Project Board "compatibility" ... thread

Hello DT community,

After trying to get a project or 2 done using RFID “project boards” I quickly found out that some works better than others …
In an attempt to gather info on different boards and they effectiveness this thread came about.
The hope is to gather as much info and compatibility info about those boards so we can pick the one that fi tour project before getting to deep and having to start over with a different board …

Everyone can contribute (and is encouraged to do so), I will do my best to update the top of the thread in timely manner.
All notes, recommendation and inputs are welcome.

Please note:
All links are non-affiliated, i do not have any relationship with any of the product/manufacturer posted. If you contribute and have some relationship with them, please disclose it.

There is going to be a lot of changes, especially early on.
There will be/is a template (somewhere bellow) please try to use it if possible, his will help keep everyhting consistent.

This is going to be seperated in 3 “sections”:

  • Section 1: “stand alone” project boards.
    These boards are definetly for project, but do not require a controller to drive them, they are essentially “programing free”.
  • Section 2: Low Frequency project boards.
    There boards will require a controller of some sort and will need to be programmed accordingly.
  • Section 3: High Frequency project boards.
    There boards will require a controller of some sort and will need to be programmed accordingly.

Section 1: “stand alone” project boards.
These boards are definetly for project, but do not require a controller to drive them, they are essentially “programing free”.

- xEM Access Controller v1:

  • Price: around $20 on auction site
  • Voltage:
  • Current consumption (resting): ~40mA
  • Read distance:
    • With a full size card:
    • With a key fob:
    • With a glassie:
  • Implant tested :
  • Description and notes:

- xEM Access Controller v2:

- Embedded 125Khz Proximity RFID Module Door Access Control

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Section 2: Low Frequency project boards.
There boards will require a controller of some sort and will need to be programmed accordingly.

RDM6300

  • Price (About/estimate)(before shipping and taxes): ~$2-$5
  • Voltage: 5v
  • Current consumption (resting): 21mA
  • Read distance:
    • With a full size card:
    • With a key fob:
    • With a glassie: antenna must contact skin
  • Implant tested : NExT
  • Description and notes:
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Section 3: High Frequency project boards.
There boards will require a controller of some sort and will need to be programmed accordingly.

PN532 - V2 Clone

  • Price (About/estimate)(before shipping and taxes): $8-$12
  • Voltage: 5v
  • Current consumption (resting): 1.75mA when in stand-by
  • Read distance:
    • With a full size card: ~3/4"
    • With a key fob: ~1/2"
    • With a glassie: antenna must contact skin
  • Implant tested : NExT
  • Description and notes:

PN532 NFC RFID module V4 (genuine Elechouse)
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Price (About/estimate)(before shipping and taxes): $29.90
Read distance:
With a full size card:
With a key fob:
With a glassie: ~1cm
Implant tested : NExT
Description and notes:
PN532 NFC RFID module V4 [WIRELESS-NFC-PN532_V4] - $29.90 : Elechouse, Arduino Play House

Gravity: DFrobot UART & I2C NFC Module

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  • Price (About/estimate)(before shipping and taxes): $29.90
  • Voltage:
  • Current consumption (resting):
  • Read distance:
    • With a full size card: 1mm to contact
    • With a key fob: contact only with lots of miss-read
    • With a glassie: not reading
  • Implant tested : NExT
  • Description and notes:
    Gravity: UART & I2C NFC Module - DFRobot

To come:

  • PN5180
  • RC322
  • PN532 NFC RFID Module w/ External Antenna – updated version
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Template:

  • Name:
  • Picture:
  • Price (About/estimate)(before shipping and taxes):
  • Voltage:
  • Current consumption (resting):
  • Read distance:
    • With a full size card:
    • With a key fob:
    • With a glassie:
  • Implant tested :
  • Description and notes:
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added these 2:

One more to add to the HF list:

  • Name: pn5180

  • Picture:

  • Price (About/estimate)(before shipping and taxes): ~10-15$

  • Voltage: 3.3VDC & 5VDC

  • Current consumption (resting):

  • Read distance:

    • With a full size card: ~4" (~100mm)
    • With a key fob:
    • With a glassie: ~1/4" (~6.5mm)
  • Implant tested : NExT

  • Description and notes:
    I wasn’t able to make it work with the ESPs chipset (other have successfully) , i had to go through logic converter and Arduino (nano) board

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