Thingmagic Astra Integrated UHF RFID Reader/Antenna

2-Port Integrated UHF RFID Reader

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

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Key features of Astra-EX reader include:

High performance, EPCglobal Gen2 (optional ISO 18000-6B) support with anti-collision Dense Reader Mode (DRM) and advanced anti-jamming functionality.

A fully integrated 8.5 dBic circularly-polarized antenna and an RP TNC connector to support an optional secondary external antenna.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) reduces cabling and electrical outlet proximity requirements.

WiFi option, providing low cost integration with existing enterprise WiFi networks. Supports enterprise WiFi security standards including TKIP, AES and EAP-TLS.

32MB of flash and 64MB of DRAM available for reader-hosted applications.

LLRP v1.0.1 with multiprotocol 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 include:

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 ‘fast search’ mode for reading tags affixed to fast-moving objects.

Read rate over 750 tags per second with high-performance feature settings.

Read range up to 30 feet for Generation 2 UHF RFID tags.

The ability to rapidly adapt to changing tag populations.

The ability to obtain 128 bytes of data with every tag read.

Support for the full cool-Log™ command set for IDS SL900A sensor tags.