How to use the RS3 NFC Setup app for iOS to setup the idChamp RS3

This support article will walk you through how to use Serialio's RS3 NFC Setup application for iOS (click here to download) to configure your idChamp RS3. If you do not have access to an iOS device, you can also configure your idChamp RS3 with the RS3 NFC Setup application for Android or pcProx Configuration Utility for Windows.

idChamp RS3-HSE Diagram

idChamp RS3-HSE Diagram

DIP Switch Orientation

 

 

DIP Switch Orientation Table for BLE Mode
  1 2 3 4 5 6
S2 Down Down Up Up Down Down
S3 Up Up Down Down    
S4 Down Up Down Up    
S5 Down Down Up Down Down Up

 

 

Tip: If you are having issues with your idChamp RS3 in BLE mode, it could be that the Bluetooth Low Energy module is in an unexpected state. To reset the BLE module, toggle DIP switch #4 on bank S3. You can also use S3-4 to turn off the BLE module while in HID or SPP mode.

Prepare the idChamp RS3 for the RS3 NFC Setup App

The RS3-NFC Setup application requires that the idChamp RS3 be in BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) mode. Follow the instructions below to put your idChamp RS3 in BLE mode.

1. Power off your RS3 and take it out of its enclosure by unscrewing the four screws, then lifting the lid.

2. Locate the DIP switch banks labeled "S2" and "S3" along the short edge opposite the micro-USB port.

3. Grab a paperclip or similarly shaped object (pens are NOT recommended) and flip the DIP switches up or down to match the image below. If you have problems loading the image, use the DIP switch table.

4. Locate the DIP switch banks labeled "S4" and "S5" along the long edge of your RS3. Flip the DIP switches up or down to match the image below. If you have problems loading the image, use the DIP switch table.

5. If you are planning to keep your RS3 in BLE mode, you can put it back in its enclosure now.

6. Power on your RS3.

Configure with the RS3 NFC Setup App

1. If you have not already done so, download the RS3 NFC Setup App from the AppStore.

If you are on a PC, scan this barcode with your iOS device (click to enlarge).

2. Launch the RS3 NFC Setup App.

3. The startup screen will immediately begin to discover nearby idChamp RS3 devices. Tap on yours when it is discovered.

4. Here you can view your idChamp RS3's UUID (Universally Unique ID) and the RSSI. You can also adjust the "Packet Timer" if you are planning on using a unique termination keystroke. Tap on "Setup."

It may take up to a minute to load your RS3's settings.

5. Notice the "Active Configuration" section. Here is where you can switch between the RS3's two RFID/NFC engines. Each one is configured separately.

6. Now, notice the four tabs at the bottom of the screen. Each tab allows you to configure different settings for your RS3's engine. For this tutorial, we will only be configuring NFC Engine #1, but the method to configure Engine #2 is identical.

 

Configuration

The "Configuration" tab is the first tab we will address in this tutorial. It is also the first tab you see when you connect to your idChamp RS3.

Here you can:

  • Select the NFC Engine you want to configure (Active Configuration)
  • Adjust the card/tag type (Card Type)
  • Import settings from a file (Import Settings)
  • Export settings to a file (Export Settings)

Active Configuration

Card Type

Import Settings

Export Settings

Once you have finished adjusting the settings, tap on "Apply" at the top right-hand corner.

Timing

The "Timing" tab allows you to:

  •  Specify the number of miliseconds you want the RS3 to hold data for before accepting data again
  •  Toggle "Continuous Read Mode"

Hold Time

Continuous Read Mode

Once you have finished adjusting the settings, tap on "Apply" at the top right-hand corner.

Data Format

The "Data Format" tab allows you to adjust various formatting settings for the card/tag's data.

  •  Adjust the "FAC" format
  •  Adjust the card "ID" format
  •  Specify the card/tag's bit count
  •  Toggle the use of wiegand bits
  •  Toggle precision math for HEX-decimal conversion
  •  And more!

FAC

ID

Bit Count

Wiegand Bits

Precision Math

Once you have finished adjusting the settings, tap on "Apply" at the top right-hand corner.

Delimiters

The "Delimiters" tab allows you to adjust set delimiters for your data.

>Here you can:

  •  Set character delimeters
  •  Set prefixes and suffixes
  •  Set card gone delimeters
  •  Set FAC/ID delimeters
  •  Set the termination keystroke
  •  And more!

Data Character Delimiters

Prefix and Suffix

Card Gone Delimiters

Fac & ID Delimiters

Termination Keystroke

Once you have finished adjusting the settings, tap on "Apply" at the top right-hand corner.

Testing Your Configuration

Once you have selected the card or tag type you will be working with (Configuration tab) and adjusted the settings for processing the data, you will want to use a few sample cards to test the configuration. If the card is read, but doesn't show up in the "Scans" section (or if it is not read at all), double-check your configurations. If you are absolutely sure that your settings are correct and you are still experiencing a problem, email the Serialio support team. Make sure to include your order number, screenshots of the configurations (all tabs) and any other relevant information.

1. Make sure you have applied all settings you adjusted.

2. Hold your card/tag up to the idChamp RS3 until you hear a beep indicating that the card was read.

3. You can find the scan data in the "Scans" section of the RS3 NFC Setup App.