File Name Type Version Date Notes
Application Note - Battery Use and Storage
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To maximise the battery life of TSL® Readers, the recommendations included in this document should be observed by both customers and distributors/resellers of TSL® products.

1153 User Guide
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User Guide for the 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID reader

Installing the Desktop USB Driver
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To connect a TSL® Reader to a desktop PC via a USB connection, the necessary Virtual COM Port (VCP) drivers must be downloaded from http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm. On that page you can select the appropriate 'setup executable' for your operating system, which will install the drivers for you.

Comparison of Bluetooth® modes for TSL® Readers
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This document provides a comparison of the two available modes of operation (SPP and HID) using Bluetooth® Wireless Technology.

Locating Assets with TSL's Tag Finding Mobile Apps
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This document provides details of how to rapidly locate hard to find tagged items using TSL’s tag-finding Apps such as 'RFID Tag Finder' (available for Android™ and Windows Phone) or the Find-a-Tag feature in 'RFID Explorer for iOS'.

1153 Quick Start Guide
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A quick guide to getting started with the 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader. For more in-depth information, please refer to the 1153 User Guide.

User Guide - UHF Smart Wedge ASCII 2 .NET for Windows Desktop
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User Guide for UHF Smart Wedge ASCII 2 .NET for Windows Desktop.

UHF Smart Wedge ASCII 2 is a solution that converts UHF transponder reads and barcode scans from TSL® ASCII Protocol UHF readers into keyboard presses. This enables UHF and barcode data to be scanned into legacy applications without any changes to the application.

Downloading Firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader
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Icon 1.0 May 24, 2017

The document describes the process of updating firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader.

RFID Web Wedge User Guide
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Icon 1.2 March 16, 2016

RFID Web Wedge is designed to insert RFID (or bar-code) data into Web Applications

Using the EPC filter in TSL Mobile Apps
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TSL’s mobile Apps now provide a feature to restrict the tags that are detected and displayed when performing an RFID scan. This can be used to ensure that only tags of interest to the user are detected and counted. This document details how to specify the EPC filter in TSL's mobile Apps.

    File Name Type Version Date Notes
    TSL PC Firmware Downloader
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    Icon 1.27 June 25, 2021

    Version 1.27 Fix for 2173 Bluetooth reset after download

    ASCII 2 Protocol Explorer for Windows Desktop
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    Icon 1.8 April 13, 2017

    Updated to support the ASCII protocol v2.4.
    The install is now digitally signed.

    UHF Smart Wedge ASCII 2 .NET for Windows Desktop
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    Icon 1.20 October 10, 2016

    UHF Smart Wedge ASCII 2 is a solution that converts UHF transponder reads and barcode scans from TSL® ASCII Protocol UHF readers into keyboard presses. This enables UHF and barcode data to be scanned into legacy applications without any changes to the application.

    v1.20 fixes a number of issues including reading from user memory

    The User Guide can be downloaded here.

    ASCII 2 Protocol Demo App for Windows Mobile
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    Icon 2.0 September 9, 2014

    Demonstrates inventory, read write and other basic commands using the ASCII 2 protocol.

    Download is a CAB file - copy CAB file to the Windows Mobile device and install from there.

    TSL UHF Demo for Windows Mobile
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    Icon 3.19 June 2, 2014

    UHF Demo for Windows Mobile

      File Name Type Version Date Notes
      TSL ASCII Protocol 2.5 Rev A
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      Icon 2.5 Rev A May 7, 2019

      Added and updated many new Response Field Headers and Commands.

       

      TSL ASCII Protocol 2.4 Rev B
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      Icon 2.4 Rev B November 16, 2017

      Added –e option to the .bt command

      TSL ASCII Protocol 2.4 Rev A
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      Icon 2.4 Rev A April 20, 2016

      This document describes the Technology Solutions ASCII 2.4 protocol. The commands and their parameters are detailed along with the responses. Each command has a few examples to aid understanding. The commands all have default parameters and most can be used without change.

      File Name Type Version Date Notes
      Application Note - App Store Submission Process
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      Icon 1.23 May 17, 2024

      Information relating to submitting your TSL-hardware enabled apps to the App Store.

