Configure a CSL CS463 Reader

Our step-by-step guide to configure the reader to run Pareto Anywhere at the edge.

Configure a CSL CS463 reader with Pareto Anywhere

The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)

Learn how we at reelyActive configure the readers to make any physical space context-aware

What will this accomplish?
The CS463 will collect ambient RAIN RFID decodings to be processed locally—on the reader itself—by Pareto Anywhere.
What's Pareto Anywhere?
Pareto Anywhere is open source middleware that makes sense of who/what is where/how, in any physical space, in real time.
Why run locally?
The CS463 is a Linux-powered edge server which allows custom applications to run standalone, without the need for cloud or network connectivity.


A CSL CS463 reader.


Learn more from the manufacturer:

  Convergence Systems Limited

Configure network   Step 1 of 5

Connect to the CS463 to configure its network settings.

How to power?
The CS463 is powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet), or from a DC supply which is likely provided.
How to connect?
The CS463 accepts connections over the Ethernet and/or WiFi network to which it is connected
CS463 power and connectivity

Connect to the CS463 Part 1

Connect the CS463 to your computer with a network cable and then:

  1. apply power to the reader via the DC supply
  2. set your computer's Ethernet interface to the static IP address
  3. after the reader boots   3 min browse to the reader at
  4. log in to the reader with user root and password csl

Configure Cloud Server Part 2

After logging in, from the left menu, select Network | Cloud Server | Add Cloud Server and enter the following configuration:

Parameter Value
Server ID Pareto Anywhere (local)
Description Pareto Anywhere open source middleware running on the CS463 itself
Protocol HTTP

Click Add to save the configuration.

From the left menu, select Network | Cloud Server | Configuration, disable the Buffer Undeliverable Tag Data option* and then click Modify to save the configuration.

* this prevents stale data from being unnecessarily forwarded to the real-time middleware

Configure WiFi or Ethernet connectivity Part 3

The reader will require an Internet connection to install the middleware and its dependencies.

Configure either a WiFi or Ethernet connection, as below, ensuring that the computer can connect to the same network to complete the configuration.

From the left menu, select Network | WiFi Configuration and enter the WiFi credentials specific to your network, similar to the screenshot below.

CS463 WiFi configuration

Click Set to save the configuration. The CS463 will automatically initiate the connection.

From the left menu, select Status and scroll down to the Network Setting section. Note the WiFi IP address that has been assigned to the reader, as this will be required in Step 2 below.

From the left menu, select Network | Ethernet Configuration and enter the configuration specific to your network, similar to the screenshot below.

CS463 Ethernet configuration

Click Set to save the configuration. The CS463 will adopt the new configuration on the next power cycle.

From the left menu, select Users | Logout, disconnect the network cable connecting your computer to the reader, and proceed to Step 2 below.

If the Ethernet option was selected above, connect the reader to the network and perform a power cycle.

Install packages   Step 2 of 5

Install Node.js, Pareto Anywhere and Node-RED from online repositories.

Why Node.js?
Both Node-RED and Pareto Anywhere run on Node.js.
Why Node-RED?
Node-RED is a popular and user-friendly way to program event-driven applications.
CS463 package installation

Connect to the CS463 over the network Part 1

With your computer and the reader on the same network, complete the following:

  1. Open a terminal on the computer and SSH into the reader with the command ssh replacing the x values with the reader's new IP address on the network
  2. When prompted enter the password (csl by default)

If you're still using the default password, this is as good a time as any to change it via the web interface.

Add the CSL package repository Part 2

From the same terminal , open a new file for editing with the command sudo nano /etc/yum.repos.d/csl-remote-repo.repo and paste in the following contents:

name=CSL Intelligent Reader Repository

Save the file with Ctrl+X and y.

