Hex – R1290I

Multipurpose RAIN RFID Reader with PoE

  • RAIN (UHF - EPC Class1 Gen2, ISO 18000-63) Compliant
  • USB and Ethernet communication
  • HID on USB
  • Integrated circular polarized antenna and external antenna connector
  • Versatile form factor
  • PoE or external power supply
  • USB host port
  • OLED display and keypad
  • Points of sale
  • Encoding stations
  • Access control
  • Inventory management
  • Document tracking


The Hex (Model R1290IE, R1290IU), multipurpose reader of the easy2read© product line, is a RAIN RFID reader with integrated circular polarized antenna for short to medium range applications.

Thanks to its versatile form factor, the Hex is well suited for both desktop/counter top applications and for fixed reading point installations. It offers the Ethernet (PoE) and USB communication interface in order to simplify the installation both on large and single installations. The Power over Ethernet capability permits to provide power and to communicate with the reader with a single cable when the PoE infrastructure is available.

In addition to the internal circular polarized antenna, the Hex provides a connector for an external antenna in order to extend the reading area of the reader and a set of GPIO lines that permits to control external devices like lights or alarms or to get triggers via external sensors (buttons, light barriers).

The USB host port, combined with the internal computing architecture, permits to connect USB peripherals like barcode scanners, keyboards, printers and many others transforming the Hex reader in a powerful and versatile identification platform.

The reader has an easy to use display and keypad interface for local configuration; the behaviour of the keypad and display can be customized under customer specifications.

The Hex is available both for European and US regions allowing installations in various countries worldwide as needed by retailers, forwarders, warehouses and other global organizations.

Frequency Range

865.600÷867.600 MHz (ETSI EN 302 208 v3.1.1) (Mod: R1290IE)
902÷928 MHz (FCC part 15.247) (Mod: R1290IU)

RF Power

Programmable in 18 levels (1dB step) from 8 dBm ERP to 25 dBm ERP (Mod. R1290IE)
Programmable in 18 levels (1dB step) from 8,5 dBm ERP to 25,5 dBm ERP (Mod. R1290IU)

Number of Channels

4 channels (compliant to ETSI EN 302 208 v3.1.1) (Mod. R1290IE)
50 hopping channels (compliant to FCC part 15.247) (Mod. R1290IU)

Internal Antenna Gain

0,2dBi typ. (Mod. R1290IE)
0,7dBi typ. (Mod: R1290IU)

Internal Antenna Polarization


Standard Compliance

EPC C1 G2 / ISO18000-63

USB device Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480 Mbit/s) device port
Virtual COM port parameters:
– Baudrate: up to 115200 kbps
– Databits: 8
– Stopbits: 1
– Parity: none
– Flow control: none

Ethernet Interface

Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ45)
PoE standard IEEE 802.3af

User Interface

Button V : OK / Trigger or other functions controlled by firmware
Arrow up : scroll up or other functions controlled by firmware
Arrow down : scroll down or other functions controlled by firmware

Led #1: power indication (green : ON)
Led#2: RF activity (yellow blinking: RF)
Led#3: Tag-Identification (red blinking : TAG-ID)
Led#Antenna: Tag-Identification (white blinking : TAG-ID)

Buzzer: bitonal for events signaling
Proximity sensor : trigger

OLED display 2.42” monochromatic (white)

USB host interface

USB 2.0 High Speed Host Port
max 500mA

I/O interface

Push in PCB terminals
1 digital Input
1 solid state photorelay output (500mA max)

Electrical Power

5V ± 5% – DC power supply (10W)
PoE standard IEEE 802.3af (12,95W)

Operating Temperature

-10 °C to +55 °C

IP Rating



(W)220 x (L)170 x (H)25mm3
(8.66 x 6.69 x 0.98 inch3)



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