      TSL® ASCII 2 SDK For Android™ - Supporting Devices Running Android 12 or Greater
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      Starting with Android 12 (API31), there is a requirement for many App permissions to be obtained from the user at run-time. By following the advice provided in this document, owners of the latest Android devices can continue to enjoy using your RFID App with their TSL® RFID Reader. 

      Application Note - Battery Use and Storage
      Download
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      To maximise the battery life of TSL® Readers, the recommendations included in this document should be observed by both customers and distributors/resellers of TSL® products.

      Application Note - Changing the Bluetooth® Mode of a TSL® Reader
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      Icon 1.01 July 29, 2019

      TSL® Readers can be operated in Bluetooth® SPP mode where the Reader is controlled by a custom written application or in HID mode, where the Reader behaves like a Bluetooth® Keyboard. This document details how to switch between these modes.

      Application Note - Bluetooth® HID Mode
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      Icon 1.04 July 29, 2019

      The TSL® range of Bluetooth® Readers are able to appear to host devices as an HID keyboard. In this mode the data read by the reader is sent to the host as if it were typed on the host’s keyboard.  This document describes the Bluetooth® HID mode in more detail.

      Application Note - Using the Micro SD Log and Autorun Files
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      Icon 1.02 July 29, 2019

      This document details Log file and Autorun file commands/responses that can be used with TSL®  Readers with a micro-SD card installed.

      1153 Firmware History
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      Icon 1.5 May 2, 2017

      Document detailing the firmware version history of the 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader. Older firmware versions can be found in the 1153 Firmware Page

      Application Note - Selecting, Reading and Writing Transponders with the TSL ASCII 2 Protocol
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      Icon 1.33 April 24, 2017

      This document recaps the behaviour and operation of UHF transponders with respect to selecting, reading and writing, and provides some examples of how to achieve this with the TSL ASCII 2 Protocol.

      Application Note: Modifying the EPC of a Transponder Using RFID Explorer
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      Icon 1.0 March 7, 2017

      It is often necessary to change the existing EPC of a tag to a new value to support either standards-based or custom encoding formats. This document provides examples of how to modify the EPC identifier using the TSL RFID Explorer App.

      Application Note: Modifying the EPC of a transponder
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      Icon 1.0 January 18, 2017

      It is often necessary to change the existing EPC of a tag to a new value to support either standards-based or custom encoding formats. This document provides examples of how to modify the EPC identifier using the TSL ASCII 2 protocol.

        File Name Type Version Date Notes
        ASCII Remote Diagnostic (Windows)
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        Icon 2.5 March 14, 2024

        This Windows application connects to a TSL® RFID Reader (via a USB connection) in order to generate diagnostic information that can be emailed to our Support team. The Virtual COM Port driver must be installed in order for this application to function correctly.

          File Name Type Version Date Notes
          1153_FW_V3.0.5.PFF
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          Icon 3.0.5 August 26, 2022

          v3.0.5

          Fixed error in HID read data header

          1153_FW_V3.0.4.PFF
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          Icon 3.0.4 November 5, 2021

          v3.0.4

          Minor internal improvements

          1153_FW_V3.0.3.PFF
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          Icon 3.0.3 September 2, 2021

          v3.0.3

          Build types no longer set from bootloader3 (BL3 requires FW3.0,0 or greater)
          Added max power, antenna type and region code options to extended frequency table (def 25dBm for BL<3)
          Added .sr -p command to show region and min/max power allowed
          AS: now reports as ETSI or FCC Internal
          Added .tm -hu on/off for hundredths in timestamps

          Other minor improvements

          1153_FW_V2.4.1.PFF
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          Icon 2.4.1 June 28, 2019

          V2.4.1

          Fixed long-standing bug where incorrectly formatted AUTO.TXT could cause reader to hang
          BT IDENT PID now reports 1153)

          1153_FW_V2.3.1.PFF
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          Icon 2.3.1 April 3, 2018

          2.3.1:

          Added faster barcode startup

          Added extra startup beeps - one for HID, two for HII

          Added reset of Bluetooth reconnect mode on .bt -m

          Minor bug fixes


          ***Please Note****  TSL PC Firmware Downloader v1.13 or higher is required to load this firmware. Please also see Application Note – Downloading Firmware and 1153 Firmware History.

