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RFID reader reccomendations

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:35 am


First time posting so I'm not sure if this is the best place.
I'm currently at university and as part of my second year project I've opted to use a Raspberry Pi to improve on the currently terrible registration system in the uni. To do this I've opted for an RFID reader input combined with a server, however the university has only two RFID readers both of which are currently loaned out and I'm unsure when, if ever, I'll get my hands on one of them. Therefore I'm wondering if anyone can recommend an RFID reader that functions well with a Raspberry Pi.

Many thanks in advance


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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:39 am

Does this work for you? Don't know much about the technology of it. ... i/overview - always looking for content feel free to ask to have it posted. Or sign up and message me to become a contributor to the site. Raspians is not affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. (RPi's + You = Raspians)

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:59 am

I was looking for something with a USB, I'm not particularly confident wiring things to boards, this is my first project on a Pi. I does look good though.

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:30 pm

I am looking for a RFID reader for the Raspberry Pi too. You might have a look at the Parallax RFID reader: ... fault.aspx
These projects are using it: ... =37&t=7946 ... 4j-part-1/

Have a look at this RFID 125 kHz shield for Raspberry Pi: ... ry-pi.html


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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:00 pm

I have had good luck with a USB based Gen 2 reader from Thinkify.

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:02 am

Hi Curtis,
This is the first time, I'm using Raspberry Pi.
What language do you use? Do you have to install any driver?

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:48 pm

Hi Curtis,

I'm at university too in the US and recently implemented a Rpi with a RFID reader.
I used this reader from Seeed Studio: ... Path=19_24

I posted the circuits and assembly on my website:

The code and installation can be found at:

I've posted the entire electronic circuit on that page, along with how to install the python libraries necessary to receive data from a RFID tag.
The code to find the tag can be found at: inside the file Look at line 115 and on for the routine which continuously searches for a RFID card.

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:19 am

Hi @NeoMopp,
I have a same task, same University surroundings. Did you manage to implement anything ? Any experiences you might be willing to share .

Thank you

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:48 pm

I know that this is an old post but I have recently build an RFID system. It might be useful to anyone who bump onto this thread :)
My tutorial makes use of 125khz tags: ... ag-reader/

I hope that this is useful to someone :)

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Tue May 23, 2017 6:07 pm

Hi All...

Would the 'ioProx Kantech P225XSF' reader work with the raspberry pi ?...

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:22 am

Hi all!
I recommend using the RaspberryPI-B1 module. Here is the link: RaspberryPi-B1.
It provides full read/write capability for Mifare Classic, Mifare Ultralight and NTAG2 transponders. Image.
There is also the USB-B1 RFID reader with the same functionality: USB-B1

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:35 pm

I bought a generic chinese USB one for 20 USD. It works sort of like a keyboard so that when you plug it in, you can see a device in /dev where a series of numbers appears if you cat that file while showing it the card. Something this simple, you would assume that it works always. I am fairly sure, however, that those shields that are more expensive are of higher quality, many have NFC and RFID and are much more adjustable w.r.t. software and connectivity etc.

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Re: RFID reader reccomendations

Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:54 pm

I just got the Monk Makes Clever Card Kit ( and it works perfectly. Also, it includes some instructions on how to get started easily and wiring the board up is easy!

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