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How to configure the Motorola-Zebra VC70 external antenna kit / range extender

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015

I am posting today, because I had a client contact us this week saying that he was experiencing trouble with network connectivity, even after installing the below VC70 external antenna kit for their ruggedized Motorola/Zebra mobile computer.

Here are the possible causes of connectivity problems with the Motorola/Zebra VC70…

1.      They may not have properly set up the VC70 to activate the external (vs the internal) Wi-Fi antenna.  If you are experiencing network connectivity problems with your VC70, please give our extrnal antenna kit a try, and be sure to configure it properly (see below.)

VC70-2.4/5.0GHZ - RFMAX

Click above photo for info or to buy VC70 antenna kit

2.      Or, the problem could be related to their wireless coverage scheme inside the facility.  Do they have enough access points?  Are the access points positioned in the optimal locations?  Are they using high gain antennas with their A/P’s and are they articulated properly to provide the best connectivity to their forklifts below?

At Arcadian Inc., we are "The Antenna Experts" and we sell many types of indoor LAN antennas for your Motorola/Zebra wireless access points.  Email us by clicking here if you need help! 

Hare are the instructions for properly setting up the REGISTRY for your VC70 kit...

RFID Journal Live! 2015 Show Recap

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

RFMAX BoothArcadian Launches RFMAX Brand at RFID Live! 2015

It's been several weeks now since the RFID Journal Live! Tradeshow in San Diego, and now that we've managed to catch our breath (at least a little), we can offer a few reflections on 2015's premeire RFID event.

To begin with, show attendance was at it's highest level since 2008, and the increase in traffic from the past few years was noticeable. A good sign that business is continuing to recover, and that the RFID space continues to grow. While many attendees were RFID industry insiders and familiar faces, a significant proportion were also end users from virtually every industry imaginable. More good news for the RFID space as a whole, and for growing RFID adoption in general.

As for Arcadian, we utilized this years show to launch our new brand of RFID products from RFMAX. Key products shown included RFMAX Passive RFID Antennas and Antenna Cables; RFID Weatherproof Reader Enclosures, and the RFMAX Power Mapper. Traffic to the booth was steady for all 3 days of the event, with plenty of people taking notice of the new RFMAX product line. Interest in antennas and weatherproof enclosures was fantastic, but the RFMAX Power Mapper literally stole the show... in fact, we sold out our entire stock of Power Mappers while we were there! (not to worry if you didn't get yours yet... we've since replenished our stock and have more on the way).

Overall, we see interest in RFID applications and products continuing to bloom, and  are thrilled with the response we received for our new RFMAX line. A great show this year all the way around. Our sincere thanks to all of our customers, partners and friends, along with the RFID Journal staff for making this year's RFID Journal Live show one for the books!

The Results Are In... Independent Review Confirms RFMAX RFID Power Mapper is a Winner!

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2015

We just received results from independent testing of the RFMAX Power Mapper, and the results confirmed exactly what we've been hearing from our customers: The RFMAX RFID Power Mapper does what it says it will, and is an indispensible tool for setting up and troubleshooting any RFID installation. 

According to the report: "This instrument should be a standard part of any RFID installer’s tool box".

A copy of the review is available here:

The RFMAX RFID Power Mapper is available for purchase here:

Hand-held RFID antenna signal strength mapping tool - a must for RFID professionals

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

I wanted to take a moment to inform our RFID clients about a GREAT tool that many RFID professionals feel is an essential part of their "toolkit" in the field.

The RFID Power Mapper from RFMAX is a small (2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches) hand-held unit that measures relative antenna stregth for both linear and circular RFID antennas in the FCC: 902-928 mhz & ETSI: 865-868 mhz ranges.  

The unit does NOT require batteries, so it's always ready when you need it.  It simply uses radiated RF power like an RFID tag, and displays signal strength on a simple to read analog guage.  I find it most helpful when comparing one antenna vs. another's gain and beamwidth in a particular installation, or simpy to test whether we are getting signal from a particular antenna node.

This simple tool can save the professional RFID system integrator a tremendous about of time on the job.  Click the photo below for our product page which will give you a complete overview of the device, and the option to order from our STOCK.


For the full line of RFMAX, gear for RFID professionals, click here:

See you at RFID Journal Live in San Diego!  Booth # 228

-Mike Crudele

Arcadian Inc.

RFID Reader Antenna Supplier Arcadian, Inc. Launches New RFMAX Product Line

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Arcadian, Inc., a New Jersey based distributor of commercial antennas and wireless equipment has announced the launch of RFMAX, it's new line of antennas, weatherproof enclosures, cables and related hardware for the 865-868 & 902-928 Mhz UHF RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) market. The company plans to officially launch RFMAX at the RFID Journal Live! Tradeshow, taking place in San Diego, CA - April 15th - 17th, 2015.  Come see them at Booth #228.

According to Michael Crudele, President of Arcadian, Inc., "the RFMAX product line encompasses a range of products designed to solve everyday RFID challenges and to simplify RFID systems setup. Our focus is to bring to market unique and robust products to fill a variety of gaps in the existing RFID space, enhancing the ability of RFID VAR's (Value Added Resellers) and system integrators to offer the best possible solutions for the end user. We're creating these products based on Arcadians' many years of experience in RFID antenna applications." 

The initial lineup of RFMAX products include:

  • RFID Reader Enclosures designed to protect sensitive RFID readers such as the Impinj Speedway Revolution R420 and the Motorola FX7500 from the elements and simplify system setup.
  • RFID Race Timing Antenna Kits which include everything you need to setup an chip timing or RFID Race Timing antenna system, including tripod, circular polarized RFID antenna, mount and cable.
  • RFID Power Mapper, a handheld meter used to map RFID antenna signal patterns and strength, and to identify null or dead spots in the RF signals.
  • RFID Antennas designed to meet unique application requirements and to out-perform existing products in the RFID space.  Both linear and circular polarity are available.
  • RFID Jumper Cables designed for quick connections and peak RFID performance. LMR195 type low-loss cable with type N-Male, RPTNC-Male, RPTNC-Female and SMA-Male connections

About Arcadian, Inc.

Arcadian, Inc. is an industry-leading distributor of antennas and wireless components for the DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems), M2M (Machine to Machine) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) markets. The firm is a Master Stocking Distributor for RFMAX, Laird Technologies, Pulse/Larsen Electronics, Times-7, MTI Wireless Edge and others. Arcadian was established in 2000 by industry veteran Michael Crudele, and is based in Little Falls, NJ. The company is privately held, and maintains offices in NJ and Tempe, AZ.

Media Contact:Henry Perlmutter, Arcadian, Inc., (480) 500-8270,

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