2128L Bluetooth® RAIN RFID UHF Reader with High Gain Linear Antenna and ePop-Loq®

  • The 2128L Bluetooth® RAIN RFID UHF Reader uses a high gain linear antenna to provides the greatest read ranges of all of TSL’s handheld RFID readers – up to 15m (49ft) of read range. The Linear Antenna is tuned to give exceptional scanning performance to both the front and sides of the antenna, particularly useful in applications where longer read range is required or where there is a very dense collection of tags.

    The patented TSL ePop-Loq connector allows data and charge connections to be passed from the reader to an attached device, such as a smartphone or handheld terminal.  The unique ePop-Loq system is also designed to safely separate when the reader is subject to large impacts, such as when dropped.

    An Important Note on Linear Antennas and Tag Orientation

    The majority of TSL’s UHF RFID readers use circularly polarised antennas, which divide the available RF power between two polarisations. This allows tags to be read in more orientations, which is ideal for the majority of use cases where tag orientation is inconsistent or cannot be controlled.

    The 2128L Reader uses a linearly polarised antenna, meaning all RF power is output in a single polarisation direction. This enables the huge read ranges possible, with the one catch that tag orientation has a much bigger impact on read ranges. For use cases where tags can be orientated to match the reader (e.g. this could be arranged in garment tracking applications), a linear antenna provides an ideal solution with the greatest possible read range performance. 


    Compatible With

    Android

    iOS

    Windows

    macOS

    Bluetooth®

    RAIN RFID


    Enhanced Modes of Operation

    The 2128L RAIN RFID UHF Reader can provide in-reader tag de-duplication for more than 50,000 unique tags from more than 1 million tag reads. In addition the Reader can store on-board (using the embedded micro SD card) more than 250 million* unique tags with date and time stamping for a truly powerful batch collection mode of operation.

    Sophisticated user feedback provides the most configurable, in-depth and capable ‘search and find’ features currently available.


    Single Point Charge Solution

    The 2128L Docking Station allows charging of both the 2128L RAIN RFID UHF Reader and a smartphone or handheld terminal attached via an ePop-Loq® mount. This unique design can accommodate a wide range of devices from many handheld and smartphone manufacturers. The 2128L Docking Station Kit is supplied separately and includes the docking station, power supply unit and a USB data cable.


    Powerful and Comprehensive Software Development Tools

    The 2128L UHF Reader boasts unrivalled levels of RFID read/write performance, particularly in applications where longer read range is required or where there is a very dense collection of tags.
    Applications developed for the 1128, 2128, 2128P 1153, 1166 or 2166 Readers can easily be configured to work with the 2128L, as all of these readers share TSL’s unique ‘ASCII 2 Protocol’. This sophisticated, parameterised set of commands carry out multiple actions locally within the reader. This approach enables multiple tag operations to be executed using simple pre-configured ASCII 2 commands which not only speeds integration of the reader into applications but also makes application development easier.


    Flexible Bluetooth® Connectivity

    The 2128L supports both Bluetooth® Classic as well as Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE). The reader can be operated in Serial Port Profile (SPP) or Human Interface Device mode (HID), as well as supporting iApp2 for Apple iOS devices. The reader also supports an automatic re-connect mode for both Android and Apple devices.


    Ultra Secure Data Gathering Option

    As the ePop-Loq® system provides a wired connection between the host device and RFID Reader, sensitive data can be given that extra level of security by avoiding the use of wireless data transfer. The 2128L supports batch data collection and is equipped with a Micro SD socket and a real time clock. Up to 250 million* transponder EPCs can be stored on the embedded 16GB* NAND storage card. This provides the ability to collect and log data even if USB or Bluetooth® communication channels are not available. Docking the 2128L then enables this data to be synchronised with a PC.

    * For units manufactured in August 2020 onwards. Units sold before this time will have 8GB of storage.


    The TSL® RAIN RFID UHF Reader Range

    You can compare the specifications of all our Mobile UHF RFID Readers by clicking on the image above.


    Apple MFI Approval

    This product has been certified to meet Apple’s compliance and safety tests.

    iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Physical and Environmental Characteristics

    Dimensions:

    240 x 88 x 180 mm (LxWxH).

    Weight:

    700 g (including integrated battery).

    User input:

    Trigger button.

    User feedback:

    Speaker, vibration motor, LED – user configurable.

    Power:

    Integrated 3.6V, 6700mAh, 24Wh Lithium Polymer pack.

    Minimum operating time1:

    Light use2: 22.5 hrs
    Moderate use3: 15.5 hrs
    Heavy use4: 7 hrs

    Input Rating:

    5.2VDC, 4.0A.

    Enclosure materials:

    Polycarbonate.

    Performance Characteristics

    RFID engine:

    TSL® custom module.

    Communication protocols:

    TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set

    and Impinj binary protocol.

    Memory:

    Embedded 16GB* NAND storage card – store up to 250 million date and time

    stamped EPCs

    * For units manufactured in August 2020 onwards. Units sold before this time will have 8GB of storage.

    Compatible Host devices (Bluetooth®):

    Any Bluetooth® Host5 supporting the Serial Port Profile (SPP) or Human Interface Device (HID) profile (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows). See Bluetooth® Mode Comparison.

    Compatible Host devices (USB):

    Any USB host with FTDI VCP driver support (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android).

    Environmental

    Operating Temp.:

    -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F).

