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ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader

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  • ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader | USB-5EC
  • ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader | USB-5EC
  • ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader | USB-5EC
  • ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader | USB-5EC
  • ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader | USB-5EC
  • ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader | USB-5EC
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 Product Description

ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader

The ThingMagic UHF USB Plus+ RFID Reader is an affordable reader perfect for developing and deploying interactive RFID applications. Powered by the Mercury 5e-Compact UHF RFID reader module from ThingMagic, the USB RFID Reader is powered and controlled through a PC. The USB RFID Reader's small form factor, integrated antenna, deployment feasibility, and low cost make it an ideal choice for application developers and their agile projects. NOTE: ThingMagic has recently upgraded the “USB Reader” and is calling the improved version, the “USB Plus+ Reader”. The Plus+ reader is identical in all respects to the original reader, but one - the Plus+ reader contains a new, higher performance antenna.

Data Sheet  ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader


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What's included?

  • USB Reader Unit
  • USB Cable
  • One Year Factory Warranty

Why buy this reader?

The ThingMagic USB Plus+ Reader is perfect for any reading and writing applications where space is limited. It can read up to 3 feet and is capable of supporting a variety of applications.



  • Support for EPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with Anti-Collision and DRM.
  • Internal ceramic antenna with an average gain of 1 dBi from 860 to 960 MHz.
  • Powered by USB connection to notebook or desktop PC.
  • ThingMagic Reader Assistant software and applications development tools.
  • Support for full 860 to 960 MHz UHF RFID carrier frequency range to accommodate worldwide regulations.
  • Certifiable for operation in countries adopting FCC, ETSI, Korea, India, Australia, and China regulatory specifications (Open (Customizable) 860-960 MHz).
  • Tag Read Rate up to 190 tags/second.
  • Tag Read Distance Up to 36 inches (91 cm).
  • High impact plastic case.


Among the many types of RFID readers, a UHF USB RFID Reader is a cost effective and easily deployable device which allows the user to be agile with their RFID applications. The portability of the device gives the user freedom to create a variety of systems across many industry verticals. Also, since the ThingMagic UHF USB Plus+ RFID Reader offers all the standard features typically found in a smart and efficient RFID reader, it is well suited for those beginning to test RFID and its many applications. It is ideal for reading/writing a controlled amount of RFID tags, and common applications include tool tracking and asset tracking.


Air Interface Protocol:
EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C)
Operating Frequency:
UHF (860- 960 MHz)
Transmit Power:
Up to 23 dBm
Max Receive Sensitivity:
-73 dBm
Max Read Distance:
From 76 mm to 0.91 m (3 in up to 3 ft)
Max Read Rate:
Up to 200 tags/second**
Data Interface:
2 I/O command controlled LEDs
2 I/O command queried switches
Power Source:
USB cable
Antenna Ports:
Internal linear polarized antenna with peak gain of 1 dBi
97 x 61 x 25 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.0 in)
0.16 kg (0.34 lbs)
IP Rating:
IP 52
Operating Temperature:
-40° to +60°C (-40° to +140°F)
Host API:
Mercury API
Demo Software:
Universal Reader Assistant

Product Reviews

  1. Longer read range than expected

    Posted by

    The price of this device is more than fair with its performance generally quite good. The read range was so long that I had to configure it to a shorter range so it wouldn't read other nearby tags. The Windows software utility from the manufacturer is great

  2. Much better than the earlier version!

    Posted by

    This is a much better release than the earlier one - better read distance and easier integration with our solutions.

  3. Excellent HW for Library Solution

    Posted by

    we have integrated the Thing Magic USB reader for our library solution and it is an excellent choice.

  4. ThingMagic USR+ Reader

    Posted by

    This product is much better than the earlier version and does everything we needed it to do

  5. Awesome read/writer

    Posted by

    I bought the device to encode chips for RFID Running Events. The device works great, is super durable and portable, and sets up in a snap. The support people were great and I would highly recommend this reader/writer to anyone who may have a need to encode RFID chips or for reading this in a manual setting.

  6. Handy little UHF reader

    Posted by

    I bought our first Thingmagic USB reader three or four years ago for desktop use in our lab and offices to read and encode inlays and tags for development projects. We now have five of them scattered around our plant for QC use by Production folks. The "Reader Assistant" software has evolved over the past few years to include several very helpful functions for experimentation and QC purposes. I don't know what we would do without it.

  7. ThingMagic USB Plus+RFID Reader

    Posted by

    We have been using the ThingMagic for 3 years and have had good success with encoding chip tags to be installed on race bibs for our race timing business. We would recommend the ThingMagic.

  8. very satisfied

    Posted by

    Received on time as promised.

  9. Thingmagic

    Posted by

    Was easy to use - software installed easily and the user interface well layout and a breeze to use.

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