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I want to keep track of UHF RFID stickers. I'm hoping to do this using a Raspberry Pi zero attached to an UHF RFID reader. I acquired this reader:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32848525319.html

intending to use it over TTY via this Python library:

https://github.com/wabson/chafon-rfid

After digging into it a bit more (but not before already purchasing some of the components) I've realized that the voltage for the TTY pins on the Raspberry Pi and on the reader take different voltages (maximum 3.3v on the pi and minimum 3.5v on the reader). From what I've read, I should be able to solve this problem with a level shifter. So I've purchased this:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1972789887.html

However, I'm not entirely sure how to use the level shifter/if it's as simple as it seems. I've read a bit about it and I think I know what to do, but I really don't want to burn out the pi or the reader.

What I intend to do is:

  1. Wire the 5v pin on the pi to one breadboard positive rail
  2. Wire the 3.3v pin on the pi to the other breadboard positive rail
  3. Wire the 5v breadboard positive rail to the VCC pin on the reader
  4. Wire the 5v breadboard positive rail to the HV pin on the level shifter
  5. Wire the 3.3v breadboard positive rail to the LV pin on the level shifter
  6. Wire a GND pin on the pi to a breadboard negative rail
  7. Wire the breadboard negative rail to a GND pin on the reader
  8. Wire the TX pin on the pi to LV1 pin on the level shifter
  9. Wire the RX pin on the pi to LV2 pin on the level shifter
  10. Wire the TX pin on the reader to HV2 (to connect TX on the reader to RX on the pi)
  11. Wire the RX pin on the reader to HV1 (to connect TX on the pi to RX on the reader)

Does this make sense? Am I missing anything?

EDIT: Here is a diagram of what I was originally suggesting:

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And here is a diagram of what I think Milliways is suggesting:

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Either of those should work (obviously assuming you select the appropriate pins on the device.

Frankly I wouldn't do it this way.

A typical use of a Level Shifter is shown directly wired to a device.

The Pi is on the Right, the Red wire is 5V to HV; the Black Gnd (both soldered to the same pads) Pink is 3.3V to LV, Grey GPIO.

This is only unidirectional you might want to use 2 Level shifters, but you can normally connect the Pi Tx directly to the Rx without.

Level Shifter

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  • I figured out how to make diagrams (I used Fritzing) and attached one for what I was initially thinking and one for what I think you're suggesting. Would you mind taking a look? – Dylan Feb 1 at 3:49

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