RFID Reader MFRC522 interface with NodeMCU using Arduino IDE

In this tutorial we will learn How to interface NodeMCU with RC522 RF ID Reader using Arduino library for MFRC522 and other RFID RC522 based modules. This library read and write different types of Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) cards on your Arduino or NodeMCU using a RC522 based reader connected via the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) interface.

What is RFID?

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader’s interrogating radio waves. Active tags have a local power source (such as a battery) and may operate hundreds of meters from the RFID reader. Unlike a barcode, the tag need not be within the line of sight of the reader, so it may be embedded in the tracked object. RFID is one method of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC).

Requirements

  • NodeMCU
  • MFRC522 RFID Reader
  • RFID Tags ( 13.56 MHz )
  • Bread Board
  • Jumper Wires
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Arduino IDE

Connections of MFRC522 RF ID Reader With Node MCU

             MFRC522      Node     
             Reader/PCD   MCU      
 Signal      Pin          Pin      
 ----------------------------------
 RST/Reset   RST          D1 (GPIO5)        
 SPI SS      SDA(SS)      D2 (GPIO4)       
 SPI MOSI    MOSI         D7 (GPIO13)
 SPI MISO    MISO         D6 (GPIO12)
 SPI SCK     SCK          D5 (GPIO14)
 3.3V        3.3V         3.3V
 GND         GND          GND

Arduino Code for MFRC522 RF ID Reader

For this program we need RF ID Library Download it from here.rfid-master

#include <SPI.h>
#include <MFRC522.h>

constexpr uint8_t RST_PIN = 5;     // Configurable, see typical pin layout above
constexpr uint8_t SS_PIN = 4;     // Configurable, see typical pin layout above
 
MFRC522 rfid(SS_PIN, RST_PIN); // Instance of the class

MFRC522::MIFARE_Key key; 

// Init array that will store new NUID 
byte nuidPICC[4];

void setup() { 
  Serial.begin(115200);
  SPI.begin(); // Init SPI bus
  rfid.PCD_Init(); // Init MFRC522 

  for (byte i = 0; i < 6; i++) {
    key.keyByte[i] = 0xFF;
  }

  Serial.println(F("This code scan the MIFARE Classsic NUID."));
  Serial.print(F("Using the following key:"));
  printHex(key.keyByte, MFRC522::MF_KEY_SIZE);
}
 
void loop() {

  // Look for new cards
  if ( ! rfid.PICC_IsNewCardPresent())
    return;

  // Verify if the NUID has been readed
  if ( ! rfid.PICC_ReadCardSerial())
    return;

  Serial.print(F("PICC type: "));
  MFRC522::PICC_Type piccType = rfid.PICC_GetType(rfid.uid.sak);
  Serial.println(rfid.PICC_GetTypeName(piccType));

  // Check is the PICC of Classic MIFARE type
  if (piccType != MFRC522::PICC_TYPE_MIFARE_MINI &&  
    piccType != MFRC522::PICC_TYPE_MIFARE_1K &&
    piccType != MFRC522::PICC_TYPE_MIFARE_4K) {
    Serial.println(F("Your tag is not of type MIFARE Classic."));
    return;
  }

  if (rfid.uid.uidByte[0] != nuidPICC[0] || 
    rfid.uid.uidByte[1] != nuidPICC[1] || 
    rfid.uid.uidByte[2] != nuidPICC[2] || 
    rfid.uid.uidByte[3] != nuidPICC[3] ) {
    Serial.println(F("A new card has been detected."));

    // Store NUID into nuidPICC array
    for (byte i = 0; i < 4; i++) {
      nuidPICC[i] = rfid.uid.uidByte[i];
    }
   
    Serial.println(F("The NUID tag is:"));
    Serial.print(F("In hex: "));
    printHex(rfid.uid.uidByte, rfid.uid.size);
    Serial.println();
    Serial.print(F("In dec: "));
    printDec(rfid.uid.uidByte, rfid.uid.size);
    Serial.println();
  }
  else Serial.println(F("Card read previously."));

  // Halt PICC
  rfid.PICC_HaltA();

  // Stop encryption on PCD
  rfid.PCD_StopCrypto1();
}


/**
 * Helper routine to dump a byte array as hex values to Serial. 
 */
void printHex(byte *buffer, byte bufferSize) {
  for (byte i = 0; i < bufferSize; i++) {
    Serial.print(buffer[i] < 0x10 ? " 0" : " ");
    Serial.print(buffer[i], HEX);
  }
}

/**
 * Helper routine to dump a byte array as dec values to Serial.
 */
void printDec(byte *buffer, byte bufferSize) {
  for (byte i = 0; i < bufferSize; i++) {
    Serial.print(buffer[i] < 0x10 ? " 0" : " ");
    Serial.print(buffer[i], DEC);
  }
}

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