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    Posted: 08 March 2006 at 2:08am
Hi Mr Amal,  i've bought ur book last Saturday and read  about Skyetek reader. I would like to know if there is other readers that u can  recommend as the Skyetek reader is, i my opinion, expensive.. I know it only costs $115, but if u convert it to RM (Ringgit Malaysia), it will cost me about RM437 and that does not include postage n shipping.

I'm currently building an EAS system for my school project, and I'm applying your methods described in Chapter 6- Building a Smart Shelf in ur book.

It would be very much appreciated if u could help me with this. Other forum members can help too..

Thank you in advance
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There are some other reader options out there, but in general none of these will be as cheap or easy to use as the SkyeTek M1. The M1 has a built-in on-board antenna and has multiple I/O options like RS232, TTL, I2C, etc. One general rule about RFID is that as the frequency goes up, so does the price. Mostly this has to do with the additional features that HF readers are capable of implementing.

I've listed some links to other options below.

http://www.arcontia.se/products/m1.php

http://www.sirit.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=v iew&id=115&Itemid=153

http://managingautomation.com/maonline/directory/product/131 1424

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Mr Amal, what about this..
http://rfidusa.com/superstore/product_info.php?cPath=37_31&a mp;a mp;products_id=284
This module as almost the same as the M1 module. Please give comments.



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Well, at first glance it appears that the module would work for you. I didn't notice an on-board antenna, so you might have to buy/connect an external antenna. I am impressed that it appears to be able to read both LF and HF tags, meaning you'd probably need two separate antennas. Although it appears to only read TI's 134.2KHz LF tags, which is kind of a bummer.

What is the cost of this TI reader module? You should be able to get the M1 board for around $120 US.




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It's $85 US.
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Yeah, $85 seems like a good deal, especially considering you'd probably have to use an external antenna for your smart shelf project anyways.

You might also check out Tectus parts: http://www.tec-tus.com/rfid/home.htm

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