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TSL Extra
RFID Card Reader


The full wall plate/lightswitch size makes the Extra the ideal choice when replacing existing readers with a larger footprint..

  • Multi card technology provides support for DESFire, MIFARE, and 125kHz cards from a single reader
  • Bluetooth® / NFC credential reading
  • 125kHz PSK and G-Prox II support
  • Supports OSDP communication protocol with Secure Channel
  • Secure Access Module (SAM) for robust protection of encryption keys
  • Custom encryption keys for MIFARE and DESFire credentials
  • Programmable using the Protege Config App
  • 16-color LED strip for configurable status display
  • Read range up to 50mm (1.97") with proximity ISO cards
  • Keep alive transmission for intelligent tamper management
  • Fully encapsulated design with environment IP Rating of IP65 for outdoor and indoor operation


A range of optional features means there is a model to suit everyone.

  • Available with or without capacitive touch keypad
  • Choose from 13.56MHz MIFARE/DESFire or a multi technology reader that combines both 125kHz proximity and 13.56MHz formats in a single unit
  • Opt for either black or white according to your decor

TSL readers can read a range of different card types:

  • 13.56MHz smart cards (MIFARE and DESFire)
  • 125kHz low frequency cards, including native PSK (phase-shift keying) and G-Prox II support

The multi technology reader combines both capabilities in a single unit, delivering a migration pathway for sites to transition from older cards to the latest technology. This is ideal for organizations which don't want to replace all of their existing cards at once.

Bluetooth / NFC capability enables you to use your smartphone as your access credential for maximum convenience. Equipped with support for most modern iOS and Android devices, you can unlock the door using a unique access credential that is entered against your user record in Protege, and authenticated by a secure cloud based server.

The TSL reader protects its encrypted communications with a Secure Access Module (SAM), a dedicated cryptographic chip. The SAM is a 'black box' which stores all encryption keys and handles encryption and decryption processes whenever the reader communicates with credentials or other hardware.

Using an isolated chip provides the highest possible level of security for private encryption keys, making it much more difficult for attackers to access them.

The TSL reader uses signature verification to confirm the authenticity of firmware updates, ensuring that only firmware files from a trusted source will be accepted.

TSL readers offer multiple communication protocols for maximum installation flexibility:

  • The industry-standard OSDP 2.2 protocol provides the best security and compatibility with Protege and third-party systems. Using secure channel communications, each reader is paired with the controller or reader expander with a unique AES-128 bit encryption key. RS-485 wiring is easier to deploy, more cost-effective and allows for longer cable runs than traditional Wiegand wiring.
  • ICT RS-485 configuration provides fast, flexible and encrypted communication with Protege systems.
  • Wiegand wiring is ideal for compatibility with all standard access control systems.

The card reader provides the ability to change the color of the LED strip (16 colors available) to show when a function has started, succeeded or failed. For example, for a function that is used to arm an area you might set the LED to change to orange to show that the function has started, yellow to show that the area has armed successfully, and red to indicate when the function has failed.

*This feature is only supported when wired using RS-485.

Reader configuration can be easily programmed for a wide range of functionality from any mobile device via the Protege Config App.

TSL readers form an essential component of the ICT offline wireless locking system. In this system, all programming, access data and events are carried on user cards and mobile devices. TSL readers at key locations in the building act as update points, updating access data and retrieving events whenever a user badges their credential.

The IP65 environmental rating provides a high degree of protection from the elements, making the reader suitable for harsh environments. Readers can be mounted indoors or outdoors, located anywhere from the car park gate to the office door.

Designed to withstand some of the harshest environments, the optional vandal resistant cover is ideal for locations where a card reader may be exposed to damage, including corridors, parking buildings, correctional facilities, and other public places.

Highly resistant to impact, such as from the swing of a hammer or baseball bat, its robust construction provides greater durability and protection against vandalism and malicious damage.

The flush design also serves as an anti-ligature measure for an additional level of safety.

Mounted correctly the vandal resistant cover is compliant to DHF TS 001:2013 Enhanced Requirements & Test Methods For Anti-Ligature Hardware to Grade B4 for vertical direction devices, and to impact level IK10.

Ordering Codes:

  • TSL Extra Reader VRC: TSL-VRC-EXTRA-B
  • TSL Extra Reader with Keypad VRC: TSL-VRC-EXTRA-KP-B

All TSL readers are shipped with a black faceplate. To switch to a white reader simply order a white faceplate.

Whether you're looking for a color change or need to replace a damaged cover, replacement white and black faceplates are available to suit all TSL reader sizes and configurations.

Ordering Codes:

  • TSL Extra Reader Faceplate (Black): TSL-FP-EXTRA-B
  • TSL Extra Reader Faceplate (White): TSL-FP-EXTRA-W
  • TSL Extra Reader with Keypad Faceplate (Black): TSL-FP-EXTRA-KP-B
  • TSL Extra Reader with Keypad Faceplate (White): TSL-FP-EXTRA-KP-W

TSL readers use a shielded 8-wire pigtail wiring loom with a Hirose socket plug for connection to the reader. A standard 34cm cable is supplied with the reader. Additional 34cm or 3.5m cables can be ordered separately.

Ordering Codes:

  • Standard 34cm TSL Reader Pigtail Cable: TSL-CABLE-34CM
  • 3.5m TSL Reader Pigtail Cable: TSL-CABLE-3.5M

The 3.5m pigtail cable is not compliant for UL/cUL installations.

