RFID Hardware

What’s the difference between active and passive RFID tags?

RFID tags are composed of several components—a micro-chip, a substrate (e.g., Mylar or plastic coating), and an antenna, which is attached to the micro-chip. The primary difference between active and passive RFID tags is that active tags incorporate a built-in power supply, while passive tags use the power from the electromagnetic wave from the RFID reader …

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What are anti-metal RFID tags?

Anti-metal tags are specialized RFID tags that can be read from conductive surfaces, such as metal (something that regular tags can’t do). Learn more about anti-metal (aka on-metal) tags,  and contact serialio to speak with an RFID specialist.

What is NFC?

NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication. NFC is a fairly recent ‘labeling’ for a subset of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for short-range, wireless protocols. It’s most commonly used for close-range applications (hence the “near field”). NFC has some features that distinguish it from other forms of RFID, such as the capacity for bidirectional peer-to-peer communication.  To …

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What is RFID?

RFID (Radio-frequency identification) is a term used to refer to technology that uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify people, livestock, assets, and more. To learn more about RFID, see our article on the topic here.

What do the Scanfob BB2 LEDs patterns mean?

The LED patterns of the Scanfob Ultra-BB2 and Scanfob NFC-BB2 are used to indicate current actions and statuses to the user. To learn about what the individual LED indicator patterns, click here.

How do I pair with my scanner?

Click on the Bluetooth mode beneath your platform to learn how to pair with your scanner. Android iOS Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Bluetooth SPP Bluetooth MFi Bluetooth HID (“keyboard mode”) Bluetooth HID (“keyboard mode”)