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RFIdeas – Ethernet 241 configuration & setup with SAFEQ Cloud

This guide is to configure and setup RFIdeas Ethernet 241 controller for IP card reader solution to be used with SAFEQ Cloud.
The controller is a two-port switch that connects between a network device, such as a printer, and its network. Included USB and serial ports provide an interface to a wide variety of RFIDeas card readers. The controller can send badge data to the SAFEQ Cloud server which will use the badge data information to control the dispatching of jobs to the printer.
You can read more about the product please see – Ethernet 241 Controller
This how-to guide has 3 parts –

  • Prerequisites
  • Ethernet 241 Configuration
  • SAFEQ Cloud Configuration


Get MAC address printed on the back of Ethernet 241. Use it to get IP address of controller from DHCP server in the network.
  • RFIDeas Ethernet 241 requires a RFIDeas pcProx card reader with part numbers ending in AK5
  • SAFEQ Cloud server version – 3.1 onward is installed and licensed
  • Verify Ethernet 241 controller is plugged-in to power supply and is connected to the network and is reachable on browser at http://<ip address of Ethernet 241 controller>/index.htm
  • Ethernet 241 controller is located next to printer/MFD where it will be used to release print jobs.
  • Verify compatible card reader is connected to the switchbridge on USB port and a test has been performed to ensure the reader is able to read the utilized ID cards. Confirmation that cards are read properly can be obtained from the Log tab available through the controller configuration web page. A successful card recognition entry will look similar to: 0.01:48:39.7 DEBUG Reader 1 Card Presented: Dec Id=33459, Hex Id=7082B3, Bits=24

Ethernet 241 controller configuration

You might have to logon to the controller if an admin password was configured previously
MAC Address – Take note of MAC Address of Card Reader. This will be used to configure Card Reader in SAFEQ Cloud. The MAC address is on the back of the Ethernet 241 controller and it also shown under the ‘Status’ tab of the Web UI

Open Ethernet 241 controller’s web page http://<ip address of controller>/index.htm

Go to Server tab to add following detail –

  • All settings that start with Init are not used and can be ignored.
  • Data Server Ip – this setting is not used. Leave it as default
  • Data Server Url – Add IP address of SAFEQ Cloud server as applicable in following format https://<server-address> In case the communications should be non-encrypted replace the https prefix with http.
  • Data Server Port – Port 7300 can be used in case the communication between the controller and the server must be encrypted using HTTPs. For non-encrypted communication, port 7303 can be used
Please note: Not every RFIdeas 241 Card Reader may be HTTPs compatible. Please check with the manufacturer guidelines before setting up the data server ports.
  • Data Server Str – Add SAFEQ Cloud API path /api/v1/card?cd=$1&Mac=$2
    Note: no spaces should be added before, after or in this string or the reader will not be able to communicate with the server.
  • The other four remaining settings can be ignored.
  • Select Update to save settings
    Refer to below image for sample configuration settings

SAFEQ Cloud Configuration

  • Edit SAFEQ Cloud API Service on primary/gateway as applicable to ‘Enable plain API port’ (optional – needed only if you want to use plain port)
  • Edit Printer Settings in SAFEQ Cloud to add MAC ID of Ethernet 241 controller on Printer/MFD where ‘swipe-and-release’ feature has to be used
  • Enroll cards on available MFD to use that card with IP card reader solution. If its not a possibility, add Card ID to the user in SAFEQ Cloud using SAFEQ Cloud public API. Link to API documentation is here. Please note that you will need to read Card ID from the Reader if not already known. One way to do so is to open notepad application on computer and plug the reader into its USB port. Card ID of the reader will be printed on the notepad.

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