ITEAD PN532 NFC module is equipped with double-row pins, which can be connected directly to the Raspberry Pie via connection cable and then drive the module for non-contact near field communication operations, such as reading and writing 13.56M IC card.
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The following tutorial demonstrates how to use libnfc on Raspberry Pi to drive ITEAD PN532 module with the SPI bus.
1, Hardware connection
As Itead PN532 Module is customized for Raspberry Pi, it can be connected directly to Raspberry Pi via the adapter cable, as shown in the picture below:
According to the connection in the picture above, Itead PN532 Module is connected via the SPI bus with raspberry pi, and therefore, the operating mode of PN532 Module should be set to SPI mode, as shown below:
If you want to use I2C mode of PN532 module, you should set the code as below:
Before installation of the needed software, please do the configuration first, as given below.
Raspberry Pi Software Configuration
Choose to configure SPI, I2C, and Serial.
2, Install the software pack needed
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libusb-dev libpcsclite-dev
3, Download and compress source code pack of libnfc
cd ~ wget http://dl.bintray.com/nfc-tools/sources/libnfc-1.7.1.tar.bz2 tar -xf libnfc-1.7.1.tar.bz2
4, Compile and install
cd libnfc-1.7.1 ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc make sudo make install
5, Modify the configuration file
cd /etc sudo mkdir nfc sudo nano /etc/nfc/libnfc.conf
Copy and paste the following contents to file /etc/nfc/libnfc.conf:
# Allow device auto-detection (default: true) # Note: if this auto-detection is disabled, user has to manually set a device # configuration using file or environment variable allow_autoscan = true # Allow intrusive auto-detection (default: false) # Warning: intrusive auto-detection can seriously disturb other devices # This option is not recommended, so user should prefer to add manually his/her device. allow_intrusive_scan = false # Set log level (default: error) # Valid log levels are (in order of verbosity): 0 (none), 1 (error), 2 (info), 3 (debug) # Note: if you compiled with --enable-debug option, the default log level is "debug" log_level = 1 # Manually set default device (no default) # To set a default device, users must set both name and connstring for their device # Note: if autoscan is enabled, default device will be the first device available in device list. device.name = "Itead_PN532_SPI" device.connstring = "pn532_spi:/dev/spidev0.0:500000"
6, As Raspberry Pi defaults to disable the driver for SPI module, we need to enable it
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf
# in front of
blacklist spi-bcm2708 and it will become
As shown in the picture below
You can see two spi devices under /dev after rebooting.
7, So far, the preparations are done. So now we can use command
nfc-list to check if it is successfully installed.
Let’s try swiping the card.
8, Configurations for connection via I2C bus
8.1 Software configuration
Enable I2C bus on Raspberry Pi, and change
blacklist i2c-bcm2708 in /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf to
i2c-dev at the end of /etc/modules
Modify last line of /etc/nfc/libnfc.conf to
pn532_i2c:/dev/i2c-1 as shown in the picture below
8.2 Hardware connection
Connection is as shown in the picture below:
Running result is as shown in the picture below:
Appendix: Related links
A1. libnfc configuration method: http://nfc-tools.org/index.php?title=Libnfc:configuration
A2. libnfc installation tutorial: http://nfc-tools.org/index.php?title=Libnfc
A3. libnfc user API: http://nfc-tools.org/index.php?title=Libnfc:API
A4. libnfc main page: http://nfc-tools.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
A5. libnfc tutorial: http://nfc-tools.org/index.php?title=Category:Libnfc:Examples
A6. Iteadstudio PN532 Module website: http://imall.iteadstudio.com/im130625002.html
A7. Disable R-Pi/RASPBIAN serial console for using UART0: http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-nfc-rfid-on-raspberry-pi/freeing-uart-on-the-pi