Basics of Setting Up Your Zebra RFD8500 Reader

Basics of Setting Up Your Zebra RFD8500 Reader

This blog post explains the basics of setting up and connecting to your Zebra RFD8500 UHF RFID Handheld Sled Reader.

Fig 01: Zebra RFD8500 with RFID and 2D Imager

Turning on the Reader

  • Press the Power Button to turn the RFD8500 ON.
  • Hold the Power Button for three seconds to turn the RFD8500 OFF.

Fig 02: RFD8500 Features

Pairing the RFD8500 to a Device Using Bluetooth

The RFD8500 reader provides Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) with optional 2D barcode scanning functionality. The device can be used as a stand-alone unit or paired with a Bluetooth wireless technology enabled host device (such as a laptop, mobile computer, or smartphone).

Prior to using your TagMatiks RFID application software, please connect the RFD8500 to your Windows computer by navigating to the Settings/Bluetooth page on your PC through the following steps:

Start Menu > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices

Fig 03: Windows Settings

To Add Your RFD8500 Bluetooth Reader

  • Turn on your RFD8500 to make it discoverable.
  • Turn on Bluetooth on your PC if it's not on already. To do this, select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices, and turn on Bluetooth.
  • Select Add Bluetooth or other devices > Bluetooth, as shown below in Fig 04.

Fig 04. Windows® 10 Bluetooth & other devices

  • Add Device > Bluetooth.
  • Discover available RFD8500.
  • Tap on the RFD8500XXXXXXXXXX, as shown below in Fig 05. 

Fig 05: Windows 10 Add a device window

  • Press the RFD8500 trigger to pair. The Bluetooth LED will start blinking quickly.
  • A message will display on the screen indicating the device is successfully paired,, as shown below in Fig 06.

Fig 06: Windows 10 Reader Paired

Resetting the Zebra RFD8500

To soft reset the RFD8500:

  • Hold the Mode / Function and Bluetooth buttons simultaneously for three seconds, then release to initiate the reset process.

To reset the device to factory default:

  • Hold the Power and Bluetooth buttons simultaneously for five seconds, then release to initiate the factory reset process.

Number Button
1 Mode / Function
4 Bluetooth
7 Power

Fig 07: To reset the RFD8500 back to factory defaults

Sep 16th 2019 Annelise McKay

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