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Are There Any UHF USB Readers on the Market?

Posted By RFID Journal, 06.06.2014

I would prefer a unit that has some configuration options available. Is such a thing available?

—Name withheld


I recommend ThingMagic's USB Plus+ RFID Reader, a low-cost platform for developing and deploying interactive read-write applications. The USB Plus+ is controlled and powered by a host PC or a laptop via a USB interface, and is compatible with ThingMagic's application-development tools, permitting the rapid creation of RFID solutions. With a software-adjustable read distance of up to 3 feet (0.91 meter), the device supports a variety of applications and can be used to commission high-memory tags and read small form-factor RFID tags effectively.

Microelectronics Technology, Inc. (MTI) offers the RFID ME USB Dongle, which can read and write to all EPC Gen 2-compliant RFID tags. The device comes with graphical user interface demonstration software and source code, as well as a Low Level Command Set (LLCS) application programming interface (API).

There are several other companies that offer USB readers, but I am unaware of any software that comes with them for configuring the device or developing applications.

IDRO makes a passive UHF USB reader-writer (model IDRO900RW), designed to deliver good performance at a low cost.

Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd. makes a low-profile desktop UHF RFID reader designed to read and write EPC Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO18000-6C) UHF tags. It is powered and communicates via a standard USB connection, so it can be hosted by any PC, and has a built-in circular-polarized antenna for operation in either European (ETSI EN 302 208) or North American (FCC) environments.

Tertium Technology's IceKey UHF is an RFID reader that is used to perform read-write operations on major UHF RFID tags. It has an integrated antenna with a reading capacity of 120 centimeters, depending on the tag used, and connects to any PC or laptop via a USB port.

And GAO RFID offers the USB Enabled UHF Mini RFID Reader-Writer 216008.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


Stefano Coluccini 2014-06-25 11:01:45 AM
Hi Mark, one missing reader of this type that you missed to mention is the CAEN RFID Slate (Model R1260I) ... quite strange since it is on the market from 2010. The Slate reader is fully configurable and, as all the CAEN RFID readers, is compatible with CAEN RFID APIs that permits to develop any application very easily. For your knoledge, you can find more info at this link: http://www.caenrfid.it/en/CaenProd.jsp?mypage=3&parent=61&idmod=753. Cheers, Stefano.

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