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User Guides
File Name
Version
Release Date
Type
Notes
Installing the Desktop USB Driver
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1.02
September 23, 2020
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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. Note that there is a setup executable on the same page, which will install the drivers for you.

Comparison of Bluetooth® modes for TSL® Readers
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1.02
September 23, 2020
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This document provides a comparison of the two available modes of operation (SPP and HID) using Bluetooth® Wireless Technology.

2128 User Guide
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1.17
September 23, 2020
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User Guide for the 2128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader

Application Note - TSL Firmware Loader
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1.01
September 23, 2020
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The TSL Firmware Loader is used to ensure that your TSL UHF RFID Reader has fully up-to-date firmware. The initial release supports the 2128 Reader, with additional Reader support arriving in future updates.

Locating Assets with TSL's Tag Finding Mobile Apps
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1.02
September 23, 2020
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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'.

2128 Quick Start Guide
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1.00
September 23, 2020
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A quick guide to help you get started with the 2128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader. For more in-depth information, please refer to the 2128 User Guide.

User Guide - UHF Smart Wedge ASCII 2 .NET for Windows Desktop
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1.0
September 23, 2020
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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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1.0
September 23, 2020
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The document describes the process of updating firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader.

RFID Web Wedge User Guide
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1.2
July 5, 2019
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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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1.0
July 5, 2019
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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.

Applications
File Name
Version
Release Date
Type
Notes
TSL PC Firmware Downloader
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1.25
September 23, 2020
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Version 1.25

ASCII 2 Protocol Explorer for Windows Desktop
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1.8
September 23, 2020
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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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1.20
September 23, 2020
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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 Protocol
    File Name
    Version
    Release Date
    Type
    Notes
    TSL ASCII Protocol 2.5 Rev A
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    2.5 Rev A
    September 23, 2020
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    Added and updated many new Response Field Headers and Commands.

     

    TSL ASCII Protocol 2.4 Rev B
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    2.4 Rev B
    September 23, 2020
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    Added –e option to the .bt command

      Developer Documentation
      File Name
      Version
      Release Date
      Type
      Notes
      Application Note - Changing the Bluetooth® Mode of a TSL® Reader
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      1.01
      September 23, 2020
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      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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      1.04
      September 23, 2020
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      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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      1.02
      September 23, 2020
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      This document details Log file and Autorun file commands/responses that can be used with TSL®  Readers with a micro-SD card installed.

      Application Note - Utilising the Tag Finder Command
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      1.0
      September 23, 2020
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      The new generation of TSL® readers (2128, 2128P and the 2166) support the new FindTag Command (.ft) which
      makes tag-finding easier to understand and implement, allowing the reader to do most of the work.

      Application Note - Selecting, Reading and Writing Transponders with the TSL ASCII 2 Protocol
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      1.33
      September 23, 2020
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      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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      1.0
      September 23, 2020
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      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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      1.0
      September 23, 2020
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      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.

      Application Note – Bluetooth® Auto-Reconnect Mode
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      1.0
      September 23, 2020
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      Information on enabling Bluetooth® Auto-Reconnect Mode on iOS Devices.

      Application Note - App Store Submission Process
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      1.22
      July 5, 2019
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      Information relating to submitting your TSL-hardware enabled apps to the App Store.

      Application Note - Advice for Implementing a “Tag Finder” Feature
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      1.0
      July 5, 2019
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      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.

      Diagnostics
      File Name
      Version
      Release Date
      Type
      Notes
      ASCII Remote Diagnostic (Windows)
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      1.7
      September 23, 2020
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      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.

      V1.7 - Improved Bluetooth® and RFID tests. Please uninstall previous version before installing this one.

      V1.4 - Further Bluetooth® and barcode engine tests added.

        Drivers
        File Name
        Version
        Release Date
        Type
        Notes
        kbd_be.hid
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        1.0.1
        October 2, 2020
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        HID keyboard mapping file for French Belgian (BE) keyboard layout

        kbd_gr.hid
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        1.0.0
        September 23, 2020
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        HID keyboard mapping file for German (GR) keyboard layout

        kbd_fr.hid
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        1.0.1
        September 23, 2020
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        HID keyboard mapping file for French (FR) keyboard layout

        v1.00 First release
        v1.01 Fixed mapping for < >

        kbd_uk.hid
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        1.0.0
        September 23, 2020
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        HID keyboard mapping file for United Kingdom (UK) keyboard layout

        kbd_us.hid
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        1.0.0
        September 23, 2020
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        HID keyboard mapping file for United States (US) keyboard layout

        (NB This is the default layout and not normally required)

          Firmware
          File Name
          Version
          Release Date
          Type
          Notes
          2128_FW_V1.4.0.PFF
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          1.4.0
          September 23, 2020
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          v1.4.0

