I'm planning on doing some project just for fun and education purposes. My project involves RFID technology. I don't have much experience on this topic, however I've been doing research on it and I kind of understand the way it works and how to be implemented using Arduino (which is something I plan on using).

  • Is there any RFID Reader Module with MUX integrated?

I have found many artifacts that may be useful, although the price is pretty expensive and I only need something pretty basic. As for now I have only encountered this module, I don't know if any of you have worked with RFID NFC Pepper C1 MUX UART/USB.

The problem with this module is that, it limits up to 8 external antennas, but I want to know if there's a possible alternative on using any other RFID Reader Module and manipulate it in order to expand the number of ports. I have read about many other types of RFID Readers and the most common one is the MFRC522, although this one already includes an antenna on its own module. I have also read other topics here in StackExchange about using an ordinary MUX connected through an Arduino and the RFID Reader, but not sure if that's an optimal way of doing it. Instead I was thinking on something more centralized on pure RFID reading as the RFID Pepper C1 MUX.

Also I have seen that other people have been able to connect TRF7960A Module to an Arduino to make it work and also implement Multiplexing on it.

Hopefully you can help me on finding alternatives on how to accomplish this through a more economical way. I'm open to learning more about electronics, so I'll be glad to hear you.

Sources I've looked into:

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    – SamGibson
    Feb 16, 2022 at 0:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ what's an ordinary MUX? \$\endgroup\$
    – jsotola
    Feb 16, 2022 at 1:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Perfect, I'll edit my question. And I refer to ordinary MUX because there are some companies that sell RFID Multiplexers, but pretty expensive, talking about +$1000 USD I don't know if those contain some special features other than just MUX 1 to 8. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 16, 2022 at 23:43

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The RFID you are referring to is 13.58MHz. This means you’ll need coaxial cable and connectors between your antennas and reader hardware. The cost of this as well as the circuitry to multiplex it will exceed the cost of simply having multiple reader boards with their own pcb antenna.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So, for a starting test, you would recommend on using multiple common RFID Readers such as the MFRC522 Module? And yeah, I knew I would need coaxial cable for my antennas, they even sell the RFID Mux Module Antennas with their corresponding coaxial cable \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 23:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ The goal of learning technology and asking for technical advice on an unfeasible approach might be rewarding to you but the cost of an RF connector pair will be greater than the MFRC522 board for <$1 in volume. So perhaps if you can focus your design specs to include budget, learning experience and overall purpose, then the design spec questions will put your goals in better focus and perspective. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 16, 2022 at 0:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, I'm open to spend money just not that much as I've seen on some products. Because I've encountered RFID MUX over 500 USD. Difference on the one I present on my post, I'm just wondering if someone has already worked with that particular MUX module or if someone has any other workaround. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 16, 2022 at 23:47

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