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    FX9500 RFID Reader USER GUIDE...

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    FX9500 User Guide 72E-150900-07 Revision A March 2015...

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    FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide ©2015 ZIH Corp and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form, or by any electrical or mechanical means, without permission in writing from Zebra. This includes electronic or mechanical means, such as photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval systems.

  • Page 5: Revision History

    2 and Appendix B regarding connecting the antenna and ensuring that the reader is Not Transmitting RF Signals. Add notes regarding the following: Motorola does not support embedded applications/scripts; FX9500 supports only host based applications. Add GPIO Connections. Remove Chapter 5:Configuring Inputs and Outputs.

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    FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide...

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Warranty ........................ii Revision History......................iii About This Guide Introduction ........................ix Configurations........................ ix Chapter Descriptions ..................... x Notational Conventions....................xi Related Documents and Software ................. xi Service Information......................xii Chapter 1: Getting Started Introduction ........................1-1 RFID Reader Hardware ....................

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    Chapter 5: Configuring Digital Inputs and Outputs Introduction ........................5-1 Digital Inputs ......................... 5-1 Digital Outputs ......................5-1 Digital I/O Hardware Connection .................. 5-2 FX9500 GPIO Connections ..................5-3 Chapter 6: Programming for FX9500 Introduction ........................6-1 Programming for the FX9500 ..................6-1...

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    Environmental Specifications ..................A-3 Power Supply Specifications ..................A-3 Digital Input/Output Specifications ................A-4 Ethernet LAN Specifications ..................A-5 FX9500 Antenna Specifications ..................A-6 Appendix B: Safety Instructions Power Disconnect Device ..................... B-1 RF Safety ........................B-1 Electrostatic Discharge ....................B-1 Regulatory Compliance ....................

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    FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide...

  • Page 11: About This Guide

    About This Guide Introduction This document is intended for those who wish to setup and operate the FX9500 RFID Reader system. Before attempting to install, configure, and operate this product, you should be familiar with the following: • Windows-based software installation and operation •...

  • Page 12: Chapter Descriptions

    Chapter Descriptions Topics covered in this guide are as follows: • Chapter 1, Getting Started - This chapter provides a brief overview of the FX9500 RFID Reader hardware and software. • Chapter 2, RFID Reader Installation - This chapter describes how to mechanically and electrically install the FX9500 RFID Reader.

  • Page 13: Notational Conventions

    The following documents provide more information about the FX9500 RFID reader. • FX9500 Regulatory Guide, p/n 72-152143-xx • Zebra EMDK Toolkits (see the FX9500 product web page on the Zebra Support site). For the latest version of this guide and all guides, go to: www.zebra.com/support.

  • Page 14: Service Information

    FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Service Information If you have a problem with your equipment, contact Zebra support for your region. Contact information is available at: www.zebra.com/support. When contacting Zebra support, please have the following information available: • Serial number of the unit •...

  • Page 15: Chapter 1 Getting Started

    Chapter 1 Getting Started Introduction This chapter provides a brief overview of the FX9500 RFID Reader hardware and software.

  • Page 16: Rfid Reader Hardware

    1 - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide RFID Reader Hardware The FX9500 RFID Reader is a multi-protocol, multi-regional Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System that operates in the 902-928 MHz and 865-868 MHz band. LEDs Mounting Tab Mounting Tab Ethernet...

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    NOTE configuration (see Configurations on page 3-ix). The FX9500 RFID Reader is equipped with four status indicators located on the top of the enclosure. These LEDs provide indication for the following: FX9500 RFID Reader Status Indicators Figure 1-3 FX9500 RFID Reader Indication Definitions...

  • Page 18: Reader Software

    FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Reader Software The FX9500 is shipped with a software application that can be used to configure and control the RFID Reader. RFID Reader Web Console The Web Console is a RFID Reader application that provides the ability to access RFID Readers across the internet.

  • Page 19: Chapter 2 Rfid Reader Installation

    Chapter 2 RFID Reader Installation Introduction This chapter describes how to mechanically and electrically install the FX9500 RFID Reader.

  • Page 20: Mechanical Installation

    Mechanical Installation Mounting the RFID Reader The FX9500 is equipped with two mounting flanges and slotted keyholes that accept three #8 (M4) mounting screws. Pre-drill mounting surface according to the following dimensions. The mounting surface must be able to support up to 5 pounds (2.3 kg).

  • Page 21: Mounting The Antennas

    Mounting the Antennas The FX9500 RFID Reader supports from one to eight antennas in a variety of configurations. One and two-antenna configurations are typical for most conveyor and container tracking. Four and eight antenna configurations are used for portals and loading dock doorways.

