The RFID Reader Module can be used in a wide variety of hobbyist and commercial applications, including access control, automatic identification, robotics, navigation, inventory tracking, payment systems, and car immobilization. (This item is the module only and does not include RFID tags, see compatible tags below. The Serial RFID Card Reader Module with 4 Tag sampler pack is also available.)
There are a variety of transponder tags that come in different packages. Each tag has a specific range that is within 10% of the given distance for each type of tag. The reason for the 10% is due to environmental conditions and RFID modules.
Low-cost method for reading passive RFID EM4100 family transponder tags
2400 baud serial interface
Enable input allows module to be enabled/disabled by software
Bi-color LED for visual indication of status
No tags are included with the RFID Reader Module.
This device can be connected to a PC serial port using a MAX232 line driver. The circuit isn't supported by Parallax, but it's possible to make this connection with a few dollars of parts or by using the USB version of the reader. There is an outline of connections on the forums.
Reads 125 kHz Tags, EM41000 Family
Power requirements: 4.5 to 5.5 VDC
Communication: Serial at 2400 baud (8N1)
Dimensions: 2.45 x 6.25 x 0.22 in (62.2 x 82.5 x 5.57 mm)
Operating temp range: -40 to +185°F (-40 to +85°C)