Update the reader's repositories with the command dnf -v repolist all

Install Node.js and Node-RED Part 3

From the same terminal , complete the following:

  1. install Node.js with the command sudo dnf install node
  2. install Node-RED with the command sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm node-red

Install Pareto Anywhere Part 4

First create a reelyActive folder under the home folder.

  1. Create (if it does not already exist) a reelyActive folder with the command mkdir ~/reelyActive
  2. Change to the reelyActive folder with the command cd ~/reelyActive

Next, install Pareto Anywhere under this folder.

  1. Clone the pareto-anywhere repository and submodules from our GitHub with the command git clone --recurse-submodules
  2. Change to the pareto-anywhere folder with the command cd pareto-anywhere
  3. Install all package dependencies from npm with the command npm install     5 mins

It is possible that some dependencies produce warnings or errors. Do not despair: in most cases these have no impact on functionality.

Configure events   Step 3 of 5

Read tags and relay the data to Pareto Anywhere.

What are events/actions?
The CS463 supports "Events", like reading any tag, as triggers triggers for "Resultant Actions", like relaying data.
How is data relayed?
Data is HTTP POSTed to the local instance of Pareto Anywhere every time a tag is read.
CS463 events configuration

From your computer browse to the reader (by entering its IP address on the network) and log in to complete the configuration using the web interface.

Add Resultant Action Part 1

From the left menu, select Events | Resultant Action | Add Resultant Action and enter the following configuration:

Parameter Value
Resultant Action ID Send to Pareto Anywhere (local)
Description Relay data to Pareto Anywhere open source middleware running on the CS463 itself
Condition None
Action Mode Low Latency Alert to Server
Transport Type HTTP POST
Server ID Pareto Anywhere (local)
Data Format ID Example Tag Upload to Cloud Server Data Format

Click Add to save the action.

Edit Default Event Part 2

From the left menu, select Events | Event Management | List Event and select Default Event from the Event Table. Update the configuration by changing the Resultant Action and selecting Event Enabled as follows:

Parameter Value
Event ID Default Event
Description Ex Factory Default Event
Operation Profile Default Profile
Exclusivity Non-exclusive
Tag Duplicate Elimination Window 1 second
Tag Duplicate Eliminate Antenna Differentiation Disabled
Inventory Enabling Trigger Always On
Inventory Enabling Action None THEN None
Trigger Logic Read Any Tags
Resultant Action Send to Pareto Anywhere (local) THEN None
Inventory Disabling Trigger Never Stop
Inventory Disabling Action None THEN None
Event Enabled Enabled

Click Modify to save the event configuration.

Edit Operation Profile (OPTIONAL) Part 3

The Default Profile for operation will read tags on Antenna Port 1 only: edit the profile as required.

From the left menu, select System | Operation Profile | List Profile and select Default Profile from the Operation Profile table.

If the only modification is to add Antenna Ports as Capture Points, then it is reasonable to simply update the Default Profile.

However, if additional modifications are required, we recommend creating a new Operation Profile. After creating a new profile, repeat Part 2 above for the Default Event to use the newly created Operation Profile.

Observe data   Step 4 of 5

Run Pareto Anywhere and Node-RED to observe tag data.

Why Pareto Anywhere?
Use Pareto Anywhere to visualise, consume and forward a standard, vendor-and-technology-agnostic real-time data stream.
Why Node-RED?
Use Node-RED to rapidly prototype event-driven applications.
CS463 & Pareto Anywhere

This step will be documented once the CS463 supports an updated version of Node.js.

Enjoy the real-time data stream

Our cheatsheet details the raddec JSON output from the Pareto Anywhere open source middleware.

Automatically run on boot   Step 5 of 5

Configure a systemd service to run Pareto Anywhere and Node-RED each time the CS463 boots.

Why systemd?
It is becoming the de facto standard for system and service management among Linux distributions.
How does it work?
A .service file instructs systemd how to run the application.
CS463 run on boot

This step will be documented once the CS463 supports an updated version of Node.js.

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