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LibNFC NFC RFID Reader Writer- DL533N CS

LibNFC supported NFC RFID Smart Card Reader Writer

The DL533N CS is a card-size USB NFC RFID smart card reader/writer that supports projects based on the libNFC library. This device enables both reading and writing of NFC RFID cards/tags.
Furthermore, it also supports NFC P2P communication.

The DL533N CS reader is developed based on the NXP PN533 chip. Therefore, it follows the recommendations and guidelines of the manufacturer of this chip. Since the NXP PN533 supports a full range of NFC forum specifications and standards, the DL533N reader also inherits these same features.

The reader/writer is fully adapted to work with software based on the open-source library LibNFC. That makes the DL533N CS device a good starting point for cross-platform libNFC application development projects.

Finally, an explanation of the LibNFC library implementation is available in the LibNFC community and related forums. In addition, there are various open-source software publicly available.
Certainly, LibNFC is an open-source project with a large community that is constantly evolving.

Besides the device in the standard housing, it is also available in a specially designed IP54 housing resistant to dust and water splashes.

The DL 533N CS reader is a CE and RoHS-certified device  (CE declaration of conformity). 

Docs & Software Download

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  • Read NFC RFID -Tags: Reads the content of the NFC RFID tags (most of MIFARE® cards, FeliCa, Topaz, etc)
  • Write NFC RFID -Tags: Writes various data content onto the NFC RFID tags (URLs, SMS, Phone No, vCards, MIME types, etc).
  • Card emulation: Emulates NFC tags Type 2 and Type 4, readable by other NFC-devices.
  • P2P communication: Active NFC-based P2P communication for data transfer between NFC supported devices.

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As plenty of open-source projects are already available in the NFC community, this NFC RFID Reader Writer comes with no binary drivers.
It is enough to use LibUSB and LibNFC to compile Drivers for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Further, the compiled drivers enable the LibNFC C API exploration and custom software project development.
Additionally, the Windows system already includes official NXP Drivers. That makes the PN533-based product’s implementation quicker on this platform.

NOTICE: The device does not support the µFR Series Software SDK.


CS Card Size DL533N 3Supports:

  • ISO/IEC 14443A/MIFARE®
  • ISO/IEC 14443B.
  • MIFARE Classic® 1 KB or MIFARE Classic® 4 KB emulation encryption in RFID Reader Writer mode, and MIFARE® higher transfer speed communication at 212 kbit/s and 424 kbit/s
  • FeliCa protocol contactless communication at 212 kbit/s and 424 kbit/s
  • NFC P2P communication

Other features:

  • Large community (LibNFC) support
  • Reader dimensions (95 x 63 x 11 mm), convenient for everyday use
  • Available without the IP54 enclosure (OEM)
  • Beeper and LEDs are available on request.

DL533N CS hardware features
Feature Description
Operating frequency  13.56 MHz
Read range  Operating distance is 0-60mm (0”-2.36”), depending on the antenna geometry and reader configuration
Read/Write speed  212 kbit/s, 424 kbit/s
Supply current  150mA (operating)
Supply voltage  5V
Supported cards and tags

MIFARE® family: MIFARE Mini®, MIFARE Classic® (1K, 4K, EV1), MIFARE Ultralight®, MIFARE Ultralight C®, MIFARE PLUS® (2K, 4K), MIFARE DESFire® (Light, 2K, 4K, 8K, EV1, EV2)

NTAG® family: NXP NTAG® 2xx Type 2 (210, 213, 215, 216 Tag Tamper), NXP NTAG® 4xx DNA Type 4 (413, 424)

FeliCa, Smart eID, ICAO, EMVCo 2.1, picoPass, Jewel/Topaz, etc.

Connection and power supply  USB port, RS232, UART (TTL)
Communication NFC P2P communication

Example source code script for DL533N NFC Reader basic testing with implemented GPIO pins for LEDs control and buzzer specific

Supported Operating Systems Microsoft® Windows™, Linux®, macOS, Android
Smart Card Interface  ISO14443 Type A & B
Related equipment  USB cable, Free software download
Certification  CE, RoHS
Accessories Cards, key-fobs, labels, wristbands, tags
Size & Weight 
Model Dimensions (mm) Device Commercial Set
DL533N CS 86 x 54 x 9 41 g 126 g
DL533N CS OEM 84 x 50 x 5 17 g 103 g
DL533N CS IP4 96 x 64 x 11 70 g 140 g


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