revision and yy denotes the minor revision. The application version string is RFNaaabb, where aaa denotes the major revision and bb denotes the minor revision. Occasionally, the first 'a' in RFNaaabb is a letter, denoting the specific Opticon office that is responsible for developing the software.

Supported Platforms

The OPN2006 is usable on wide variety of platforms and Bluetooth stacks.

Supported platforms include:

Changing the Volume

To change volume options on your OPN2006, please print and scan your desired setting from pages U124-125 in the Universal menu book. To use these settings, scan the SET barcode followed by your desired setting and then the END barcode. To mute the beeper while scanning print and scan the code linked here.

Charging Indicators

The OPN 2006 will have a solid RED LED light while charging and will turn GREEN when it is fully charged.


To restore to factory defaults or in case the device is not responding, there is a feature that will allow a reset of the OPN2006. To perform a reset, hold down both buttons (clear/function and scan) for 30-40 seconds. This will reset the device and clear past pairing information. Once reset the pairing process will need to be performed to reconnect the OPN2006 to your device or computer.


It is possible to check the current battery level of the companion scanner. Follow the link here then print and scan the barcode to have the scanner output its battery level like it would a regular barcode.

Firmware Loading

There are multiple components to the firmware on an OPN2006 (Bootloader, OS and Application), however the instructions to load them individually or all together are the same. In most cases, all you'll need to do is load the OS, and the proper Application file for your needs.

Follow the directions below to load firmware on to the OPN2006.


  1. Download the, USB Drivers, Firmware File, and Appload which is available in the Software Downloads.
  2. Extract the OPN2006 Firmware, the Appload.zip file, and the USB Drivers Installer.zip file. The OPN2006 Firmware file should be extracted into a convenient folder.
  3. Install Appload by double-clicking the 'Appload Setup.exe' file, which will start the install wizard. The defaults are fine in most cases, so keep clicking 'Next' until you are finished. Appload will launch at the end of the install process.
  4. Connect the OPN2006 to your PC

Install the Firmware

  1. Launch Appload if it is not already running.
  2. We first need to choose the correct COM port. From the main Appload window, select 'Settings' > 'Port', then choose the port that says 'Opticon USB Code Reader'.
  3. Now we can start downloading the OS and Application. For each of the .hex files you downloaded and extracted above, please choose 'File', then 'Download', then navigate to and select the file. You should see a progress indicator and the words 'Initializing IRdA' if this is working.
  4. When complete the OPN2006 will emit a series of beeps and reboot. When the LED is steady RED (indicating charging) or GREEN (indicating fully charged) the process is complete and you may disconnect your OPN2006 from the PC. instruction manuals for the various applications are available for download in the Downloads section.

Youtube tutorial

We have a Youtube tutorial you can follow along with for the firmware loading steps.

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Alternative Modes

In addition to the CSP2 support built into the OPN2006, it is also capable of functioning as either a USB Keyboard or a USB flash drive. Both of these modes eliminate the need for PC software.

When in Keyboard mode, the OPN2006 can scan in real time or store data in memory which can later be transmitted at the push of a button. In flash disk(MSD) mode the OPN2006 stores barcode scans into a text file on the device. The text file can later be accessed simply by plugging in the device.

Batch Mode

This will make the scanner memorize the data and store it temporarily until the transmit data barcode is scanned

  • To put the OPN 2006 in batch mode, Scan the +-MSTR-+ barcode. Device will then be in batch mode and will continue to store the data until the transmit data barcode is scanned.
  • To transmit the data and leave the device in batch mode scan the +-MXMT-+ barcode
  • To transmit the data and start scanning in real time mode scan the +-MSTP-+ barcode
  • To clear all temporary memorized data off the scanner, scan the +-MCLR-+ barcode

Bluetooth Batch Mode Menu Commands

USB Keyboard Mode

This mode allows the OPN2006 to emulate a USB Keyboard. While the OPN2006 is plugged in, any barcodes that are scanned are input wherever the cursor is on screen. When a barcode is scanned while the OPN2006 is disconnected, the barcode is stored in memory. When you want to retrieve scanned barcodes, simply plug the OPN2006 into a computer, and press any key on the device to have it playback all of the barcodes that were scanned while it was disconnected.