    Charging Temp.:

    0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F).

    Storage Temp.:

    Less than 1 month at -20°C to +45°C (-4°F to 113°F).

    Less than 6 months at -20°C to +35°C (-4°F to 95°F).

    Humidity:

    5% to 85% non-condensing.

    Drop Spec:

    Multiple drops to concrete: 4 ft./1.2 m ambient, 3ft / 0.9m across the operating temperature range.

    Tumble:

    500 0.5 metre tumbles at room temperature (1,000 cycles).

    Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):

    ± 15kVdc air discharge;  ± 8kVdc contact discharge.

    MIL-STD 810F:

    Meets and exceeds applicable MIL-STD 810F for drop, tumble and sealing.

    RFID Performance

    Standards supported:

    EPC Class 1 Gen 2.

    Nominal read range6:

    Up to 15 m (49 ft) (orientation dependent)

    Nominal write range6:

    Up to 6 m (19.6 ft).

    Antenna:

    Linearly Polarised with field shaping.

    Frequency Range:

    865 – 868 MHz (EX1 variant).

    902 – 928 MHz (AX1 variant).

    Maximum Output Power:

    Up to 28 dBm (region dependent)

    + 7.0 dBi Antenna.

    Communication

    Bluetooth®:

    Bluetooth® Version 4.2.

    Bluetooth® Frequency Range:

    2.4 – 2.4835 GHz.

    Bluetooth® Profiles:

    SPP Profile, HID Profile, Apple iAP2, Bluetooth® Low Energy.

    Bluetooth® Range7:

    Up to 100m.

    Bluetooth® Pairing:

    Simple Secure Pairing, NFC OOB Pairing.

    Direct USB

    USB connection to handheld terminal via ePop-Loq® cases (separate purchase).

    Peripherals and Accessories

    External interface:

    Custom connector – requires Docking Cradle for battery charging, and USB connectivity.

    USB operating modes:

    Tethered for real time data capture in conjunction with SmartWedge software. Download of stored scan data.

    Desktop charger:

    TSL® 2128-CRD-02 Docking Cradle (separate purchase).

    Other Accessories:

    New ePop-Loq® cases can be ordered by special request (volume dependent, lead times apply).

    Regulatory

    Regions

    EU (CE), USA (FCC) – see datasheet for details.

    FCC ID

    S6J2128L

    EMC

    EN 55032:2015 +AC:2016
    EN 55024:2010 +A1:2015
    EN 301 489-1 V2.2.0
    47 CFR Part 15B 15.107, 15.109

    RF

    EN 300 328 V2.1.1
    EN 302 208 V3.1.1
    EN 301 489-3 V2.1.1
    EN 301 489-17 V3.2.0
    47 CFR Part 15C 15.247

    RF Exposure

    EN 50566:2017
    EN 62209-2:2010
    EN 50663:2017
    EN 62479:2010
    47 CFR Part 2.1093

    Electrical Safety

    IEC 62368-1:2014 CB
    EN 62368-1:2014 +A11:2017
    UL 62368-1:2014

    Environmental

    2011/65/EU (RoHS 2)

    Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment

    2015/863 (RoHS 3)

    Amendment to Annex II of 2011/65/EU

    1 Minimum operating time figures are based on new units that have been stored, charged and operated within the stated Environmental Specifications. Units stored over 3 months must be recharged every 3 months. Number of transponders in the environment affects minimum operating time.

    2 Light Use: Continuous RFID inventories for 20s of every 120s

    3 Moderate Use: Continuous RFID inventories for 10s of every 30s

    4 Heavy Use: Continuous RFID inventories for 59s of every 60s

    5 Compatible Bluetooth® stack required in the Host device

    6 Tag Read/Write performance is dependent on tag type, items tagged, number of tags in the field and other radio and environmental factors

    7 Open field

  • Please Read: 2128L Ordering Information (PDF)

    2128L Bluetooth® UHF Reader with Linear High Gain UHF Antenna and integrated battery
    Countries Part Number Operating Frequency
    Albania
    Andorra
    Austria
    Belgium
    Bhutan
    Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Bulgaria
    Croatia
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Falkland Islands
    Finland
    France
    French Guiana
    Georgia (Licence
    Required)
    Germany
    Greece
    Greenland
    Guernsey
    Guadeloupe
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Italy
    Jersey
    Latvia
    Liechtenstein
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Macedonia
    Malta
    Martinique
    Monaco
    Montenegro
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Poland
    Portugal
    Romania
    Slovakia
    Slovenia
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    United Kingdom (UK)

    2128L-EX1

    865 – 868 MHz
    4 Channels
    United States of America (USA)
    Guam
    Guatemala
    Northern Mariana Islands
    Ecuador
    Puerto Rico

    2128L-AX1

    902 – 928 MHz
    50 Channels

    Bangladesh

    2128L-AX1-BD

    925 – 927 MHz
    4 Channels

    Brazil (Licensed via ACURA)

    2128L-AX1-BR

    902 – 907.5, 915 – 928 MHz
    50 Channels

    Colombia

    2128L-AX1-CO

    915 – 928 MHz
    24 Channels

    India

    2128L-EX1-IN

    865 – 867 MHz
    4 Channels

    If you are interested in purchasing for a country/region that is not listed above, please contact enquiries@tsl.com for assistance.
    Accessories
    Docking Station, Power Supply, Support Bar and Mini USB Cable 2128-CRD-02-KIT