TSL 1166 Bluetooth Rugged UHF RFID Reader

A Tough-Enough UHF RFID Reader

The new 1166 Bluetooth Rugged UHF RFID reader from TSL provides high performance UHF RFID reading in a tough and rugged form factor. The reader is highly resistant to water, dust and mechanical trauma. A high capacity battery enables non-stop operation of the reader over the full working day. Designed to read and write to EPC Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO18000-6C) tags, the 1166 can also be configured with class leading high performance 2D data scanning to bring unparalleled data collection capabilities to any host it is connected to.

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Ultra Rugged Design

Highly resistant to water, dust and mechanical trauma.

Choose your Barcode Imager

A range of optional barcode engines can be specified to provide 2D data capture at distances of up to 15m.

Batch Mode Operation

The 1166 can store over 40 million transponder EPCs – date and time stamped by the on-board Real Time Clock. The internal storage can be directly mounted in a Windows environment using the 1166 Docking Station Kit (separate purchase).

Compatible Software

Works with all software that has been developed for TSLR BluetoothR UHF RFID Readers.

Attach Smartphones or Handhelds

Use standalone or devices can be mounted on top of the reader using an easy press-lock adapter to provide a one-piece solution.

OS Independence

Operates with Android, iOS and Windows.

All Day Scanning

A high capacity battery enables non-stop operation of the reader over the full working day.

Docking Station

Docking Station (separate purchase) provides charging of the 1166 Reader and direct USB data connectivity with the embedded NAND storage card.

1166 Charging Options

1166 Charging Options Infographic


Apple MFI Approval

This product has been certified to meet Apple’s compliance and safety tests.

iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

The TSL® UHF RFID Reader Range

You can compare the specifications of all our Mobile UHF RFID Readers by clicking on the image above.

Additional Information

Physical and Environmental Characteristics
177 x 94 x 170 mm (LxWxH)
860g (inc. battery)
User input:
Single stage trigger
User feedback:
Speaker, vibration motor, LEDs
Rechargeable Lithium Ion removable battery pack (11.25V, 2950mAh, 33.2Wh)
Enclosure materials:
Polycarbonate and TPU

Performance Characteristics
RFID Engine:
TSL® custom module with embedded Impinj R2000
Communication protocols:
TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set
Embedded 4GB internal NAND storage
Compatible Host devices (Bluetooth®):
Any Bluetooth® Host supporting the Serial Port Profile (SPP) or Human Interface Device (HID) profile (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows). Comparison of Bluetooth® modes for TSL® UHF Readers
Compatible Host devices (USB):
Any USB host with FTDI VCP driver support (Android, Linux, Mac, Windows)

Operating Temperature:
-10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Charging Temperature:
5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature:
Less than 1 month at at -20 to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Less than 3 months at -20°C to +45°C (-4°F to 113°F)
Less than 1 year at -20°C to +20°C (-4°F to 68°F)
5% to 85% non-condensing
Drop specification:
1500 0.5 metre tumbles at room temperature (3,000 cycles)
Environmental Sealing:
Electrostatic Discharge:
± 15kVdc air discharge; ± 8kVdc contact discharge

RFID Performance
Standards supported:
EPC Class 1 Gen 2
Nominal read range:
Up to 8 m (26 ft)
150-degree forward facing (approx.) measured from front of device
Circularly Polarized
Frequency Range:
EU: 865-868MHz; US: 902-928MHz
Output Power:
30 dBm

Barcode Scanning
2D Imager options:
Motorola SE4500, Intermec EX25, Honeywell EA31

Motorola Imager Specifications:
Sensor Resolution:
752 x 480 pixels
Field of View:
Horizontal:40°,Vertical: 25°
Focal Distance:
SR: 8 in. DL: 5.3 in. HD: 2.9 in.
Aiming LED (VLD):
655 ±10nm Laser
Illumination Element:
625 ±5nm LEDs (2x)
Min. Print Contrast:
Minimum 25%
Symbologies Supported:
1D: All major codes 2D: PDF417, MicroPDF417, Composite, RSS, TLC-39, Datamatrix, QR code, Micro QR code, Aztec, MaxiCode Postal Codes: US PostNet, US Planet, UK Postal, Australian Postal, Japan Postal Dutch Postal (KIX)
DL Focus: 5 mil Code 39
Near: 1.4 in./36 mm
Far: 7.3 in./185 mm
DL Focus: 100% UPC
Near: 1.6 in./41 mm
Far: 12 in./305 mm
DL Focus: 5 mil PDF417
Near: 2.8 in./71 mm
Far: 4.5 in./114 mm

Bluetooth®Version 2.1
Bluetooth® Profiles:
SPP Profile
HID Profile
Apple iAP
Bluetooth® Power:
Class 2
Bluetooth® Range:
Bluetooth® Pairing:
PIN, Simple Secure Pairing, NFC OOB Pairing (TBA)


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Established in 1978, TSSL is a privately held Hong Kong company with subsidiary in Macau, providing advanced enterprise solutions to clients in neighborhood regions.


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