The SparkFun RFID Qwiic Kit is a simple, yet all-in-one I2C based RFID starting point for the ID-3LA, ID-12LA, and ID-20LA readers. Simply plug a reader into the headers and use a Qwiic cable to connect to any Qwiic enabled development board, then scan your 125kHz ID tag and the unique 32-bit ID will be shown on the screen. This kit comes with everything you need to get started. The SparkFun RFID Qwiic Reader, an ID-12LA reader, a couple of RFID cards, and a cable to get you hooked up. Just plug this into any Qwiic enabled development board and you are good to go.
Utilizing the onboard ATtiny84A, the Qwiic RFID takes the six byte ID tag of your 125kHz RFID card, attaches a time stamp to it, and puts it onto a stack that holds up to 20 unique RFID scans at a time. This information is easy to get at with some simple I2C commands. The unit comes with a read LED and buzzer, but don't worry, there is a jumper you can cut to disable the buzzer if you want.
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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I received the kit, which i also ordered a USB part as well, so to get the fastest results for testing it out, I just hooked it up to my laptop (Macbook Pro) and away it went! After just a bit of studying (i could’ve have probably skipped this and winged it), i was successfully scanning the glass capsules that i also ordered with the kit. my main experiment was to test scanning this type of RFID tag, while inside a plastic object. The goal was to confirm that efficacy of scanning, and what the range would end up being. i found that scanning worked flawlessly when the object was not more than about a half inch from the top of the sensor package. this is the ideal arrangement for the intended purpose. Basically within ten minutes, i had confirmed what i suspected. Great kit! The qwiic system is very handy!
The reading distance is impressive. It works good. Only thing I would like is to know if card is present on reader or not. Not only Id of the last card, but detection if it is still there.