  • Page 22: Electrical Installation

    Electrical Installation FX9500 Electrical Connections Figure 2-2 The FX9500 RFID Reader is designed to meet the regulatory requirements in those NOTE jurisdictions in which it is offered. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Zebra for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

  • Page 23: Connecting And Configuring The Ethernet Port

    Equipment failure can result if the antenna or communication ports are subjected to ESD. None of the GPIO connector pins on the FX9500 RFID reader provide voltage to drive external NOTE devices. When using the GPIO connector on the FX9500, you must provide power to drive the GP inputs and to power any devices driven by the GP outputs.

  • Page 24: Connecting Digital Inputs/outputs

    FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Connecting Digital Inputs/Outputs The FX9500 RFID Reader is equipped with a general purpose digital input/output (I/O) port that provides four optically isolated 5-24 Vdc input signals and four open-collector output signals. The digital inputs can be used as general purpose inputs or to trigger the RFID Reader for tag reading.

  • Page 25: Chapter 3 Rfid Reader Operation

    This chapter provides operation instructions for the FX9500 RFID Reader. RFID Reader Operation with Web Console The FX9500 can be operated by logging directly into the RFID Reader’s Web Console. To access a particular RFID Reader, perform the following: Enter the RFID Reader's IP address into your web browser or press the Configure button.

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    3 - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Log into the RFID Reader. Press Login for the login screen. Login Screen Figure 3-2 The default login is guest. If you need administrator privileges, login as admin and enter change as the password.

  • Page 27: Change Password

    Reader Operation 3 - 3 Change Password The reader.set_pwd() command is used to change the password. This command requires the following parameters: • Login (level for password to be changed) • Pwd (existing password for the login level) • New_pwd (new password for the login level). The login and existing password are required to change the password.

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  • Page 29: Chapter 4 Reader Web Console

    Chapter 4 Reader Web Console Introduction This chapter provides information on how to fully configure the FX9500 RFID Reader for operation in a variety of applications and environments.

  • Page 30: Web Console

    4 - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Web Console The Reader Web Console allows access to a RFID Reader across the internet by entering the Reader's IP address into the web browser. With the Web Console, the RFID Reader can fully be configured for operation in a variety of applications and environments.

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    Reader Web Console 4 - 3 Basic Configuration With the Basic Configuration functions you can perform the following: • Manage reader profiles • Set tag protocols • Setup the Ethernet/LAN configuration • Setup the serial port • Setup digital accessories •...

  • Page 32: Manage Profiles

    4 - 4 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Save The Save button saves the reader's current configuration to the specified profile (see Manage Profiles for detailed information on reader profiles). Manage Profiles The Manage Profiles link lists, saves, and deletes profiles. Refer to the...

  • Page 33: Set Tag Protocol

    Zebra supports only ISO 180006C(ISOC) also known as, EPC Global Class 1 Gen2 operation on the FX9500 reader. Set Tag Protocol Screen...

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    4 - 6 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Click on a specific protocol to view the lower form. This form allows you to configure various protocol level parameters. The protocol level parameters are divided into two categories: Control and Physical. Control parameters configure the protocol control.

  • Page 35: Setup Ethernet/lan

    Reader Web Console 4 - 7 Setup Ethernet/LAN The Setup Ethernet/LAN page configures the network interface of the reader. Setup Ethernet/LAN Screen Figure 4-6 Always record and keep the following items in a safe location: IP, Mac, subnet, and default NOTE gateway addresses.

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    4 - 8 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide General Settings General Settings specify the host and domain name of the reader. Also, the Command Port and Event Port are shown and are read-only. IPv4/IPv6 Settings IPv4/IPv6 Settings configure the reader's IP address. If the reader is to automatically acquire its IP address, subnet mask and default gateway from a DHCP server, select Enable DHCP.

  • Page 37: Setup Digital Accessories

    Reader Web Console 4 - 9 Setup Digital Accessories The Setup Digital Accessories function configures the Digital Inputs and Outputs on the reader. Setup Digital Accessories Screen Figure 4-7 Digital Input The status of the four digital input values (1-4) can be seen in this window. The Current Value is not configurable and is shown as true or false.

  • Page 38: Setup Antenna/cables

    4 - 10 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Setup Antenna/Cables Use this option to configure the reader's antenna multiplexer sequence as well as, conducted power. To configure an antenna, enter the antenna number in the Mux Sequence field. The individual antenna Conducted Power fields will be activated in the lower window.

  • Page 39: Set Regulatory Mode (region)

    Reader Web Console 4 - 11 Set Regulatory Mode (Region) Use this mode to configure the reader to meet the regulatory requirements for the geographic region where the reader is deployed. The sub-region sets the secondary regulatory mode for the geographic region where the reader is deployed.

