Astra-EX is an easy-to-install integrated 2-port reader/antenna designed for office and commercial environments. Driven by ThingMagics’ powerful Mercury6e (M6e) UHF RFID Module, the Astra EX’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Wi-Fi options allow for flexible, low-cost, single-cable installations. Astra-EX is compatible with corporate IT infrastructures and office layouts. Offers full support for ThingMagic’s enterprise-class MercuryAPI software.

Categories: UHF, RF-ID

Key features of the Astra-EX reader:
• High performance, EPCglobal Gen2 (optional ISO 18000-6B) support, anti-collision Dense Reader Mode (DRM) and advanced anti-jamming functionality
•  Fully integrated 8.5 dBic circular polarized antenna and RP TNC connector to support optional secondary external antenna
• Power over Ethernet (PoE) reduces cabling and proximity to electrical outlets
• The WiFi option provides cost-effective integration with existing corporate WiFi networks. Supports enterprise WiFi security standards, including TKIP, AES, and EAP-TLS
• 32MB flash and 64MB DRAM are available for reader hosted applications
• LLRP v1.0.1 with multi-protocol extensions
• A small form factor (10.2”H x 10.2”W x 3”D)
• An easy-to-use Development Kit for customized applications, settings, deployments and management


High-performance capabilities and application-specific features:
• Separate read and write levels adjustable from 5 dBm to 30 dBm on the integrated antenna and up to 31.5 dBm on the external antenna port
•  A “quick search” mode for reading tags affixed to fast moving objects
• Read speeds of over 750 tags per second with high-performance feature settings
• Up to 30 feet read range for 2nd Generation UHF RFID tags
• Ability to quickly adapt to changing tag populations
• Ability to acquire 128 bytes of data with each tag read
• Full cool-Log™ instruction set support for IDS SL900A sensor tags