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Upgrading the Firmware of Your CSL CS108

 
Summary

The article explains how to upgrade your CSL CS108 UHF RFID Handheld Sled RFID Reader.

Pre-requisites

A Windows PC with the following minimum specs

  • Pentium Dual-Core E214 1.6GHz or Pentium Mobile Dual-Core T2060 or Pentium Celeron E1200 1.6GHz
  • 2GB RAM 1.2 GB free hard drive space
  • The USB port, 1.1 or higher, for the connection of USB Readers
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 by 768 pixels
Installation of Demo App:
  • Download the latest version of CS108 WINDOWS C# DEMO APP
  • Go to your downloads folder and extract the app
  • Connect the USB cable from the CS108 reader to your PC.
  • Run CS108 USB PC Demo App (CS108 PC Demo App.exe) You should see a device connectable.
  • Press the “Connect” button to connect the CS108.
  • The greyed-out buttons now appear black and active.
  • The three Firmware to upgrade are as follows: Silicon Lab, Bluetooth Firmware, RFID firmware
To Upgrade Silicon Lab Firmware:
  • To upgrade Silicon Lab Firmware, use the following link to download the Upgrade Image file Download Silicon Firmware
  • After download, press the “Upgrade Image” button in the Silicon Lab Firmware Upgrade box.
  • A window will pop up prompting you to select a file. Select the Silicon Lab image file with a .img extension and press the “Open” button (Refer Figure 02.)
Figure 01: CS108 PC demo App
Figure 02: Upload Updated Silicon Lab Firmware CS108
Figure 03: Upgrade CS108

By the end, a small “Reply timeout” window will pop up. Do not be alarmed. Just press the “OK” button on that small pop up window, then press the “OK” button on the Update Progress window.

To Upgrade Bluetooth Firmware
  • To upgrade Bluetooth firmware, press the “Upgrade Image” button in the Bluetooth Firmware Upgrade box. A file open window will pop up.
  • Select the appropriate Bluetooth firmware App with a .bin extension and press the “Open” button (Refer Figure 05).
Figure 04: Upgrade Bluetooth Firmware
Figure 05: Click .bin file
Figure 06: Upgrade successful

In the end, a window will pop up asking you to wait 15 seconds. Please wait for 15 seconds and press the “OK” button.

To Upgrade RFID Firmware
  • To upgrade RFID firmware, press the “Upgrade” button in the RFID Firmware Upgrade box. A separate window pops up.
  • Press the “Power On” button.
    Figure 07: RFID Firmware Upgrade
  • Then press the “Upgrade Image” button, a file open window pops up. Select the RFID firmware with a .a79 extension and press the “Open” button
    Figure 08: Power On
  • When it is completed, it asks you to wait for 6 seconds. Please wait.
    Figure 09: Select.a79 file
  • Eventually, you will see the Upgrade Success message. Press the “X” button at the upper right corner of the window.
    Figure 10: RFID Upgrade
  • This will bring you back to the main window. You are still connected to the CS108 reader. Your RFID firmware upgrade is now completed.