  • Page 40: Setup Summary

    4 - 12 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Select the Sub Region. Regulatory Mode - Select Sub Region Figure 4-11 Setup Summary Quickly setup the basic operational parameters of the reader in Setup Summary. Setup Summary Screen Figure 4-12...

  • Page 41: Advanced Functions

    Reader Web Console 4 - 13 Advanced Functions The following options are available in Advanced Functions: • Firmware Management • Import/Export Configuration • Command Line operations • Expert Configuration • User Application Management • Change Operating Mode • Restart. Firmware Management Use the Firmware Management option to read the current firmware version, upgrade the reader firmware files, or rollback to the previous firmware version.

  • Page 42: Import/export Configuration

    4 - 14 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Import/Export Configuration This option transfers a reader configuration to or from a host computer. This is useful for configuring a reader to a known state. Transfer a Configuration File Enter the name of a saved configuration file in the Configuration file field. Select the XML File option and press the Transfer Configuration to Reader button to send the profile to the reader.

  • Page 43: Command Line

    Reader Web Console 4 - 15 Command Line Use Command Line to directly enter reader commands from a web browser. Command Screen Figure 4-15...

  • Page 44: Expert Configuration

    4 - 16 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Expert Configuration Use the Expert Configuration functions to configure low-level functions within the reader. These functions should only be accessed by expert users. Expert configurations include: • Setup • • Version •...

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    Use the Expert Configuration - Tag option to configure how the reader reports tags. The FX9500 supports the ability to filter tags or eliminate tags from being reported based on the conditions specified in the filter configuration variables. The reader...

  • Page 46: Expert Configuration - Version

    4 - 18 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Expert Configuration - Version Use Expert Configuration - Version to view the version of hardware and software within the reader. The version numbers are read-only. Supply the version number to Zebra Technical Support should they be contacted.

  • Page 47: Expert Configuration - Information

    Reader Web Console 4 - 19 Expert Configuration - Information Expert Configuration - Information can be used to customize the reader's identity. Use this option to assign each reader a name, description, and location. The time setting field indicated by info.time can not be populated using Expert Configuration. To set the time, use the Command Line to directly enter the time setting command from a web browser.

  • Page 48: Expert Configuration - Communication

    4 - 20 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Expert Configuration - Communication Expert Configuration - Communication is used to customize the reader's communication parameters. Setup Ethernet/LAN on page 4-7 Setup Digital Accessories on page 4-9 for additional information. The following figure shows a portion of communication parameters available on the reader, such as: •...

  • Page 49: Expert Configuration - Antennas

    Reader Web Console 4 - 21 Expert Configuration - Antennas Use Expert Configuration - Antennas to configure the properties of the reader's antenna configuration Enter the appropriate values for each antenna parameter and press the Submit button to update the antenna and cable configuration. The following figure shows only a small sample of the available antenna configuration variables.

  • Page 50: Expert Configuration - Digital I/o

    4 - 22 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Expert Configuration - Digital I/O Use the Expert Configuration - Digital I/O option to configure the digital inputs and output behavior. Set the digital input debounce time (in milliseconds), as well as the input and output pin values.

  • Page 51: Expert Configuration - Modem

    Reader Web Console 4 - 23 Expert Configuration - Modem Use the Expert Configuration - Modem option to set the reader's modem control variables. These variables control functions such as EPC link, modulation depth, return link frequency, and others. The following figure shows only a small sample of the available modem configuration variables.

  • Page 52: Change Operating Mode

    4 - 24 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Change Operating Mode Use Change Operating Mode to configure the operational mode of the reader. Operating Mode Screen Figure 4-24 The reader supports the following operational modes: • Active Mode - Reader is continuously attempting to singulate tags and automatically reports any singulated tag via an asynchronous event notification on the event channel.

  • Page 53: View Tags

    Reader Web Console 4 - 25 View Tags All tags read by the reader are stored in a database on the reader. Use View Tags to view the tags in the database as well as change the current Operating Mode (Active or Stand By).

  • Page 54: Check Reader Status

    4 - 26 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Check Reader Status To view the reader status, select Check Reader Status. This information can be used by Zebra Technical Support to verify reader operation. RFID Reader Status Screen Figure 4-26...

  • Page 55: Review Logs

    Reader Web Console 4 - 27 Review Logs To view the reader logs. select Review Logs. These logs can be used by Technical Support to verify reader operation. The reader logs include: • Reader level Logs - System level reader operation •...

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  • Page 57: Chapter 5 Configuring Digital Inputs And Outputs

    Configuring Digital Inputs and Outputs Introduction This chapter provides information on how to configure the FX9500 RFID Reader Digital Inputs and Outputs. Digital Inputs The digital inputs (DIN1 - DIN4) can be used as general purpose inputs or to trigger the reader for tag reading.

