Pair and Connect RFD8500 to Zebra Android or Third-Party Mobile Device (iOS)

Article ID: 11734551

Issue / Question

How to pair and connect RFD8500 / RFD8500i to a supported Android device?

How to pair and connect RFD8500 / RFD8500i to a supported iOS device?

How to pair and connect RFD8500 / RFD8500i to a supported host device?

Applicable To

RFD8500

RFD8500i

Resolution / Answer

Overview

Pairing with the RFD8500 is completed from the Android or iOS Platform via Bluetooth Settings on the mobile device.

Prior to pairing the RFD8500 with another device ensure the RFD8500 is charged.

 

A. Pairing with an Android Device (Conventional)

To pair with an Android device such as the TC55

1. Power on the TC55.

2. Touch the Settings icon on the mobile device.

3. Turn Bluetooth on.

4. Touch Search for Devices to display the available discoverable devices.

5. Turn the RFD8500 on and ensure Bluetooth is enabled. If not, press the Bluetooth button on the RFD8500 for one second to make it discoverable. When discoverable, the Bluetooth LED flashes blue.

NOTE

The RFD8500 is discoverable over Bluetooth for 40 seconds after start up. After that time Bluetooth suspends and is no longer discoverable. To restart discovery, press the Bluetooth button for one second.

6. When the RFD8500 displays in the list of available discoverable devices, tap the RFD8500 device in the list and press the RFD8500 trigger to pair when the Bluetooth LED starts flashing fast. A beep sounds when pairing completes successfully.

NOTE

Ensure you choose the correct RFD8500 serial number from the list of discoverable devices.

7. Exit the Device Settings screen and run the application.

8. From the application, select Settings > Readers List and confirm that the RFD8500 serial number you paired with is displayed. Select it in the list of Available Readers. This connects the RFD8500 to the mobile

 

B. Pairing with the TC55 Using NFC

Pairing with the RFD8500i is completed from the Android Platform via Settings on the TC55. See Pairing on page 3-2 for additional information.

Prior to pairing the RFD8500i with the TC55 ensure the RFD8500i is charged.

 

IMPORTANT

For successful pairing of the RFD8500i to the TC55, the yellow trigger on RFD8500i must be pressed when the RFD8500i displays in the list of available discoverable devices, and the RFD8500i Bluetooth LED starts flashing fast. See the step-by-step instructions for pairing.

 

1. Power on the TC55.

2. Touch the Settings icon on the mobile device.

3. Turn Bluetooth on.

4. Select More and ensure the check box next to NFC is checked.

5. Insert the TC55 into the Mobile Computer Tray on the RFD8500i.

6. Launch the Zebra RFID Demo app for Android or your app that supports NFC pairing (as specified in the RFD8500 RFID Developer Guide, p/n MN002222AXX).

7. The application initiates the pairing between TC55 and RFD8500i.

8. Press the RFD8500i trigger to pair when the Bluetooth LED starts flashing fast.

9. The application automatically connects to the RFD8500i and indicates when connection is complete.

 

C. Pairing with an iOS Device

To pair with an iOS device:

 

1. Power on the iOS device.

2. Touch the Settings icon on the device.

3. Touch Bluetooth to display the Bluetooth Settings screen and ensure it is on.

4. Turn the RFD8500 on and ensure Bluetooth is enabled. If not, press the Bluetooth button on the RFD8500 for one second to make it discoverable. When discoverable, the Bluetooth LED flashes blue.

NOTE

The RFD8500 is discoverable over Bluetooth for 40 seconds after start up. After that time Bluetooth suspends and is no longer discoverable. To restart discovery, press the Bluetooth button for one second.

5. When the RFD8500 displays in the list of available discoverable devices, tap the RFD8500 device in the list and press the RFD8500 trigger to pair when the Bluetooth LED starts flashing fast. A beep sounds when pairing completes successfully.

NOTE

Ensure you choose the correct RFD8500 serial number from the list of discoverable devices.

6. Exit the Device Settings screen and run the application.

+ Applicable Products

  • RFD8500 RFID Reader
  • RFD8500i UHF RFID Sled