I just purchased the RFIDRW-E-USB RFID reader from Priority 1 Design (see this page, datasheet available in PDF form.)
I have tried to make it work on my computer (Ubuntu), before plugging it to my Raspberry Pi, but I had not luck so far and I am running out of ideas on how to make it work.
I connected the provided antenna to the A+ and A- nodes on the board but did not solder it in place, as I plan on installing another antenna later and I'm not really good at welding. (I made sure the stripped part of the wire was touching a metal part on the board, and taped them in place.)
Then, I plugged the whole thing in my computer, and I can see the board as
Then, inspired by the code for a Parallax RFID reader (from here), I tried the following in Python (with super user privilege):
import serial device = serial.Serial("/dev/ttyUSB0", 2400, timeout=5) while True: tag = device.read(12) # Tries to read the ISO tag format made of 12 digits if len(tag) != 0: # If something has been read, print it then break out of the loop print tag break
When I approach a tag, nothing happens.
Is there a flaw in my method? What is the most likely cause of error in these steps?
EDIT: After contacting their customer support, I have been told to use a virtual com port driver to communicate with the FTDI chip, from here. Since I want to code in python, I will try various python modules for FTDI chips.
EDIT2: So now I can communicate with my device, but only in interactive mode. I can use
screen to connect:
sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB0. Then, I can use the various commands shown in the datasheet. If I enter
ver (followed by a carriage return), I receive the expected output
?09. Now I just need to do the same in Python...
EDIT3: The FTDI chip is FT232RL. Google shows me a lot of people successfully using this chip with Python (in bitbang mode). There must be something simple I'm missing...