  • Page 58: Digital I/o Hardware Connection

    5 - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Digital I/O Hardware Connection The below figure shows a typical sensor/indicator connection to the digital I/Os. FX9500 Digital I/O INfinity 510 Digital I/O Motion Sensor Digital Output Common 12-24 Vdc DOUT4 (Digital Output 4)

  • Page 59: Fx9500 Gpio Connections

    Configuring Digital Inputs and Outputs 5 - 3 FX9500 GPIO Connections The GPIO connector pinouts include the following: • Four GP outputs (open collector to GND, 0.1 Amp max). • Four optically isolated GP inputs (external supply required). DIN1/ DIN3/...

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  • Page 61: Chapter 6 Programming For Fx9500

    This chapter provides information on programming for the FX9500 RFID Reader. Programming for the FX9500 The primary programming interface of the FX9500 RFID reader is via LLRP protocol interface on TCP port 5084. Applications can be developed for the reader in the following ways: •...

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    Appendix A Technical Specifications Introduction This chapter provides detailed mechanical, electrical and environmental information for the FX9500 RFID Reader.

  • Page 64: Reader Specifications

    A - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Reader Specifications Reader Specifications Table A-1 Feature Description Frequency 902 - 928 MHz (Maximum- some countries truncate this band) EU Band 865 - 868 MHz RF Power 10 mW - 1W conducted (Antenna Input - 30 dBm maximum; Reader - 31 dBm)

  • Page 65: Environmental Specifications

    Technical Specifications A - 3 Environmental Specifications Environmental Specifications Table A-2 Feature Description Operating Temperature 4° F to 131° F (-20° C to 55° C) Storage Temperature 40° F to 185° F (-40° C to 85° C) Maximum Shock 1 foot (0.3 meter) drop to any corner Relative Humidity 5% to 95% non-condensing Case Material...

  • Page 66: Digital Input/output Specifications

    A - 4 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Digital Input/Output Specifications Digital Input/Output Specifications Table A-4 Feature Description Connector Phoenix Contact PN 1881422 Input 5 to 24 Vdc, 1 to 5 mA, Optically Isolated Output Open Collector (3 to 40 V, 100 mA Max)

  • Page 67: Ethernet Lan Specifications

    Technical Specifications A - 5 Ethernet LAN Specifications Ethernet LAN Specifications Table A-5 Feature Description Connector RJ-45 Ethernet 10/100 BaseT Indicators Yellow - Indicates link is operational Green - Indicates network traffic detected Signals Pin 1 - TXD+ (Transmit Data +) Pin 2 - TXD - (Transmit Data -) Pin 3 - RXD+ (Receive Data +) Pin 4 - NC...

  • Page 68: Fx9500 Antenna Specifications

    A - 6 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide FX9500 Antenna Specifications Recommended Antenna Specifications Table A-6 Feature Description Frequency (FCC) FCC: 902-928 MHz; EU 865-868 MHz Gain FCC: 6 dBiL max; EU 6 dBiL max VSWR, maximum 1.3:1 or less...

  • Page 69: Appendix B Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT antenna or load from an RF port. Electrostatic Discharge FX9500 RFID Reader antenna ports may be susceptible to damage from static discharge or CAUTION other high voltage. Use proper Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) precautions to avoid static discharge when handling or making connections to the FX9500 RFID reader antenna or communication ports.

  • Page 70: Regulatory Compliance

    B - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Regulatory Compliance The FX9500 RFID Reader is designed to meet the regulatory requirements in those CAUTION jurisdictions in which it is offered. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Zebra Technologies Corporation for compliance could void the user's authority to operate...

  • Page 71: Appendix C Disposal Of Reader

    Appendix C Disposal of Reader Prior to disposing of the FX9500 RFID Reader, the battery must be removed. The battery used in the FX9500 RFID Reader is a Lithium / Manganese Dioxide (Li/MnO2) type. This battery contains no measurable amounts of mercury, lead, or cadmium.

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    C - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide Lift the base off the enclosure. Remove the retaining nuts on each antenna connector. Remove the (2) retaining nut/screws on each side of the serial connector. Remove the (6) screws that are securing the board in place.

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    Index digital outputs ......5-1 DNS servers ....... 4-7 advanced functions .

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    Index - 2 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide general settings ......4-5 page header configuration .

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    Index - 3 tags locating ....... . 5-1 updating device ......2-2 view tags .

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    Index - 4 FX9500 RFID Reader User Guide...

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    Zebra Technologies Corporation Lincolnshire, IL U.S.A. http://www.zebra.com Zebra and the stylized Zebra head are trademarks of ZIH Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2015 ZIH Corp and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 72E-150900-07 Revision A - March 2015...

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