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ThingMagic Astra-EX Integrated RAIN RFID Reader

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

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.
  • Wi-Fi option, providing low cost integration with existing enterprise Wi-Fi networks. Supports enterprise Wi-Fi security standards including TKIP, AES and EAP-TLS.  Note:  The Astra-EX WIFI version is not available to ship to Europe.
  • 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.

Astra-EX is available in North America, EU (except the WIFI version), India and Australia.


POE, North America         A6-NA-POE
POE, Europe                      A6-EU-POE
POE, India                          A6-IN-POE
POE, Australia                  A6-AU-POE
*WiFi, North America        A6-NA-WIFI
*WiFi, India                         A6-IN-WIFI
*WiFi, Australia                 A6-AU-WIFI

* AC adapter sold separately