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Description: This it the SparkFun RFID Starter Kit, an all-in-one kit that offer everything you need to get your next RFID project off the ground. This kit includes our USB RFID Reader, ID-12LA RFID module, and two 125kHz RFID cards. We’ve done away with the annoying clamshell and now offer this in the same type of box as the rest of our kits.

The RFID USB Reader is a simple to use, USB to serial base unit for the ID-3LA, ID-12LA, and ID-20LA readers. Simply plug a reader into the headers and attach a miniUSB cable. Open a terminal program of your choice at 9600bps 8N1, then scan your 125kHz ID tag and the unique 32-bit ID will be shown on the screen. The unit is based on a FTDI chip and comes with a read LED and buzzer.

The ID-12LA is a very simple RFID reader module. It plugs directly into the USB reader to allow you to read RFID tags through a USB connection. Power the module, hold up a card, and get a serial string output containing the unique ID of the card.

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Reader works

Be wary that it works with EM4100 and 4001 cards, but not HID cards. Also, it makes a rousing beep whenever the card is scanned, which can be annoying if scanning many cards.


Excellent product!

The USB allows me to easily record RFID tag serial numbers and the breakout part allows me to easily implement RFID into my embedded projects. Easy to use!


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SparkFun RFID Starter Kit Hookup Guide

May 5, 2015

Learn the basics of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and how to get started with the SparkFun RFID Starter Kit.