TSL – 2173 Bluetooth® Wearable LF/HF RFID Reader

The 2173 Bluetooth® LF/HF RFID Reader enables a Bluetooth® host device to read and write to a wide variety of Low Frequency and High Frequency RFID transponders. The optional 2D Imager version can also capture 1D and 2D barcodes.

Scanned information can be ‘typed’ by the Reader into any application on the host device using the Bluetooth® HID keyboard mode. Alternatively, the Reader can be commanded from an app on the host device. As the 2173 Reader uses the existing TSL® ASCII 2 Protocol, developers can take advantage of the comprehensive, free SDKs provided by TSL® to develop in Xamarin, Java, Objective C or .NET.

Physical and Environmental Characteristics
Dimensions (LxWxH): 10.2 cm x 5.5 cm x 5.6 cm.
Weight (inc battery): 157 g / 5.5 oz.
User input: Two Trigger buttons.
User feedback: Speaker, vibration motor, three LEDs.
Power: Removable, rechargeable 3.7 volt Lithium Polymer 1200 mAh battery pack, 4.5 watt hrs.
Minimum operating time1:
Light use2: 10 hrs
Moderate use3: 6.5 hrs
Heavy use4: 3 hrs
Enclosure materials: Polycarbonate.
Performance Characteristics
Communication protocols: TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set.
Memory: Supports up to 32 GB Micro SD/SDHC card.
Compatible Host devices (Bluetooth®): Any Bluetooth® Host5 supporting the Serial Port Profile (SPP) or Human Interface Device (HID) profile (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows). Comparison of Bluetooth® modes for TSL® UHF Readers.
Compatible Host devices (USB): Any USB host with FTDI VCP driver support (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android).
Operating Temp.: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F).
Charging Temp.: 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F).
Storage Temp.: Less than 1 month at at -20 to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F).

Less than 3 months at -20°C to +45°C (-4°F to 113°F).

Less than 1 year at -20°C to +30°C (-4°F to 86°F).

RFID Performance
Frequency Range: 125/134.2 kHz (LF) / 13.56 MHz (HF).
Read Distance6: LF and HF: Up to 100 mm / 4” (dependent on transponder type).
RF Transmission Speed: HF Air: up to 848 kbit/s.
Standards supported: ISO14443A, ISO14443B, ISO18092 ECMA-340 (NFC), ISO15693 plus many 125 kHz, 134.2 kHz standards.
Supported Transponders

13.56 MHz :


LEGIC Advant1), MIFARE Classic EV12), MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Mini, MIFARE DESFire EV1, MIFARE DESFire EV22), MIFARE DESFire Light3), MIFARE Plus S, X, MIFARE Pro X4), MIFARE Smart MX4), MIFARE Ultralight, MIFARE Ultralight C, MIFARE Ultralight EV1, NTAG2xx, PayPass4), SLE44R35, SLE66Rxx (my-d move)4), Topaz



Calypso4), Calypso Innovatron protocol4), CEPAS4), HID iCLASS1), Moneo4), Pico Pass5), SRI4K, SRIX4K, SRI512, SRT512


ISO18092 ECMA-340:

NFC Forum Tag 1-5, NFC Peer-to-Peer, Sony FeliCa6), NFC Active and passive

communication mode



EM4x334), EM4x354), HID iCLASS1), HID iCLASS SE/SR1), ICODE SLI, LEGIC Advant1), M24LR16/64, MB89R118/119, SRF55Vxx (my-d vicinity)4), Tag-it, PicoPass5)

Supported Transponders

125 kHz:

AWID, Cardax, CASI-RUSCO, Deister8), EM4100, 4102, 42009), EM4050, 4150, 4450, 4550, EM430510), EM4105, HITAG 111), HITAG 211), HITAG S11), ICT10), IDTECK, Isonas10), Keri, Miro, Nedap8), Pyramid, Q5, T5557, T5567, T5577, TITAN (EM4050), UNIQUE
PI options only – Additional Supported Transponders: Cotag, G-Prox8), HID DuoProx II, HID ISO Prox II, HID Micro Prox, HID ProxKey III, HID Prox, HID Prox II, Indala, ioProx, Nexwatch, HID iCLASS, HID iCLASS SE/SR/Elite, HID iCLASS SEOS (Facility Code/PAC)12)
1)UID only 2)r/w enhanced security features on request 3)In preparation 4)r/w in direct chip command mode 5)UID only, read/write on request 6)UID + r/w public area 8)Hash value only 9)Only emulation of 4100, 4102 10)On request 11)Without encryption 12)r/w on request
Barcode Scanning
Optional 2D Barcode Engine: Optional TSL® custom 2D Barcode Scan Engine module.
Sensor Resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels, rolling shutter
Field of View: Horizontal: 44.5°, vertical: 33.5°
Focal Distance: From front of engine: 15.24 cm (6 in.)
Aiming LED: Green LED
Illumination: 1 warm white LED
Symbologies Supported: 1D: All major codes

2D: PDF417, MicroPDF417, Composite, RSS, TLC-39, Datamatrix, QR code, Micro QR code, Aztec, MaxiCode Postal Codes: US PostNet, US Planet, UK Postal, Australian Postal, Japan Postal, Dutch Postal (KIX).

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