A ferrite shield, also known as a noise suppression sheet, is designed to reduce electromagnetic interference and may help to improve read range for readers mounted on a metal surface. The shield is placed between the reader and the mounting surface to suppress interference caused by the reader's proximity to the metal surface.

All Mini readers come with a ferrite shield fitted. 

The effectiveness of using a ferrite shield to improve read range is determined by many factors, including the mounting surface material and installation environment, and may not necessarily produce the desired result. Testing should be performed to assess effectiveness before planning installation of multiple readers.

ICT recommends using a surface mount box as the preferred solution for interference caused by metal mounting surfaces. A surface mount box is generally more effective at reducing interference and improving read range as it distances the reader from direct contact with the mounting surface, breaking the 'path of transfer'.

Available Models / Ordering Information

Order Code / Description Keypad 125kHz MIFARE/DESFIRE/NFC Bluetooth® Technology
TSL Extra Multi-Technology Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
TSL Extra Multi-Technology Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and Keypad
TSL Extra 13.56MHz Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
TSL Extra 13.56MHz Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and Keypad


Ordering Information  
Order Codes See available models
Power Supply  
Operating Voltage 12VDC (9.5 to 14VDC)
Operating Current 165mA (peak, reading)
Card Read Range MIFARE: 50mm (1.97")
DESFire EV1 ISO: 5mm (0.2")
DESFire EV2 ISO: 25mm (0.98")
DESFire EV3 ISO: 20mm (0.79")
125kHz Clamshell: 45mm (1.78”) *
Tag Read Range MIFARE: 25mm (0.98")
DESFire EV1: 5mm (0.2")
DESFire EV2: 5mm (0.2")
DESFire EV3: 10mm (0.39")
125kHz: 25mm (0.98”) *
Wiegand Interface Multiple format 26, 34, or 37, customizable, Bit data 0 and data 1, sent at 1kHz
Frequency 13.56 MHz ISO/IEC 14443 Type A*
125KHz carrier. Several modulation formats are supported. *
Multi Conductor Cable Module comms / RS-485: Belden 9842 or equivalent
Max distance 900m (3000ft)
Wiegand: 22 AWG alpha 5196, 5198, 18 AWG alpha 5386, 5388
Max Distance 150m (492ft)
OSDP Communication OSDP standard 2.2 with Secure Channel Protocol
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology  
Bluetooth Read Range Proximity mode: up to 0.5m (1.6ft) configurable
Action unlock (shake): up to 5m (16.4ft) configurable
Bluetooth Electronic credential transmission technology Bluetooth® version 5.1 compliant
Proprietary data exchange protocol. AES-128 encrypted
Credentials can be distinguished by unique site code and card number
Bluetooth Wireless Device Protege Mobile 1.0.x
NFC Read Range Up to 60mm***
NFC (Near-field communication) Electronic credential transmission technology

Android 4.4 or above, with phones which support ISO7816-4
Proprietary Secured DESFire credential 
Credential is AES-256 (NIST certified AES algorithm) 
Credentials can be distinguished by unique site code and card number

NFC Wireless Device Protege Mobile 1.0.x
Operating Conditions  
Environment IP Rating IP65
Operating Temperature UL/cUL -35° to 66°C (-31° to 151°F) : EU EN -40° to 70°C (-40° to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -10° to 85°C (14° to 185°F)
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 520,834 hours (calculated using RFD 2000 (UTE C 80-810) Standard)
Reader Dimensions (H x W x D) 117 x 75 x 11.5mm (4.6 x 3.0 x 0.45”)
Reader Weight Net Weight: 120g (4.2oz)
Gross Weight: 130g (4.6oz)

*Applies to multi-technology models only

The size of conductor used for the supply of power to the unit should be adequate to prevent voltage drop at the terminals of no more than 5% of the rated supply voltage.

Regulatory Notices

This equipment carries the RCM label and complies with EMC and radio communications regulations of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) governing the Australian and New Zealand (AS/NZS) communities.

Protege systems conform to AS/NZS 2201.1:2007 Class 5 intruder alarm systems standards for the construction, operation, performance and installation of intruder alarm equipment and systems installed in clients' premises.

Conforms where applicable to European Union (EU) Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU, Radio Equipment Directive (RED)2014/53/EU and RoHS Recast (RoHS2) Directive: 2011/65/EU + Amendment Directive (EU) 2015/863.

This equipment complies with the rules of the Official Journal of the European Union, for governing the Self Declaration of the CE Marking for the European Union as specified in the above directives.

Security Grade 4, Environmental Class II, EN 50131-1:2006+A2:2017, EN 50131-3:2009, EN 50131-6:2008+A1:2014, EN 50131-10:2014, EN 50136-1:2012, EN 50136-2:2013, EN 60839-11-1:2013, Power frequency magnetic field immunity tests EN 61000-4-8, Readers Environmental Class: IVA, IK07.

This equipment carries the UKCA label and complies with all applicable standards.

  • UL 294 for Access Control System Units
  • CAN/ULC 60839-11-1 for Electronic Access Control Systems


This is a Class A digital device that meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.


FCC Rules and Regulations CFR 47, Part 15, Class A.

This equipment complies with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference; (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.