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ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader

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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

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