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User Guides
File Name
Version
Release Date
Type
Notes


1.28
November 28, 2017

User Guide for the 1153 Wearable Bluetooth® UHF RFID reader

1.01
November 15, 2017

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

1.0
May 24, 2017

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

0.51
December 21, 2016

A Quick Start Guide for the 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader

1.01
June 13, 2016

To connect a TSL ASCII UHF RFID 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. Note that there is a setup executable on the same page, which will install the drivers for you.

1.2
March 16, 2016

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

1.01
June 22, 2015

Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd (TSL) provides a series of mobile applications to complement the TSL range of ASCII2-compatible, Bluetooth® UHF readers. This guide describes setting up a tag finding App, provides some guidelines for the physical search operation and also describes the support provided for various UHF RFID tag encodings.

1.0
June 22, 2015

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.

1.1
December 8, 2014

This document describes how to pair a TSL Bluetooth® Reader to a Windows 8.1 desktop computer. The process is similar for other desktop computers.

1.1
December 8, 2014

This document describes how to pair a TSL Bluetooth® Reader to a Windows 7 desktop computer. The process is similar for other desktop computers.

    Applications
    File Name
    Version
    Release Date
    Type
    Notes


    1.20
    February 19, 2018

    V1.20: Added support for 2128 reader firmware v1.0.0

    Please note: Older versions of the TSL PC Firmware Downloader should be uninstalled before installing v1.20

    1.8
    April 13, 2017

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

    1.10
    October 10, 2016

    Version 1.10

    An option to transfer all data via the clipboard has been added that can improve the data transfer rate
    Keyboard Hot keys can now be specified for the Single press, Double press and Reset Cache actions
    The ability to save the list of unique transponders seen to a CSV file as part of the Duplicate handling options has been added.
    Added the option to enable/disable the Alert sounds for barcode, inventory, read transponder
    The location of the User.config settings file can now be accessed via a link at the bottom of the Settings window - this can be used to copy configuration files between machines
    The Installer can now upgrade existing installations
    Improved the error reporting

    Bug Fixes:
    Fixed an issue with the Read settings when connecting an 1153
    An issue with reader configuration when using non barcode 1128 has been fixed
    Fixed issues with Prefix and Postfix values not being preserved
    An issue with transponder EPC single settings has been fixed.
    Settings are now applied consistently as the Reader connects

    1.6
    June 14, 2016

    Used to update the Bluetooth firmware in TSL readers when upgrading an 1128 to user firmware v4.0.0 or higher or upgrading an 1153 to user firmware 2.0.0 or higher.

    v1.6 - Digitally signed the install. Bluetooth reset fix. Idle recovery fix.

    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.

    3.19
    June 2, 2014

    UHF Demo for Windows Mobile

      ASCII Protocol
      File Name
      Version
      Release Date
      Type
      Notes


      2.4 Rev B
      November 16, 2017

      Added –e option to the .bt command

      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.

        Developer Documentation
        File Name
        Version
        Release Date
        Type
        Notes

        1153 Developer Documentation

        1.0
        November 15, 2017

        TSL® Bluetooth® UHF RFID Readers can be operated in 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.

        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

        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.

        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.

        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.

        1.0
        January 3, 2017

        Information on enabling Bluetooth® Auto-Reconnect Mode on iOS Devices.

        1.22
        July 21, 2016

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

        1.0
        June 22, 2015

        This document details appropriate parameters for an Inventory command in a reader supporting the TSL ASCII 2 protocol (such as the 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader) to be used in the implementation of a “Tag Finder” operation.

        1.0
        May 29, 2015

        This document describes how to update the Bluetooth® Firmware within a TSL UHF RFID Reader

        1.0
        January 14, 2015

        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'.

        1.0
        January 7, 2015

        Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd has implemented a common object model for Android, iOS, Windows Desktop, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. This document is provided as an overview of using this object model to perform ASCII 2 commands with a TSL ASCII 2 device

        1.0
        December 18, 2014

        The TSL® range of Bluetooth® connected UHF RFID 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.

        1.0
        December 17, 2014

        This document describes USB charging behaviour, safety features and the best programming practises for tethered mode operation.

        1.0
        August 15, 2014

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

          Diagnostics
          File Name
          Version
          Release Date
          Type
          Notes


          1.4
          June 14, 2016

          This Windows application connects to an 1128 or 1153 UHF RFID Reader (via Micro USB) 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.

