Proxmark 3 RDv4 Setup

Introduction

The Proxmark3 Dev Kit 4 (RDV4) from RRG/ProxGrind is more compact/portable and brings various improvements to the open source design. Antennas are highly customizable and there is a new multifunction multiplexing interface to support additional components such as external battery, external active high powered antenna, bluetooth interfaces and more. The new model replaces RDV3 (aka PM3 Easy), RDV2, and the original PM3 design.

Proxmark RDV4 Full Kit

Purchase Options

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Proxmark RDV4 Complete Kit

We’ve got a full list of specs and product info. We’ve purchased the RDV4 Complete kit and have the following components.

What’s included

Standard Accessory Pack

  • 1x Proxmark 3 RDV4 
  • 1x Pretuned LF Antenna - 125KHz & 134KHz (Internal: 2019 Edition)
  • 1x Pretuned HF Antenna - 13.56MHz (Internal: 2019 Edition)
  • 1x Micro USB Cable
  • 1x Screw Driver (for external antenna mounting)
Complete Accessory Pack
  • 1x Medium Range HF Antenna
  • 1x Long Range HF Antenna
  • 1x SIM / SAM Reader Module (We actually have 2 of these in the photo)
  • 1x Flashing Support
RFID Tags / Cards
  • 1x ‘Magic’ 1k UID Changeable - PVC Card format
  • 1x T5577 Tag - PVC Card format

How To Setup

Before starting:

  • Ensure all cables are removed from your Proxmark Device
  • Ensure the power is turned off on the Standalone Module

Setup Standalone Module

  1. Remove the plastic cases from your Proxmark device. This is easier if you use an opening tool.

    • Removable larger shell
    • Top part of the ‘button shell’

    Proxmark RDV4 button shell Proxmark RDV4

  2. Using the provided screwdriver, remove the antenna board to expose the FPC interface.

    • 2A - Take the Standalone module, turn it over.
    • 2B - Insert the FPC wire into the FPC connector.
    • IMPORTANT: Lock the FPC Connector

    Proxmark RDV4 FPC Connector

  3. Remove the double-sized tape off the heat-conductor

  4. Turn the standalone module up the right way

  5. Align the hole positions, and gently insert it onto the Proxmark circuit

    Proxmark RDV4 Attach standalone module

  6. Align the antenna boards, and replace the screws

    Proxmark RDV4 antenna

  7. Replace the antenna cover and the initial setup is complete !

    Proxmark RDV4 Setup complete

Connect Via Bluetooth

It's important to get to know your device first:

  1. Battery On/Off switch.
    This allows you to power your Proxmark from its battery - you no longer need to have the device plugged in.
    When the device is plugged in, it will automatically charge.

  2. Bluetooth On/Off switch
    Enables / disables the Bluetooth interface

  3. Bluetooth Indicator
    Indicates when Bluetooth is activated
    Blinking Light: BT is activated but not connected.
    Solid Light: BT is connected.

Connecting via Bluetooth

Bluetooth Connections / Control can be made via two methods:

  • Standard Mode: Mobile Phone, PC, etc
  • Fast Mode: Using a dedicated, specially flashed USB-BLE dongle

Standard Mode

  1. Enable Bluetooth on your Proxmark 3 RDV 4 (Switch 2)
  2. On your host device (PC/Phone..) scan for Bluetooth devices
  3. Select the device RM3_RDV4.0
  4. Enter the pairing password of 1234
  5. There will be two COM ports that display. We will use the lower COM port number.
  6. When the correct COM Port is chosen, the Bluetooth Indicator Light (3 in the image) will change from blinking to solid.
  7. You can now control the Proxmark 3 RDV4 via BT serial console.

Fast Mode

  1. Install the USB Dongle Driver, available here
  2. Plug the Dongle into your computer.
  3. Enable Bluetooth on your Proxmark 3 RDV 4 (Switch 2)
  4. The device will automatically search and pair with your Proxmark 3. The Bluetooth Indicator Light (3 in the image) will change from blinking to solid.

Additional Use Notes

The Bluetooth interface is connected via UART. The USB and UART interfaces can be used simultaneously - no special switching is required.

The following link has helpful notes on UART usage and baud rates:

The battery charging circuit is turned on by default. Any time a USB cable is inserted, the battery will be automatically charged. The red LED will remain bright when charging.

The red LED will be extinguished when charging is completed.

Dissasembly

 Due to the heat-conductive double-sided tape, when disassembling, you will have to apply a significant amount of force to disassemble.

IMPORTANT: Repeated disassembly will reduce the adherence of the double-sided tape - thermal conductivity will be reduced, which will have an impact on performance and product life.

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