          New Singapore regulatory region "sga" (same as old "sg")
          Old Singapore regulatory region "sg" region uses lower power (500mW)
          Attached terminal can now charge even if reader battery has started flat
          Other minor bug fixes

          2128_FW_V1.3.9.PFF
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          1.3.9
          September 23, 2020
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          v1.3.9

          Added Power Handle battery serial number reports
          Added missing QT: header for .rd -qm3

          2128_FW_V1.3.8.PFF
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          1.3.8
          September 23, 2020
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          v1.3.8

          Fixed issue with HID codes
          iAP Bundle ID can now be cleared if required
          Added support for unattended updates (app support required)
          FindTag (.ft) command now an option on Switch Action (.sa)
          Added HID substring support
          Added Regulatory Region Brunei (BN)
          Modified Regulatory Region Indonsia (ID)

          Other minor bug fixes

          2128_FW_V1.3.5.PFF
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          1.3.5
          September 23, 2020
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          v1.3.5

          Added support for 2102 PowerHandle
          Optimised internal tag reports to improve performance
          Added optional Phase and Channel reports
          Added new FindTag (.ft) command
          Added optional Inventory Duplicate Removal (Not IH21. Also needs hardware modification)
          Added HID language support
          Added Regulatory Region Albania (DZ)
          Added support for 2129 Antenna

          Other minor bug fixes

          Downloading Firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader
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          1.0
          September 23, 2020
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          The document describes the process of updating firmware to a TSL ASCII Protocol Reader.

            Mobile Apps - Android
            File Name
            Version
            Release Date
            Type
            Notes
            RFID Explorer 2
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            2.7.0
            September 23, 2020
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            Version 2.7.0

            In this release we introduce a Basic/Advanced mode toggle switch in the Settings.

            All the functionality of the previous release is now available by switching to Advanced Mode but to provide a gentler introduction for new users, the App defaults to Basic mode.

            Basic Mode consists of:
            A simplified Inventory screen display
            The functionality of the Read/Write screen is hidden to prevent accidental modification of tags.

            This release also adds support for the 2128P and 2128L readers.

            TSL® Reader Configuration
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            1.3.1
            September 23, 2020
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            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 Scan Scan Write
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            3.3.1
            September 23, 2020
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            3.3.1

            This release provides support for using the built-in barcode scanner for Honeywell Android handheld devices such as the D75e, CT40, CT50, CT60 & EDA51. This feature uses the "Honeywell Android Data Collection Intent API" so may require an update to the Common_ES package on the device.

            Tags with an existing EPC over 256 bits long can now be encoded.

            Improved writing to small tags

            RFID Tag Finder (ePop-Loq® version)
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            1.0.0
            September 23, 2020
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            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 , 218P and 2166 UHF RFID 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
              Developer Resources
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              1.1
              September 23, 2020
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              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 .NET Standard Development
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              2.0.1
              September 23, 2020
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              Welcome to the full release of the next major version of the Tsl.AsciiProtocol SDK for .NET Standard development. With this release we debut Reader Operations - an alternative API to simplify many of the  common RFID tasks such as Inventory, Scanning barcodes, Reading from and Writing to tags. We have also implemented a "Tag Finder" Operation, an oft requested addition to the TSL SDK.

              The SDK ships with a multi-page, Xamarin Forms Sample Project, built to demonstrate the use of the ReaderOperations and AsciiTransportsManager API.

              The Sample App supports Android, iOS, Windows UWP and Windows WPF.

              This release uses the Tsl.AsciiProtocol.Std library v1.4.0 (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.
              • The new ReaderOperation API to help simplify RFID App development.
              • 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 allowing Apps to programatically initiate a pairing to a Reader
              • HostBarcodeHandler - a helper class to initiate a scan on supported terminal barcode scanners. (Currently supports Honeywell, Zebra, Motorola, Symbol and Datalogic terminals)

              The Tsl.AsciiProtocol.Std library is also designed to be backwards-compatible with Tsl.AsciiProtcol PCL library code to provide your project with a smooth transition to .NET Standard.

              The release contains documentation in HTML format (Docs/HTML folder)

              Open "Docs/HTML/Index.html" with your favourite browser and go to the Concepts Page where you will find information about TSL's APIs and the Getting Started guide.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Android™
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              2.2.1-GM
              September 23, 2020
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              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Android™ v 2.2.1

              This is the full release of the significant update for the Android SDK - bringing new commands, such as BlockPermalockCommand and FindTagCommand, along with new Sample Projects to demonstrate their use. Click here for more information on this update.

              TSL ASCII 2 Software Development Kit – for Xamarin
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              1.2
              September 23, 2020
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              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 iOS
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              1.4.1
              September 23, 2020
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              TSL ASCII 2.0 SDK v1.4.1 for iOS adds support for the 2128 UHF RFID 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.