Wireless NFC Reader – µFR Nano Online

ISO14443 Type A & B, ISO18092 Wireless Card Programmer

Wireless NFC Reader µFR Nano Online is a cross-platform NFC Reader/Writer based on Digital Logic proprietary API and communication protocol, combined with an ESP32 system on a chip microcontroller.

ESP32 add-on hardware marks the µFR Nano Online as a unique new product in the Digital Logic portfolio. It’s featuring NFC Reader/Writer with USB, RS232 (UART TTL), WiFi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth connectivity, RTC (Real Time Clock), external EEPROM, user-controllable beeper, RGB LEDs, 6 pin IO Port (3 pins for input/output, 2 pins for input only and 1 pin for output only) and one port for connecting the additional uFR Nano RS232 NFC Reader.

All this fits in a compact housing of only 86 x 27 x 9 mm.

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Who is it for?

µFR Nano Online Reader/Writer is primarily intended for development companies and individuals (professionals and hobbyists) for further applications and turnkey solutions development. It is mainly implemented in projects that require Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth communication. GPIO pins allow interaction with other electronic devices. Besides, the reader supports running custom firmware (ESP-IDF or Arduino), convenient for the clients who intend to build stand-alone NFC solutions. For this reason, it comes with a fully-featured Software Development Kit, including firmware, libraries, source code examples, and documentation for various platforms, operating systems, and development environments. We launch upgrades frequently (including firmware, libraries, and API), all available to download at our official website for FREE.

In addition to all mentioned above, our free, extensive, and fast-responsive support brings Wireless NFC Reader/ Writer µFR Nano Online to an outstanding position in this industry sector.

Hardware

µFR Nano Online is a wireless NFC reader based on ISO14443 A/B and ISO18092 standards.
The device hardware is comprised of two main boards, each providing its own set of features and functionality:

  • µFR Nano NFC Reader
  • ESP32 add-on board.

Since the µFR Nano hardware is one of the integrated parts of this device, µFR Nano Online also uses the entire SDK package like all other devices of the µFR series.

SDK includes:

  • SDK in multiple programming languages
  • Cross-platform libraries
  • NFC tag emulation
  • Digital Signing support
  • Working with MIFARE cards (Classic, Ultralight, Ultralight C, DESFire, DESFire Lite, Plus), NTAG2xx, NTAG DNA, JCOP (Java Cards)
  • Firmware, library, and software SDK upgrades
  • Browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, and Opera)
  • Etc.

ESP32 add-on board provides:

  • Additional communication types such as Wi-Fi (UDP, TCP, HTTP, Web Socket), Ethernet (UDP, TCP, HTTP, Web Socket), Bluetooth (BLE, Serial and HID)
  • External device communication ports such as configurable GPIO (6 pins) and UART TTL
  • EEPROM, RTC (Real Time Clock), and battery for RTC
  • 2 RGB LEDs
  • Enabled storing software code inside the device
  • IDF and Arduino code support
uFR-Nano-Online

With outstanding modulation and demodulation concepts, and many integrated 13.56 MHz contactless communication protocols, this device implementation becomes reliable and simple to every RFID NFC solution developer.

Card/Tag Support

Both hardware and software, are fully developed, tested, and successfully implemented with the following card/tag types:

  • MIFARE Mini®,
  • MIFARE Classic® (1K, 4K, EV1),
  • MIFARE Ultralight®,
  • MIFARE Ultralight C®,
  • MIFARE Plus® (2K, 4K),
  • MIFARE DESFire® (Light, 2K, 4K, 8K, EV1, EV2),
  • NXP NTAG® 21x (210, 213, 215, 216, Tag Tamper),
  • NXP NTAG® 4xx DNA (413, 424),
  • NXP JCOP® Java Card (J3A040, J3A081, J3H145, JC30M48CR).

Additionally, this tool supports all other tags compatible with the listed above.

Furthermore, the configurable GPIO (6 pins) and UART of µFR Nano Online device enable the additional NFC Readers to connect. It also contains external EEPROM and optional RTC (Real Time Clock).

Even though the supported technologies list is already wide, our development team constantly works on product improvements and upgrades, staying in line with this technology global trends. 

Hardware Compatibility

µFR Nano Online is fully compatible with other µFR Series devices. This allows a quick and easy upgrade of all ongoing projects based on other µFR Series devices. Therefore, developers do not need to modify previously written code to integrate it with new hardware. Likewise, the new API set for network connectivity is extremely intuitive and easy to implement.

The introduction of ESP32 support allows users to write their ESP32 code in an Arduino-like IDE, and to create a completely stand-alone working device capable to operate autonomously.