           

          Downloading Firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader
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          Icon 1.0 May 24, 2017

          The document describes the process of updating firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader.

          1153 Firmware History
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          Icon 1.5 May 2, 2017

          Document detailing the firmware version history of the 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader. Older firmware versions can be found in the 1153 Firmware Page

            File Name Type Version Date Notes
            RFID Explorer 2 - Android
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            Icon 2.15.0 February 19, 2024

            v2.15.00

            Support has been added for the upcoming 3166 RAIN RFID UHF Reader including control of the various Reader RF Modes, faster ePop-Loq speed and support for Magnus S3-based temperature sensor tags.

            For all TSL Readers:

            The Read/Write screen has seen an update to allow tags to be selected based on the TID or User memory banks, in addition to the EPC memory bank.

            The Inventory screen has had a refresh with improved responsiveness.

            RFID Scan Scan Write
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            Icon 3.8.3 February 2, 2022

            Version 3.8.3

            • BugFix: SGTIN-96 Indicator digit now displayed in the confirmation message (encoding has always been correct)

            Version 3.8.2

            • Android: Updated to target Android 10 SDK (API 29)
            TSL® Reader Configuration
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            Icon 1.3.3 February 1, 2022

            Version 1.3.3

            • Restored the Data Matrix Mirror option - displays 'Cannot be changed' when it is not supported
            • Added support for 212P & 2128L
            • Improved 2173 images.

            v1.3.1

            • Added option for Inverse 1D barcode setting
            • Removed obsolete Data Matrix Mirrored setting
            • Added support for new readers 2173 & 2166
            • UI improvements
            • Minor bug-fixes

            v1.2.0

            • For ePop-Loq and USB OTG connected Readers:
              • the Reader will automatically connect when attached
              • the Option screen now includes controls to switch between SPP and HID modes.
            •  
            • The Reader clock can now be reset to the current time from the Options screen.
            • The Options page now provides the ability to change the mode of the ePop-Loq connector on compatible Readers.
            • The Select Reader screen list now provides images of available Readers.
            RFID Tag Finder Android
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            Icon 1.5.0 January 8, 2019

            v1.5.0

            This release is about connecting!

            • Support for ePop-Loq readers - snap your ePop-Loq cased terminal onto the TSL Reader and you are ready to go!
              For Bluetooth connections, turn the TSL Reader on and :
              • tap the phone/terminal on the Reader's NFC logo or
              • scan the TSL Reader's QR code using the dedicated scanner built-in to the Honeywell/Zebra/Datalogic terminal
            • Finally, RFID Tag Finder can now be configured using an Intent - see Help for details.
              File Name Type Version Date Notes
              TSL ASCII Software Development Kit – for Android™
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              Icon 2.8.0 May 21, 2024

              This release of the native Android SDK introduces ASCII Protocol 3.0 - the backwardly compatible, evolution of TSL's ASCII Protocol 2. The ASCII Protocol 3.0 update provides support for TSL Series 3 Readers, such as the recently introduced 3166 UHF RAIN RFID Reader.

              Additions to the protocol include:

              • The LinkProfileCommand to allow access to the new, faster Series 3 RF Modes.
              • A SelectPause parameter, on the ReadTransponderCommand, to provide the carrier wave needed for optimal reading of Magnus S3 temperature Sensor Tags e.g. HID Sense Passive, Axzon etc...
              • A new SystemCommand that can be used to alter the baud rate of the ePop-Loq connection and adjust the volume of system sounds, such as the power on beep.
              • An AlertVolume parameter, on the AlertCommand, that allows fine-grained control of the alert volume (0-100%).

              See the included "Version History.txt" file for full details.

              The SDK also sees the introduction of:

              • An improved Inventory Sample Project that can access the Series 3 Reader RF Modes for significantly faster tag read rates.
              • A new Sample Code project, for accessing Magnus S3 Temperature Sensor Tags demonstrating all the steps required to reliably access temperature, sensor and RSSI values.
              • A reworked LicenceKey Project that demonstrates the use of an Asymmetric Public Key Cryptography signature approach.