To use the OPN2006 in USB Keyboard Mode, print and scan this barcode sheet.

USB 4.0 Bluetooth Low Energy Mode

Bluetooth Low Energy mode provides reduced power consumption and cost while maintaining a similar communication range as a standard Bluetooth connection. iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, macOS, Linux, Windows 8, and Windows 10 all support Bluetooth Low Energy connection. To enable this connection on your OPN-2006, print and scan this barcode sheet from top to bottom.

Alternative Firmware

Storage Application (MSD Mode)

This mode makes the OPN act like a flash disk and stores the batched bar code into a file. When the OPN device is connected to a USB cable and plugged in to a computer, then a window will popup asking if you want to browse the files stored. Any bar codes stored will show up in SCANNED.TXT file. The Firmware: Mass Storage Device Application must be loaded on the OPN2006 in order to enable this mode of operation. To install the Storage Application, follow these firmware loading instructions. Once the storage application is loaded, print and scan this sheet of barcodes to configure the device to act as a flash disk.

Once that's finished, scanning bar codes is as simple as pressing a button. When you want to download your bar code scans, plug the OPN2006 into a computer, and copy the text file out of the flash drive. For more configuration options, see the User Manual: Storage Application. In particular, the very last page has barcodes that can be scanned to configure the layout of the text file.

OPN2001 Simulation

The OPN2001 Simulation is a batch mode application that uses the Companion Application to download the barcodes. To use the OPN2006 with the OPN Companion Application, first the Firmware: OPN2001 Simulation Application must be loaded on to the OPN2006. To install the OPN2001 Simulation Application, follow these firmware loading instructions. You may also need to print and scan this barcode sheet.

Return to Bluetooth Mode

To return the OPN2006 to Bluetooth mode, you will need to load the Firmware: Bluetooth Application. To install the Firmware: Bluetooth Application, follow these firmware loading instructions.


The OPN2006 does not need an SDK for the platforms it supports. Given the fact that it can transmit data serially via Bluetooth SPP or its USB port, or can transmit data as a Bluetooth HID (keyboard) device, SDKs for the various platforms the OPN2006 supports are not required (except for Windows Phone). This is because the manufacturers of those platforms provide APIs for accessing serial ports and managing Bluetooth connections.

When talking about an SDK in relation to the OPN2006, what is referred to is the C-Library Kit. With the C-Library Kit installed, developers are able to create and customize embedded applications for the OPN2006, thus changing and customizing its behavior to better suit their use cases.


Notice: The downloading and use of any Opticon software implies consent with Opticon's End User License Agreement.


Document Description Version Download
Quick Start Guide for OPN-2006 This is the first step for someone setting up the OPN2006 for the first time via Bluetooth. Be certain to pay attention to which Bluetooth mode you use. HID (Human Interface Device) is for Bluetooth HID Keyboards and SPP (Serial Port Profile) is for Bluetooth Serial Ports. If uncertain which one to use, choose HID. Download
Quick Start Guide for the Ring Scanner
This is the first step for someone setting up the RS-2006 for the first time via Bluetooth. Be certain to pay attention to which Bluetooth mode you use. HID (Human Interface Device) is for Bluetooth HID Keyboards and SPP (Serial Port Profile) is for Bluetooth Serial Ports. If uncertain which one to use, choose HID. Download
User Manual: Bluetooth Application This is the user manual for the standard Bluetooth Application, which is pre-loaded on all OPN2006s prior to shipping. Contains setup instructions and some configuration barcodes, including barcodes to toggle the iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) system soft keyboard show/hide feature on and off. March 2022 Download
User Manual: Storage Application This is the user manual for the standard storage application, which is designed to demonstrate the OPN2006's storage (batch) capabilities. This application supports USB-VCP with OseComm , and USB-MSD (flash drive) modes. March 2022 Download
Datasheet Technical details at a glance. Download
Specification Manual This document provides detailed specifications for the OPN2006. For advanced users and system integrators only. Download
iOS toggle Menu Codes This document contains the two barcodes necessary to enable/disable the keyboard toggle feature when paired with Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.). Download
iOS Bluetooth Troubleshooting This document contains screenshots of what you may see when attempting to pair with Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.). Download
Universal Menu Book The Universal Menu Book is a document containing instructions and configuration options for the majority of Opticon's products. Support of the commands in this manual is product specific. A must read for System Integrators. In effect this is the User Manual for all of Opticon's products that do not have a User Manual of their own and a supplement to all others. December 2009 Download


