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adawg89

I was thinking of getting sparkfun rfid starter kit, or just buy an rfid antenna, and arduino uno. I am just wanting your opinions, I was also thinking if I bought the starter kit I would like to attach different antenna in the future once I am familiar with it would that be possible?

Anyways I am getting some extra money shortly after christmas, and just looking for a birthday gift :)

johnwasser

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Dec 25, 2012, 02:44 am Last Edit: Dec 25, 2012, 03:01 am by johnwasser Reason: 1
With the sparkfun RFID Starter Kit you are paying extra for the USB interface and you are stuck with the ID-12 module which has an internal antenna.  If you want to experiment with external antennas for more range you want the ID-2 module: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8709

This inexpensive modle also has an external antenna:

"125Khz RFID Mini Module Kits" $12.98+$5 shipping on eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/125Khz-RFID-Mini-Module-Kits-/280581459744

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PaulS

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or just buy an rfid antenna, and arduino uno.

That would be like buying speakers and an antenna and expecting to listen to the radio.

Somewhere in the mix, you need something that converts the magnetic field (in the antenna) that the RFID tag disturbs to meaningful data, and you need something that creates the magnetic field in the first place.

That is not what the Arduino does.

johnwasser

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Dec 25, 2012, 06:36 pm Last Edit: Dec 26, 2012, 01:26 am by johnwasser Reason: 1

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or just buy an rfid antenna, and arduino uno.

That would be like buying speakers and an antenna and expecting to listen to the radio.

Somewhere in the mix, you need something that converts the magnetic field (in the antenna) that the RFID tag disturbs to meaningful data, and you need something that creates the magnetic field in the first place.

That is not what the Arduino does.


But if you do want to use the Arduino to generate the raw signals it has been done before:

"This page is describes the construction of an RFID reader using only an Arduino, a hand-wound wire coil, and some assorted low cost common components."
http://playground.arduino.cc/Main/DIYRFIDReader

Another good resource is Microchip Application Note "AN678: RFID Coil Design".  It has useful tidbits like "The optimum radius for the transmitter coil is 1.414 times the desired range" and "for minimal loss, wire gauge numbers of greater than #26 should be avoided".
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