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Upgrading the Firmware of Your Zebra RFD8500/RFD40/RFD90


The article explains how to upgrade the firmware of the Zebra RFD8500/RFD40/RFD90 UHF RFID Handheld Sled Reader.

Zebra has an Application to upgrade the firmware called Zebra 123 RFID. 123RFID will automatically detect your devices and guide you through programming from start to finish


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
Downloading Zebra123 RFID

Download the Zebra123 RFID software from the Zebra website

1. Based on your system requirements, please download 32 Bit or 64 Bit software from the following link:

2. https://www.zebra.com/us/en/support-downloads/eula/unrestricted-eula.7b8a235653193b4c72c440110c25

3. Once downloaded, double click the Zebra_123RFID_Desktop_(64bit)_v3.0.0.9 File and the installation process window will pop up, as shown in below image.

Figure 01: installation process
Figure 02: Click "Install"

4. Click "Install" to initiate the installation process figure 02: Zebra 123RFID Installation process initiated

5. Click "Next" to continue installing.

Figure 03: installation process

6. Click "Yes" to finish the installation process, then click the "Finish" button, and a shortcut to the application will appear on your desktop

7. Connecting your RFD40 to the Software and Updating the Firmware

8. Click the desktop shortcut icon and a loading screen will appear

9. Make sure your Zebra RFD40 is connected to the device you are using the software on. Once the software is loaded, it will automatically pick up the connected device, as shown below in Figure 05.

Figure 04: click on “CONNECT”

10. From the above screen, click on “CONNECT”

11. The device selection screen will pop up, as shown in the image below. Select your RFD40 and click "FIRMWARE"

Figure 05: Connected Reader

12. On the screen shown below, Click on Browse button

Figure 06: Click on Browse button

13. Browse the DAT file from your Desktop

Figure 07: Browse the DAT file

14. Click on “CONTINUE”

Figure 08: Click on “CONTINUE”

15. Update Status will show Uploading

Figure 09: show Uploading

16. After Completing the uploading Update Status will become Rebooting

Figure 10: uploading Update Status

17. A Popup will come stating that “device updated successfully”

Figure 11: “device updated successfully”