Firmware

Digital Logic proprietary interoperable firmware runs on all MCU platform based µFR Series hardware. The reader and the host establish communication through the high-speed FTDI chip direct access.

At the core, on the communication level, the device uses a Digital Logic unique proprietary communication protocol
µFR Series firmware contains many complex built-in functions that can be called via libraries explained in API docs.

Most of the functions are developed to make „ life easier” for developers and integrators by decreasing their development time, such as: 
  • Support for multiple RFID NFC readers on a single host
  • The entire set of commands for MIFARE Classic® manipulation (according to the manufacturer specification)
  • Various addressing schemes (Block, BlockInSector)
  • The key storage handling (on-way, write-only, no reading of Key stored )
  • Various applying Key modes (by index, or by the scheme)
  • Value block manipulation
  • Using entire memory structure as linear space ( convenient for most card types)
  • NFC tags handling, NDEF format parsing in the firmware
  • AES128 “on the fly” built-in hardware encryption, which is extremely important for working with complex DESFire security keys
  • AES128 encryption of files and keys in DESFire cards
  • MIFARE Plus support
  • MIFARE Ultralight C support
  • APDU command structure support, where applicable (ISO 14443-4 layer)
  • Asynchronous UID sending from reader to host COM port when a card is present – the feature is user-programmable.
µFR Nano Online supports the following operation modes:
  • Transparent mode – Device acts like a regular NFC reader and communicates with a host (PC, mobile…) via USB cable
  • Slave mode – Device acts as a regular NFC reader but communicates with a host (PC, mobile…) via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • Master mode – Standalone mode. Device sends all scanned card information to a predefined server address via the HTTP POST method. It doesn’t require a host (PC, mobile…). It requires, only a stable network connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet)
  • Bluetooth Serial – Device acts as a regular NFC reader but communicates via Bluetooth Serial protocol with a host (PC, mobile, etc)
  • Bluetooth BLE – Device acts as a regular NFC reader but communicates via Bluetooth Low Energy protocol with a host (PC, mobile, etc)
  • Bluetooth HID – Device acts as a keyboard emulation device (for example like a barcode reader). It sends card UID to a paired device’s text input field.

The μFR Firmware key feature is the ability to call all its functions using our communication protocol.
Therefore, the μFR device implementation is possible on almost any platform with a serial interface by using the communication protocol.

uFR Nano Online connectedSupported platforms include:
  • PC
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
  • Embedded systems
  • Raspberry Pi and other compatible Single Board Computers
  • Beagleboard 
  • MIPS boards
  • PLCs
  • Arduino.

Frequent firmware updates include new features, improvements, and bug-fixes while preserving backward compatibility with the previous versions. 
Accordingly, project code and developed software are safe, so there is no need for any changes after a firmware upgrade.

All firmware updates and upgrades are FREE and available at the Digital Logic official GitLab repository.

IMPORTANT: Unlike other µFR series devices, µFR Nano Online also supports custom-developed firmware enrollment for the ESP32 microcontroller. This feature is enabled by the OEM Unlock option of the online flasher. It replaces the reader µFR Firmware and allows the developer to run custom firmware for ESP32. ESP32 can run Arduino and ESP-IDF code.

Software Development Kit

This RFID NFC reader comes with a fully-featured Software Development Kit with external libraries, examples with source codes, documentation about API reference, communication protocol, and many useful software tools.

Libraries are cross-compiled for various platforms and so far support:

  • Windows x86/x64
  • Windows ARM/UWP
  • Linux x86/x64
  • Linux ARM/ARM64/ARMHF
  • macOS x64
  • iOS x64
  • Android
  • Arduino
  • ESP32.
Our team is ready to develop additional libraries on client request. The request realization speed depends on our current project plans and eventual partnership agreement.
All examples are written for all major developing platforms and languages, such as:

Our team is ready to develop additional  SDK examples in other programming languages on client request. The request realization speed depends on our current project plans and eventual partnership agreement.

Wireless NFC Reader module uFR Nano Online - WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet.