          V1.4 - Further Bluetooth® and barcode engine tests added.
          V1.2 - Digitally signed the install.

            Firmware
            File Name
            Version
            Release Date
            Type
            Notes


            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.

             

            1.0
            May 24, 2017

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

            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

              Mobile Apps - Android
              File Name
              Version
              Release Date
              Type
              Notes


              2.1.2
              April 4, 2018

              This version of RFID Explorer 2 for Android, with the same feature set as the Play Store App, provides support for the ePop-Loq® connector on 2128 and IH21 Readers. With a terminal in an ePop-Loq® case and mounted on the 2128/IH21 Reader, a 'TSL Reader' option will be available in the Select Reader screen. The Reader needs to have the ePop-Loq® connector in Charge and data mode (use TSL Reader Configuration App to change this).

              v2.1.2

              • Minimum required version of Android now 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

              v2.1.1

              • Improved support for reader sharing with other apps
              • Added reconnect to last connected reader
              • Inventory Session & Display options now saved
              • Added reader images to connect page list

              v2.1.0

              • Added support for new 2128 (IH21) UHF reader
              • Added support for changing Inventory Sessions
              • Fixed issue with Output Power level not always being set
              • Various minor bug-fixes
              1.2.0
              March 22, 2018

              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.

              3.1.1
              March 14, 2018

              3.1.1

              This release fixes an issue where connected Readers were not detected if the App was launched after the Reader was attached. It also provides improvements when switching between Apps that use the ePop-Loq® connector.

               

              3.1.0

              RFID Scan Scan Write can now connect to Readers through the ePop-Loq® connector and via USB OTG.

               

              3.0.9

              This update adds support for Bluetooth® connections to 2128 and IH21 Readers.

              1.0.0
              February 21, 2018

              This special version of RFID Tag Finder for Android, with the same feature set as the Play Store App, is able to connect to Readers with ePop-Loq® connectors, such as the 2128 and IH21 Readers. Snap a terminal, in an ePop-Loq® case, onto the Reader and the App will automatically launch, connect and be ready for use!

              Note that there is no support for Bluetooth® device connections in this version. This App can be installed along-side the Play Store (Bluetooth®) version and will identify as "TSL ePL Tag Finder".

                Software Development Kits
                File Name
                Version
                Release Date
                Type
                Notes


                1.0
                May 21, 2018

                The Developer Resource 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 2018.  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.

                1.4.7
                May 15, 2018

                TSL UHF ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Android

                V1.4.7

                The V1.4.7 is a bug fix release that resolves a bug in StringHelper.comparableVersionValue() that prevented minimum antenna power being correctly reported via DeviceProperties.  This release also adds a missing TransponderAccessErrorCode enumeration for ACCESS_ERROR (generated only by 1153).

                v1.4.5

                This update provides support for the upcoming 2128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader. An additional parameter is also added to the FactoryDefaultsCommand to change the operating mode of the ePop-Loq® connector.

                1.4.1
                March 5, 2018

                TSL UHF ASCII 2.0 SDK v1.4.1 for iOS adds support for the 2128/IH21 reader and provides a popLoqMode parameter on the FactoryDefaultsCommand to allow changes to the mode of the ePop-Loq® connector on compatible devices.

                Bug fixes:

                All Sample projects have been updated to address a connection issue when switching Apps using the iOS task-switcher. This change moves the disconnection of the current Reader into the will ResignActive: method. We strongly recommend developers implement this approach to ensure multiple Apps can work effectively while sharing a single Reader.

                See the included "Framework Version History.txt" file for additional release details.

                1.1.0
                February 26, 2018

                The v1.1.0 release of the Xamarin SDK is now available and adds support for using ePop-Loq® & USB connected readers with Android devices.

                The goal of this release was to provide direct Reader connection support in the simplest way possible for existing Xamarin SDK users - changes needed are described in the included document: "Adding ePop-Loq Support to a Xamarin SDK App".

                The following Sample Apps have been updated to demonstrate the ePop-Loq® USB support:

                Sample.Inventory

                Sample.ChangeEpc

                Sample.LicenceKey

                Sample.ReadWrite

                Sample.Switch

                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.

                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.

                1.0
                May 23, 2014

                Windows Phone version of the UHF ASCII 2 Software Development Kit