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What are POE (Power over Ethernet) RFID Readers? Your best bet in remote areas

  • Abhishek Shukla
  • Mar 22, 2024
  • RFID
 POE (Power over Ethernet)

The RFID technology has been around for a long time since it was first used during WW2 but the commercial success of RFID is still limited however expected to pick up by the end of this decade. The RFID market is growing at a CAGR of 13.2% and will cross the 40.2B USD mark by the end of 2030, as per a report on the RFID market.

That being said, RFID still hasn’t found ground in most developing countries, especially in remote areas. The cost of implementing RFID is already high, even though RFID tag prices have come down to a great extent to 4-5 cents per UHF RFID tag from what it was few years ago (40-50 cents).

Power over Ethernet (POE) RFID readers are a perfect solution that has the potential to reach wider users in remote areas as these readers don’t need AC power supply.


A RAIN RFID POE reader like the Zebra FX9600 is an RFID reader that draws power using an Ethernet cable when it is connected to a computer system for reading and sending the data. These RFID readers offer a great reading range of up to 30m and are most suitable for installation in remote areas where AC power is not available all the time.

As rightly named Power over Ethernet, RAIN RFID POE readers work on the frequency range of 860MHz-960MHz and follow the Air Interface Protocol EPC Class 1 Gen 2 / ISO 18000-63. One R700 POE RAIN RFID reader from Impinj offers 4 antenna ports extendable up to 32 antennas. It is suitable for next-gen RFID demands in IOT and enterprise level solutions offering a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM memory and 1 GB Flash memory to meet the high demands.

How a POE RFID Reader is different than other RFID readers?

Power Over Ethernet RFID readers are a class of RFID readers that have distinct advantages over other RFID readers we have seen so far. These readers are powered over Ethernet, which means that they are integrated with the network infrastructure and do not require separate power cables making them much more convenient to install and operate than AC powered RFID readers.

POE RFID Readers have single handedly extended the RFID applications in remote areas and are very popular at the moment. It has also removed the need for power supply infrastructure altogether.

POE RAIN RFID readers also offer improved accuracy over other RFID readers because POE readers use advanced signal processing algorithms that can differentiate between different types of RFID tags, even in challenging environments and high end IoT solutions. It ensures that the reader can accurately identify and track items even in crowded environments.

These readers can read a wide range of tag types and frequencies too. So, POE RFID readers are ideal for a variety of applications that include inventory management, asset tracking, and logistics and inventory management etc. It can also support multiple communication protocols, such as ISO 15693, ISO 18000-3, and EPCglobal Class 1 Gen 2.

POE RAIN RFID readers are also very reliable, thanks to their rugged and compact design and advanced features such as built-in diagnostics and self-healing capabilities. It allows for continued functioning even if a fault occurs, reducing downtime and increasing productivity. The rugged design is also helpful in extreme environmental conditions such as rain, moisture and heat.


Where you can buy an RFID POE Reader?

POE RAIN RFID readers offer many unique benefits over other RFID readers including improved accuracy, a wide range of tag compatibility, and reliable operation. As the demand for RFID increases in remote areas where power is an issue, the POE RAIN RFID readers will become even more popular and widely used in various applications.

If you want to buy a POE RFID reader in India, EnCstore offers a range of high quality POE RFID readers that function over the frequency 860MHz-960MHz (UHF RFID) and come with 4 antenna ports, rugged design, great read range (25m-30m) and high read-rate.

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  • Created on Jul 20, 2023

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