CS463 - The High Powered RFID Reader

CS463 is the next generation of intelligent fixed readers from CSL. Offering an event engine with multiple layers of nested logic for full embedded automation. The CS463 is a Linux powered edge server that can run embedded code for complete control of the reader.  

CS463 Edge Reader

CS463 Overview Video

About the CS463

Linux Powered, Run Custom Code, Long Read Range,

Excellent read range: Up to 22 meters with Circular Polarized Antenna (tag and environment dependent)

This read range enables fast inventory of items on pallets, warehouse shelves, moving vehicles, and other tagged items in business processes where fixed reader class performance is required.



Carl Brown



The CS463 is now a business machine, its not just an RFID Reader. We can deploy it, run one cable and run all the devices off one machine. 

Jerry Garrett

Managing Director


Our design team’s goals were that the CS463 marries a powerful user friendly edge server with CSL’s state-of-the art four port reader and results in a truly plug & play RFID system.

Open Linux

The reader is built on a Linux platform that enables a new capability to run custom embedded code right on the reader. 

Event Engine

The CS463 has a power event engine that enables advanced automation and no coding is required.

Bluetooth Enabled

Leverage the extra power of the CS463 for new applications using the same Bluetooth API as the popular CS108 Sled RFID Reader. 

Flexible Coding Option

The CS463 supports the same API's as previous CSL readers and the new options for Bluetooth control and custom embedded code.

Antenna Accessories

Choose the right antenna for you application.

We know each project has has different RFID tag reading requirements. We recommend selecting a specialized antenna for the specific use case to get the most performance from the CS463.

CS776 Powerful Antenna

A powerful monostatic
antenna for use with the CS468INT, CS469, CS463 for ultra-long-range high sensitivity tag reading. The antenna has industrial leading circular polarization properties to enable the best read of tags of all orientation as they approach the sweet zone of the antenna. 

CS777 Near Field Antenna

The CS-777 is optimized to read near-field tags placed on products with a variety of packaging options including plastic bottles and metal foil blister packs as well as different contents such as powders, pills and even liquids. It can be used in retail and pharmaceutical applications, library systems, document control, check out counters and many other applications requiring a short and constrained read range.

CS790 Ultra Thin Antenna

The CS790 antenna is an extremely thin mono static antenna for use with high performance UHF RFID readers. Its extremely thin form factor allows it to be used in applications that have limited space for antenna mounting, such as display cabinet, smart-shelf and conveyor-belts, etc. Thus, this antenna is the best choice for using in retail applications, production line, document control, and any applications require thin form factor antenna.

Start Developing for the CS463

The CS463 can support custom embedded code to run advanced logic right on the reader. You can code your own advanced tag filtering rules or even control external devices. See our example code on GitHub.

The CS463 can now be controlled over Bluetooth and it supports the same API as the CS108 Sled Handheld Reader.  We have an SDK and code examples for your OS of choice including iOS, Android, Linux and Windows.  All the CS108 communicates over Bluetooth or Bluetooth LE to the device of choice. See our example code on GitHub.

Get started with the CS463 advanced reader!

The CS463 is being used across a wide variety of industries.




Physical Characteristics (LxWxH)

272 x 152 x  24 mm

Edge Software

CSL HTTP/XML protocol with full event engine management, CSL Unified Protocol, LLRP Protocol,  MACH1 protocol, Custom Embedded HTTP RFID and CS108 Bluetooth API

RFID Engine

Impinj Indy R2000


Bluetooth, Ethernet, Serial, USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with WPA2-PSK (AES)

Read Range

Best in Class Read Range : Up to 22 meters with Circular Polarized Antenna (tag and environment dependent)


ISO18000-6C, EPC UHF Class 1 Gen 2, Dense Reader Mode available (Class 3 Gen 2 compliant)

Tag Information

All banks, any sizes (e.g. 240 bits bank1, 512 bits bank3); RSSI value

Frequency Range

One of the following: 865-868 MHz, 865-867 MHz, 902-928 MHz, 922-928 MHz, 920-925 MHz, 915-922 MHz, 915-921 MHz

Antenna Ports

4 Monostatic Reverse SMA Ports

Operating System



Dual Core Arm Cortex A9, 1 GB DDR3 RAM


Operating Temp: -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)

Storage Temp: -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)

Humidity: 98% Non-condensing

External Control

4 x GPO and 4 x GPI, Optically isolated, additional isolated 12V output


DC Supply (12V, 5A) or POE+ (IEEE802.3at)

2 Yr


You are protected by our 2 Year Factory Warranty

All CS463 units are covered by our 2 year factory warranty. You can purchase an optional 1 year warranty extension. 


Here are some common questions about the CS463.

Is there a Wi-Fi communication option

How do I become a distributor

How do I find a distributor

What tag was used to calculate the 22 m read range

I'm a developer, where can I find sample code

Can I control external devices over USB