RFIDReader.com provides product information about fixed RFID readers, mobile RFID Readers and handheld RFID readers from the top reader manufacturers. To help you locate the right RFID reader you can search by Reader Type, Manufacturer or Frequency.
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Single port or all-in-one RFID readers - Great for RFID applications that require a single read point.
Two port readers - RFID applications that require up to two read points.
Four port readers - utilized for high accuracy or difficult to read RFID applications
Fixed readers are suitable for applications like tracking items through dock doors, conveyors, doorways or any stationary choke point
RFID readers in a ergonomically size package. Great for RFID applications that require portability.
Readers with the durability and form factor to be mounted to mobile vehicles or used by mobile employees.
These low cost RFID readers utilize a USB connection and the processing power of your PC to read RFID tags
Readers with the capability to communicate with external networks such WiFi or cellular
Manufacturer [back to top]
Alien Technology Readers
Impinj RFID Readers
Invengo RFID Readers
The term RFID Reader is often used as a general term to describe not only RFID Readers but RFID Interrogators, RFID Scanners and RFID Reader Writer. Typically, the solution will dictate the best frequency to use to solve a particular RFID application challenge. There are two general groups of RFID readers: passive and active. A passive RFID reader provides the energy to the RFID tag which does not have its own onboard power source and the tag then uses backscatter technology to return information to the reader. An active RFID reader receives energy transmitted from an active RFID tag which has its own built in power source. If a long range RFID reader is required then an active solution is most likely a good fit. It is recommended to hire an experienced RFID consultant or company to provide the solution design to ensure high read accuracy of the RFID system.
Passive UHF Readers (Ultra High Frequency) are used for RFID applications requiring longer read ranges (<30 feet) and the need for low cost RFID tags. The supply chain related mandates from retailers such as Wal-Mart, Sams Club and Metro require that UHF Passive RFID readers be used. These readers must comply with the international recognized standard set by EPCglobal (UHF Gen 2). UHF frequencies typically offer better range (20-30 ft) and can transfer data faster than LF and HF tags, but they use more power and are less likely to pass through materials.
Passive HF Readers (High Frequency) are used for applications that require read distances of less than three feet. Historically, HF tags work better on objects made of metal (RFID Metal Tag) and can work around goods with high water content. Advances in UHF reader and tag technology is now allowing for reading around metal and water.
Passive LF Readers (Low Frequency) are used for applications that require read distances of less than one foot. They are better able to penetrate non-metallic substances and are ideal for scanning objects with high-water content, such as fruit.
Active RFID Readers are used to track items at longer distances (100 feet+). Reader distance is strongly correlated to the power of the RFID active tag.
What is the cost driver for your project? RFID Readers or RFID Tags?
What to consider when you buy a RFID tag? If tag cost is the critical cost driver then passive RFID tags would be the affordable choice. Average RFID active tag cost can often exceed 30 dollars per tag. If the cost driver is the reader price then active RFID readers are cheaper. Again, a RFID consultant can be of significant value when designing your solution. They typically have relationships with the large RFID hardware manufacturers that allows for deep discounts in the price of the readers and tags.