2173 Bluetooth® LF/HF RFID Reader

  • The 2173 Bluetooth® LF/HF RFID Reader enables a compatible Bluetooth® host device to read and write a wide variety of Low Frequency and High Frequency RFID transponders as well as capture 1D and 2D barcodes (Imager version only). These can be ‘typed’ into any application on the host device using the Bluetooth® HID keyboard mode. Alternatively, the Reader can be commanded from an app on the host device. As the 2173 Reader uses the existing TSL® ASCII 2 Protocol, developers can take advantage of the comprehensive, free SDKs provided by TSL® to develop in Xamarin, Java, Objective C or .NET.

    Made for iPod iPhone iPad


    TSL® Reader Configuration

    TSL® Reader Configuration

    TSL® Reader Configuration enables the user to configure the barcode scan engine (if present) within TSL® Readers.

  • Physical and Environmental Characteristics

    Dimensions (LxWxH): 10.2 cm x 5.5 cm x 5.6 cm
    Weight (incl. battery): 157 g / 5.5 oz
    User input: Two trigger buttons
    User feedback: Speaker, vibration motor, three LEDs
    Power: Removable, rechargeable 3.7 volt Lithium Polymer 1130 mAh battery pack, 4.2 watt hrs
    Enclosure materials: Polycarbonate

    Performance Characteristics

    Communication protocols: TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set
    Memory: Supports up to 32 GB Micro SD/SDHC card
    Compatible Host devices (Bluetooth®): Any Bluetooth® Host supporting the Serial Port Profile (SPP) or Human Interface Device (HID) profile (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows).  Comparison of Bluetooth® modes for TSL® UHF Readers
    Compatible Host devices (USB): Any USB host with FTDI VCP driver support (Android, Linux, Mac, Windows)


    Operating Temperature: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
    Charging Temperature: 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)
    Storage Temperature: Less than 1 month at at -20 to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
    Less than 3 months at -20°C to +45°C (-4°F to 113°F)
    Less than 1 year at -20°C to +30°C (-4°F to 86°F)
    Humidity: 5% to 85% non-condensing
    Drop specification: 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)
    Environmental Sealing: IP54
    Electrostatic Discharge: ± 15kVdc air discharge; ± 8kVdc contact discharge
    MIL-STD 810F: Meets and exceeds applicable MIL-STD 810F for drop, tumble and sealing
    Construction: RoHS compliant

    RFID Performance

    Frequency Range: 125/134.2 kHz (LF) / 13.56 MHz (HF)
    Read Distance: LF and HF: Up to 100 mm / 4”
    (dependent on transponder type).
    RF Transmission Speed: HF Air: up to 848 kbit/s
    Standards supported: ISO14443A, ISO14443B, ISO18092 ECMA-340 (NFC), ISO15693 plus many 125 kHz, 134.2 kHz standards.

    Barcode Scanning

    Barcode module: Optional 2D imager
    Sensor Resolution: 752 x 480 pixels
    Field of View: Horizontal: 40°, Vertical: 25°
    Focal Distance: SR: 8 in. DL: 5.3 in. HD: 2.9 in.
    Aiming LED (VLD): 655 ±10nm Laser
    Illumination Element: 625 ±5nm LEDs (2x)
    Min. Print Contrast: Minimum 25%
    Symbologies Supported: 1D: All major codes
    2D: PDF417, MicroPDF417, Composite, RSS, TLC-39, Datamatrix, QR code, Micro QR code, Aztec, MaxiCode Postal Codes: US PostNet, US Planet, UK Postal, Australian Postal, Japan Postal Dutch Postal (KIX)
    DL Focus Near Far
    5 mil Code 39 1.4 in./36 mm 7.3 in./185 mm
    100% UPC 1.6 in./41 mm 12 in./305 mm
    5 mil PDF417 2.8 in./71 mm 4.5 in./114 mm


    Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® Version 4.2
    Bluetooth® Profiles:

    SPP Profile

    HID Profile

    Apple iAP2

    Bluetooth® Low Energy

    Bluetooth® Power: Class 2
    Bluetooth® Range4: 30m
    Bluetooth® Pairing: PIN, Simple Secure Pairing, NFC OOB Pairing

    Peripherals and Accessories

    External Interface: Micro USB connector for battery charging and USB connectivity.
    USB Operating Modes:
    1. Tethered for real time data capture in conjunction with SmartWedge software.
    2. Download of stored scan data.
    Optional accessories:

    2136 4-Slot battery charger

    2112 Docking Station (Coming Soon)


    • EN 55032:2015 +AC:2016
    • EN 55024:2010 +A1:2015
    • EN 301 489-1 V2.1.1
    • 47 CFR 15.107, 15.109
    • EN 300 328 V2.1.1
    • EN 300 330 V2.1.1
    • EN 301 489-3 V2.1.1
    • EN 301 489-17 V3.1.1
    • 47 CFR 15.209, 15.225, 15.247
    Radio Exposure:
    • EN 62311:2008
    • EN 50364:2010
    • EN 62479:2010
    • 47 CFR 2.1093
    • IEC 62368-1:2014
    • EN 62368-1:2014 +AC:2015
    Laser Safety:
    • IEC 60825-1:2014, EN 60825-1:2014
    • IEC 62471:2006, EN62471:2008
    • 21 CFR 1040.10
    RoHS: 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


    The TSL® 2173 reader is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of one year (12 months) from date of shipment, provided the product remains unmodified and is operated under normal and proper conditions.


    1 Compatible Bluetooth® stack required in the Host device
    2 Tag Read/Write performance is dependent on tag type, items tagged, number of tags in the field and other radio and environmental factors
    3 Artificial lighting can affect scanning performance
    4 Open field

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