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ThingMagic Astra-EX - Enterprise Grade Integrated UHF RFID Reader/Antenna

Driven by ThingMagic's powerful Mercury5e UHF RFID reader module


Astra-EX is an easy to install, unobtrusive, integrated 2-port reader/antenna designed for office and commercial environments. Driven by ThingMagics powerful Mercury6e (M6e) UHF RFID Module, Astra-EX’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and Wi-Fi options allow for flexible, low cost, single cable installations. Astra-EX blends in well with corporate IT infrastructures and office layouts, and offers full support for ThingMagic’s enterprise-class MercuryAPI software.

Astra features include:

  • High performance, EPCglobal Generation 2.0 (ISO 18000-6C) support with anti-collision, Dense Reader Mode (DRM) and advanced anti-jamming functionality.
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) reduces cabling and electrical outlet proximity requirements.
  • WiFi option, providing low cost integration with existing enterprise WiFi networks. Supports enterprise WiFi security standards including TKIP, AES and EAP-TLS.
  • Integrated 865-956 MHz circularly-polarized antenna with 6 dBiL gain and 65° beamwidth.
  • ThingMagic's MercuryOS software, for application development, network management and security.
  • 16MB of flash and 32MB of RAM available for reader-hosted applications.
  • Read range up to 30 feet for Generation 2 UHF RFID tags.
  • Read rate over 400  tags per second.
  • An external antenna port for an additional antenna.
  • An easy to use Development Kit for customized applications, settings, deployments and management.
  • A small form factor (10.2"H x 10.2"W x 3"D).

Development Kits

The Mercury DevKit for ThingMagic fixed/finished UHF RFID readers contains all the components necessary to begin reading and writing RFID tags and developing RFID-enabled applications. A powerful application programming interface (MercuryAPI) provides code examples, a graphical read-write demo program, and delivers a consistent programmatic interface for development with all ThingMagic fixed and embedded reader products.

Development Kits are reader specific. Individual DevKits must be purchased for each ThingMagic reader type.


RFID Specifications

RFID Protocol SupportEPCglobal Gen2 (ISO 18000-6C) with DRM ISO 18000-6B (optional)
RFID ProcessorIntel IXP420 Network Processor
Tag Buffer65,000 tags
Max Tag Read RateUp to 400 tags/second
Max Tag Read DistanceOver 30 feet (9 m) with integrated 6 dBiL antenna (36 dBm EIRP)
Max Receive Sensitivity-65 dBm at full transmit power with typical antenna**
** Receive sensitivity will improve as transmit power is reduced
MercuryOS FeaturesNetworking: Cisco-certified DHCP & DNS-based configuration and firmware management, TCP/IP networking stack
Security: SSL/SSH-based security
Web based applications: Configuration and Monitoring from a web browser; HTTP/HTTPS
Protocol: Reader Query Language (RQL) and MercuryOS C API
Communication: Supports thread safe local applications, and remote applications on Windows and Linux (x86 and ARM)
Wireless/LAN802.11 b/g (optional) WEP 40-bit and 104-bit keys
WPA & WPA2 with TKIP and AES algorithms with preshared keys or EAP-TLS
10/100 Base-T Ethernet interface
PoEPower over Ethernet 802.3af in both modes A and B (Supports 100m cable)
Antenna ConnectorOne integrated 8.5 dBiC antenna, 865 to 960 MHz, plus 1 RP TNC connector to support optional external antenna
RF Power OutputSeparate read and write levels, adjustable from 5 dBm to 31.5 dBm* (1.4W) on external port
Up to 30.0 dBm (1.0 W) into integrated antenna with +/-0.5 dBm accuracy above +15 dBm
Regulatory/FrequencyFCC 902-928 MHz (Americas)
ETSI 865.6-867.6 MHz (EU)
KCC 917-920.8 MHz (Korea)
TRAI 865-867 MHz (India)
ACMA 920-926 MHz (Australia)
ConnectorRJ45 (10/100 Base-T Ethernet)
USB Type B (console port)
USB Type A (accessory port)
HD15 (GPIO interface)
2.5 mm screw-lock barrel (DC power)
Female SMA (optional WiFi antenna)
GPIO Sensors and Indicators1 LED indicator;
Opto-isolated GPIOs: 4 Inputs & 4 Outputs


ElectricalExternal DC Power (optional): 10-30 VDC supply voltage.
Maximum DC power: 15 W
Mechanical26 cm L x 26 cm W x 7.6 cm H
(10.2 in L x 10.2 in W x 3.0 in H)
SoftwareRefer to the ThingMagic Mercury API page for further information
TemperatureTemperature range (operation): -20C to +50°C
Temperature range (storage): -40C to +85°C
Humidity5% to 95% non-condensing
Safety/CertificationFCC 47 CFR Ch. 1 Part 15; Industrie
Canada RSS-21 0 ETSI EN 302 208
V1.1.1 and V1.2.1 (Planned); ETSI EN 300
220 V2.1.1 (Planned)
UL Listed
Warranty1 Year

Ordering Details

BoardA6-NA-POE Astra-EX Reader - POE, North America
A6-EU-POE Astra-EX Reader - POE, Europe

A6-NA-WIFI Astra-EX Reader - WiFi, North America, AC adaptor sold separately
A6-EU-WIFI Astra-EX Reader - WiFi, Europe, AC adaptor sold separately

If no prior Development Kit has been purchased, customer MUST purchase the Astra-EX Reader Development Kit.

Note that the original Astra product is now EOL (last time buy date 23rd April 2015)
AccessoriesA5-DEVKIT Astra Development Kit (does not include reader)
A6-DEVKIT Astra-EX Development Kit (does not include reader or AC adaptor)
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