Software Description Version Download
Appload Appload Is Opticon's multi-purpose firmware update utility. It is a Windows PC application that provides the capability to download firmware onto most Opticon products. It also contains a versatile terminal interface that allows serial communication to any serial port connected to the PC (be it RS232, USB-VCP or Bluetooth-SPP). Opticon products can be queried and configured in this manner. EAGV0183
Firmware: OS + Bootloader The Operating System for the OPN2006. Appload (see above) is required for loading the OS onto the OPN2006. Unless instructed by Technical Support it is best to download an Application firmware file as these contain the Bootloader and OS as well as the application in a single file for simpler installation. RANV0017
Firmware: Bluetooth Application This standard application provides Bluetooth functionality and data transfer for both HID and SPP modes, as well as easy toggling of the iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) system soft keyboard. Batch storage is not supported. This application is pre-loaded on all OPN2006s prior to shipping. Appload (see above) is required for loading this application onto the OPN2006. This firmware file contains the latest OS and Application. RBNV0057
Firmware: OPN2001 Simulation Application This application enables the OPN2006 to behave as an OPN2001 with regard to user behavior and PC interaction. The OPN PC Application (see below) is required to transfer data between the OPN and the PC. Note: OPN2006 requires Operating System (OS) firmware of at least RBNV0032. Appload (see above) is required for loading this application onto the OPN2006. NOTICE: Current and future versions of this Application now support USB-HID in addition to the standard CSP2 features. This application also requires OPN200X PC-applation (V2.11 or higher) for configuration and retrieving data, which can be found in the 'software' section RBNV0057
Firmware: Storage Application This application provides a batch storage file of scanned bar codes (MSD mode). Appload (see above) is required for loading this application onto the OPN2006. RBNV0057
C-Library Kit The C-Library Kit is Opticon's SDK for developing custom firmware for many of Opticon's product families (OPN, OPL97xx, OPL98xx, OPH, etc.). Included find sample code, full application samples, library files, documentation, compilers for certain products and more. This download is a zipped collection of the installer and associated files. The Toshiba C Compiler requires a separate download which is located here 2.38 Download
OPN PC Companion Application (OPN200x) The OPN2001 (and any OPN running its version of the OPN2001 emulator firmware) requires the use of a PC side application to communicate and receive the scanned barcode data. This is Opticon's free standard application. A free SDK is also available to customize this application. EGF3800G
OPN PC Companion Application Source Code The Visual Studio source files for Opticon's OPN PC Companion Application EGF3800E Download
Apple MacOS Version 10.15
Demo Application
This is the latest Mac OS version of the popular OPN 2001 Companion Application.
Download this for the most recent version.
Apple MacOS Version 10.14
Demo Application
This is the previous Mac OS version of the popular OPN 2001 Companion Application.
Download this version if the latest version does not run on your Mac OS machine.
OPN Windows Phone Bluetooth SDK This SDK provides SPP-mode support on Windows Phone so that an app developer can transmit and receive data, and manage the connection, all from within their Windows Phone app. This allows app developers to create apps which leverage the features of an Opticon Bluetooth device using a Windows Phone device. 1.0 Download
OPN SDK This SDK is used to develop Windows and Mac OS X side software that will communicate with an OPN2001 or any OPN running its OPN2001 emulation firmware. For the SDK necessary to develop firmware local to the OPN see the C-Library Kit. Version 14 (EGFS003D) Download


Driver Description Version Download
All-In-One PC Drivers USB-to-serial drivers installer package for 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP (32-bit only), Vista 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. This package contains four drivers. The first and fourth drivers are for the Opticon cradles. The second driver is for the OPN200x scanners along with many other Opticon products. The third driver is an ATEN driver for a popular RS232 <-> USB-VCP adapter. You can choose any of the drivers to install on the first screen of the installer program. *Note: Opticon USB Drivers may not install or operate correctly if FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) is enabled on your host computer* 1.615 Download