Package includes a set of very useful SDK source code software and executable apps. Some of these are:
  • MIFARE Classic® (1k, 4k, EV1) cards and tags programming software
  • MIFARE® DESFire® (Light, 2k, 4k, 8k, EV1, EV2) cards and tags programming software
  • MIFARE PLUS® (2k, 4k) cards and tags programming software
  • MIFARE Ultralight® (EV1) cards and tags programming software
  • MIFARE Ultralight® C cards and tags programming software
  • NTAG® (2xx, DNA, Tag Tamper) cards and tags programming software
  • Application for common NDEF messages creating and writing into NFC tags
  • Credit cards reding app (public data only)
  • Formatter – software tool for card/tag formatting and programming
  • uFR2FileSystem and uFR2File Lite – Keyboard simulation app, with a data reading, data parsing into several formats, and sending data to MySQL database via HTTP
  • uFR Shell – Shell-like environment for easy testing and automation
  • Browser extensions (add-ons) for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
  • Application for reading ePassports (Machine Readable Travel Documents)
  • Digital Signing app
  • APDU commands sending software
  • JCOP cards programming software.
COMMON APPLICATIONS
  • Electronic payment systems
  • Identification systems
  • Access control systems
  • Subscription services
  • Banking systems
  • Digital content system
  • Customer loyalty systems
  • Vending machines
  • Time & attendance
  • Machine work attendance
  • NFC card and tag programming
  • NFC NDEF records management
  • Network access control
  • Inventory management
  • Software login management
  • Automatic fare collection
  • Public transport terminals
  • Cashless payment
  • Parking systems
  • Reception desk services
  • Event visitors attendance
  • Authentication and authorization
  • Libraries, museums, stadium events
FEATURES
  • Identity verification, data exchange & contactless transaction
  • Useful for the binding device to software license
  • Supporting multiple OS (Win, Linux, Android)
  • USB compliant interface
  • Operating Frequency: 13.56MHz
  • Proximity read/write speed up to 424 kbps
  • Built-in antenna for contactless tag access, with a reading distance of up to 60 mm
  • Supports MIFARE® and other ISO 14443 Type A/B
  • Supports ISO18092 NFC tags
  • Built-in anti-collision feature
  • RFID Reader locking by passwords and keys
  • Application Programming Interface:
  • Virtual COM through FTDI
  • User controllable LEDs
  • Three-year warranty
SOFTWARE FEATURES
  • NFC cards and tags reading/writing (programming) 
  • NFC NDEF Record writing: MIME types, URI types, vCard, SMS, Phone, URL
  • Card formatting
  • Card linear space emulation
  • Card block direct access
  • Card sectors and blocks indirect access
  • Card Keys and Access Bits management
  • Block values management (increment/decrement)
  • Asynchronously sending of Card UID to COM port (feature programmable)
  • DES and 3DES Software Encryption
  • Optional APDU structure (application protocol data unit) with examples of the Credit Card use in public data reading
  • Shell-like environment for easy testing and automation
  • Web browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
  • Digital Signing source code examples: contactless signing of digital documents with PKI (public key infrastructure) certificates
µFR Nano Online Specification
FeatureDescription
Operating frequency 13.56 MHz
Read range Operating distance is 0-60mm (0”-2.36”), depending on the antenna geometry and reader configuration
Read/Write speed Up to 424 kbps
Supply current180mA – 500mA (depends on the operation mode)
Supply voltage 5V
Supported cards and tags

MIFARE® family: MIFARE Mini®, MIFARE Classic® (1K, 4K, EV1), MIFARE Ultralight®, MIFARE Ultralight C®, MIFARE PLUS® (2K, 4K), MIFARE DESFire® (Light, 2K, 4K, 8K, EV1, EV2)

NTAG® family: NXP NTAG® 2xx Type 2 (210, 213, 215, 216 Tag Tamper), NXP NTAG® 4xx DNA Type 4 (413, 424)

SmartMX® family: NXP JCOP® Java Card (J3A040, J3A081, J3H145, JC30M48CR)

Connection and power supplyUSB, UART, WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth
SoftwareLibrary and SDK for Java, Java Applet, JavaScript, Node JS extensions, Lazarus, Borland Delphi, C, C + + Builder, C++ WxWidgets, Microsoft® Visual C++ .NET, Microsoft® Visual C #, Microsoft® Visual Basic .NET, PHP, Python, and Arduino IDE examples
Supported Operating SystemsMicrosoft® Windows™, Linux®, macOS, Android
Supported platformsWindows x86/x64, Windows ARM/UWP, Linux x86/x64, Linux ARM/ARM64/ARMHF, macOS x64, iOS x64, Android, Arduino, ESP32
Smart Card Interface ISO14443 Type A & B, ISO18092 
Related equipment USB cable, Free software download
Certification CE, RoHS
Size & Weight 
Device versionSize (mm)Device weightCommercial set weight
µFR Nano Online86 x 27 x 930 g119 g
µFR Nano Ethernet86 x 27 x 1128 g147 g
AccessoriesCards, key-fobs, labels, wristbands, tags

 

