File Name Type Version Date Notes
    Application Note - Battery Use and Storage
    Download
    Icon 1.01 December 15, 2022

    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.

    2173 User Guide
    Download
    Icon 2.01 December 2, 2022

    User Guide for the 2173 Bluetooth® HF/LF RFID Reader

    Installing the Desktop USB Driver
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    Icon 1.02 July 29, 2019

    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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    Icon 1.02 July 29, 2019

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

    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.

    Pairing TSL® Readers to Windows 8.1 Desktop
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    Icon 1.1 December 8, 2014

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

    Pairing TSL® Readers to Windows 7 Desktop
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    Icon 1.1 December 8, 2014

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

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      TSL PC Firmware Downloader
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      Icon 1.27 June 25, 2021

      Version 1.27 Fix for 2173 Bluetooth reset after download

      TSL 2173 Playground
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      Icon 1.0.0 March 22, 2021

      Demo application for TSL 2173 Bluetooth® LF/HF RFID Reader.

      It allows the user to explore the operation and abilities of LF and HF RFID tags, using the 2173

      NB This is a Windows 10 desktop application

        File Name Type Version Date Notes
        TSL ASCII Protocol 2.5 for HF/LF - Rev A
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        Icon 2.5 Rev A July 30, 2021

        A new branch of the TSL ASCII Protocol 2.5 document, specifically for HF/LF RFID readers such as the 2173 Bluetooth® HF/LF RFID Reader

        Pass Through mode for the 2173 HF/LF reader
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        Icon 21 July 30, 2021

        Developer documentation for the 2173 HF/LF RFID reader, describing the low-level protocol used to control the reader and access the various features of supported tags types.  This document should be read in conjunction with the TSL ASCII Protocol 2.5 for HF/LF - Rev A 

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          TSL® ASCII 2 SDK For Android™ - Supporting Devices Running Android 12 or Greater
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          Icon January 27, 2023

          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
          Icon 1.01 December 15, 2022

          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.

          Application Note – Bluetooth® Auto-Reconnect Mode
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          Icon 1.0 January 3, 2017

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

          Application Note - App Store Submission Process
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          Icon 1.22 July 21, 2016

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

          Application Note - ASCII 2 API Overview
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          Icon 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

          Application Note - USB tethered mode operation.pdf
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          Icon 1.0 December 17, 2014

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

            File Name Type Version Date Notes
            ASCII Remote Diagnostic (Windows)
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            Icon 1.7 January 3, 2019

            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.

              File Name Type Version Date Notes
              kbd_be.hid
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              Icon 1.0.1 October 2, 2020

              HID keyboard mapping file for French Belgian (BE) keyboard layout

              kbd_gr.hid
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              Icon 1.0.0 July 13, 2020

              HID keyboard mapping file for German (GR) keyboard layout

              kbd_fr.hid
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              Icon 1.0.1 July 13, 2020

              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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              Icon 1.0.0 July 4, 2019

              HID keyboard mapping file for United Kingdom (UK) keyboard layout

              kbd_us.hid
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              Icon 1.0.0 July 4, 2019

              HID keyboard mapping file for United States (US) keyboard layout

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

              File Name Type Version Date Notes
              2173_FW_V1.1.9.PFF
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              Icon 1.1.9 September 2, 2022

              v1.1.9

              Added .rt -bs<n>, where <n> may be 0,2,4,8 to swap data in blocks of <n>
              Added HITAG1S to .rt command (reads 32-bit words), offset 0-63
              Added .it -de ani to decode ISO 11784 & 11785 animal tags (FDX-B & HDX)

               

              2173_FW_V1.1.6.PFF
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              Icon 1.1.6 November 9, 2021

              v1.1.6

              Fixed missing alert on barcode read
              Fixed occasional startup issue after replacing battery

              2173_FW_V1.1.5.PFF
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              Icon 1.1.5 November 3, 2021

              v1.1.5

              Added .rt -td hex|asc to allow HID mode to send data as ASCII if possible, non-printable will be sent as hex values [XX] 

              2173_FW_V1.1.4.PFF
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              Icon 1.1.4 September 20, 2021

              v1.1.4

              Added .rt memory block read for MifareClassic, ISO15693 & SRX

              Added HID substring options .hs /hd -sb -sd -se

              2173_FW_V1.0.10.PFF
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              Icon 1.0.10 July 12, 2021

              v1.0.10

              Big improvement in average-use battery life

              Fixed HID over GATT connections to W10 (BLE only)

              2173_FW_V1.0.7.PFF
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              Icon 1.0.7 January 21, 2021

              v1.0.7

              (BLE mode only) Modified connection parameters

              2173_FW_V1.0.6.PFF
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              Icon 1.0.6 July 14, 2020

              v1.0.6

              Fixed issue with forward switch press

              v1.0.5

              Fixed issue with HID timeout setting

              2173_FW_V1.0.4.PFF
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              Icon 1.0.4 October 30, 2019

              v1.0.4

              Changed LowPowerTimeout 5s -> 10s
              RFID SN is now reported as RS:
              AS: now reports model variant 2173-S, 2173-A, 2173-I

              Please contact support@tsl.com before updating from earlier versions

              2173_FW_V1.0.3.PFF
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              Icon 1.0.3 June 28, 2019

              v1.0.3

              Added Bluetooth auto-reconnect

              2173_FW_V1.0.2.PFF
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              Icon 1.0.2 June 27, 2019

              Firmware for the 2173 Bluetooth® HF / LF RFID Reader

                File Name Type Version Date Notes
                TSL ASCII2 Software Development Kit – for Android™
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                Icon 2.6.0 January 19, 2023

                This release introduces an observable connection stateChangedEvent on the AsciiCommander, as replacement for the existing LocalBroadcastManager (which is a deprecated Android API).

                The LocalBroadcastManager support remains in this release to allow developers time to transition to the new approach.

                The Inventory project has been updated to demonstrate the new connection stateChanged events

                This release also addresses an issue that caused barcodes to be truncated when they contained line terminators 0x0D or 0x0A.

                The Rfid.AsciiProtocol JavaDocs have also been updated to provide searchable content.

                Simple Protocol console application example
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                Icon 2.0 April 22, 2021

                An example, console-only .NET application, showing how to use the Simple Protocol with a 2173 reader to read data from the memory of an ISO15693 transponder.

                Updated with new TILF commands

                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.