              The v2.8.0 SDK is built for Android API Level 34.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Xamarin .NET Standard Development
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              Icon 2.1.0 November 28, 2022

              This release provides compatibility with the Google 2022 API requirements for Android (API Level 31).

              The sample project in the SDK release has been updated to use the Tsl.AsciiProtocol v1.6.0 NuGet package – which is required when targeting API level 31+.

              When Android 12+ or later is targeted, the following permissions must be both declared in the AndroidManifest.xml and obtained at runtime:

              • Manifest.Permission.BluetoothConnect
              • Manifest.Permission.BluetoothScan

              Until these runtime permissions are obtained from the user, no Bluetooth® devices will be available.

              We provide an example of how to obtain these permissions in the Sample.Connections.Forms.Android sample project.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for iOS
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              Icon 1.6.1 July 8, 2021

              The v1.6.0 release of the TSL iOS SDK is here! With a new FindTag Sample project (implemented in Swift/SwiftUI) and an updated framework supporting ASCII Protocol 2.5, this release is a significant upgrade to our iOS SDK.

              New commands include:
              TSLFindTagCommand (for series 21xx Readers) - controls the Reader's tag finder operation
              TSLBlockPermalockTransponderCommand - to allow tags to be block permalocked
              TSLAutorunCommand - allows the SD-Card's 'auto.txt' file to be read, written or deleted.

              The latest TSLAsciiCommands framework is now available in the new XCFramework format for Xcode 12 users. We have also audited the API to improve type-safety in Swift apps.

              Finally, the included documentation has been completely overhauled and now provides a fresh, modern look, an updated 'Getting Started' section, improved enum type documentation and both ObjC and Swift interfaces for all commands.

              *The v1.6.1 update provides XCFramework ObjC project compatibility and minor documentation updates.

              Developer Resources
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              Icon 1.1 March 25, 2020

              The Developer Resources Pack contains images of our readers, for use in applications developed to support our readers.   

              Terms of Use
              The images in this bundle and the rights pertaining to them, including copyright and ownership, are the sole and exclusive property of Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd 2020.  The images in this bundle are only provided for use in Mobile or Desktop applications that connect to the TSL Reader depicted in the image. No other use is authorised.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Xamarin
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              Icon 1.2 July 18, 2019

              The v1.2 release of the TSL cross-platform, Xamarin SDK (for PCL-based projects) is now available. This release uses the Tsl.AsciiProtocol PCL library v1.3.6 (available via NuGet) which contains many new features including:

              • Full support for ASCII Protocol 2.5 - including the new FindTagCommand to simplify the implementation of tag finding.
              • USB support for UWP-based projects
              • A new connection mechanism (AsciiTransportsManager) while retaining ReaderConnectionManager to maintain full backwards compatibility with existing projects.
              • Sequencing of synchronously executed ExecuteCommand() calls to eliminate cross thread "Command is already executing" exceptions
              • New Bluetooth pairing support via the BluetoothSecurity class
              • HostBarcodeHandler a helper class to initiate a barcode scan on the terminal from reader trigger for supported terminals

              The Sample Projects, in this release, have all been updated to demonstrate USB support for UWP Apps and fix minor bugs. The new, cross-platform, .NET Standard SDK will be released shortly and we recommend that it is used for all new projects.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for .NET CF
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              Icon 1.1 November 28, 2014

              The .NET Compact Framework v1.1 SDK release provides full support for devices running ASCII Protocol 2.2 which includes a new LicenceKeyCommand that resellers can use to uniquely identify their own devices and additions to the SwitchActionCommand to allow the trigger repeat rate to be changed. The sample code includes a new project demonstrating the use of the LicenceKeyCommand.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for .NET Desktop
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              Icon 1.1 November 28, 2014

              The .NET Framework v1.1 SDK release provides full support for devices running ASCII Protocol 2.2 which includes a new LicenceKeyCommand that resellers can use to uniquely identify their own devices and additions to the SwitchActionCommand to allow the trigger repeat rate to be changed. The sample code includes a new project demonstrating the use of the LicenceKeyCommand.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Windows Phone
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              Icon 1.0 May 23, 2014

              Windows Phone version of the ASCII 2 Software Development Kit