µFR Nano Online Specification
FeatureDescription
Operating frequency 13.56 MHz
Read range Operating distance is 0-60mm (0”-2.36”), depending on the antenna geometry and reader configuration
Read/Write speed Up to 424 kbps
Supply current180mA – 500mA (depends on the operation mode
Supply voltage 5V
Supported cards and tags

MIFARE® family: MIFARE Mini®, MIFARE Classic® (1K, 4K, EV1), MIFARE Ultralight®, MIFARE Ultralight C®, MIFARE PLUS® (2K, 4K, S, X, EV1), MIFARE DESFire® (Light, 2K, 4K, 8K, EV1, EV2)

NTAG® family: NXP NTAG® 2xx Type 2 (210, 213, 215, 216 Tag Tamper), NXP NTAG® 4xx DNA Type 4 (413, 424)

SmartMX® family: NXP JCOP® Java Card (J3A040, J3A081, J3H145, JC30M48CR)

Connection and power supplyUSB, UART, WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth
SoftwareLibrary and SDK for Java, Java Applet, JavaScript, Node JS extensions, Lazarus, Borland Delphi, C, C + + Builder, C++ WxWidgets, Microsoft® Visual C++ .NET, Microsoft® Visual C #, Microsoft® Visual Basic .NET, PHP, Python, and Arduino IDE examples
Supported Operating SystemsMicrosoft® Windows™, Linux®, macOS, Android
Supported platformsWindows x86/x64, Windows ARM/UWP, Linux x86/x64, Linux ARM/ARM64/ARMHF, macOS x64, iOS x64, Android, Arduino, ESP32
Smart Card Interface ISO14443 Type A & B, ISO18092 
Related equipment USB cable, Free software download
Certification CE, RoHS
AccessoriesCards, key-fobs, labels, wristbands, tags

 

Size & Weight 
ModelDimensions (mm)DeviceCommercial Set
µFR Nano86 x 27 x 930 g119 g
µFR Nano OEM86 x 27 x 1128 g147 g
uFR Nano UART87 x 27 x 50.11 k80 g

WARRANTY: 36 MONTHS

All µFR Series devices have an extended “Three-year” warranty.

Device setup and testing instructions

1) Device setup

To set the device, follow the video instruction with the device functionality and connectivity options overview. This video explains how to connect to the device and set the configuration for one of the operation modes listed above.

2) Operating modes demonstration

3) Testing on a PC(Wi-Fi)

Follow the device setup and configuration steps:

  • Install the latest firmware release for the ESP32 board by using the Flashing tool
  • Follow the video demonstration >>>  Warch Video Tutorial
  • Install the latest firmware release for the µFR Nano board by using the Flashing tool 
  • Follow the video instruction to connect the µFR Nano Online to the Wi-Fi network >>> Warch Video Tutorial

NOTICE: Make sure you remember the newly designated IP address, as you will need it to connect your device once it restarts. In case you forget the IP address, use the following tool to scan your network for µFR Nano Online readers  >>> Download uFR Online Finder

  • Follow the previous video instruction to setup “slave mode” and TCP protocol. Click Save and reboot
  • Download and run the source code software example for working with MIFARE Classic cards  >>> Download Software Example
  • Check the “Use Advanced options” checkbox option to open the additional options for device port opening
  • Enter the following parameters to connect to your device:

Reader type: 0

Port name: YOUR_DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS

Port interface: T

Arg: 0

  • Click Reader Open option to connect the reader. The beeper will signalize when the device is connected.

If the connection is established, the status bar will display the UFR_OK status message.

Now you can scan, read, or write the data into the card.

4) Testing on a PC(USB)

  • Download and run the source code software example for working with MIFARE Classic cards  >>> Download Software Example
  • Click Reader Open option to connect the reader. The beeper will signalize when the device is connected. If the connection is established, the status bar will display the UFR_OK status message
  • Scan, read, or write the data into the card

Downloads: API Documentation, µFR COM Protocol, Software source code examples with SDK

The documentation contains a detailed explanation of API and communication protocol reference with actual byte-level examples for communication protocol implementation. Our API provides a very comfortable way of implementation, and we highly recommend it. When API implementation is not possible, a communication protocol is a very good alternative. We provide regular updates for all libraries, firmware, examples, tools, and documents. Updates are FREE and are available for download from the official Digital Logic GitLab repository

In terms of support, our team strives to always provide quick responses. Depending on the inquiry complexity, you can expect an answer in 24 to 48 hours.

In addition, we are open to custom development requirements based on specific customer needs. Feel free to contact us for any questions or further assistance regarding your projects and implementation.