Card readers are typically connected to the printer via USB. Selected printers (HP) may have a hardware integration pocket that allows a card reader to be mounted inside the printer and be connected typically via a mini-USB connector. Readers can be keyboard (KBD) emulating and non-keyboard emulating.
Card reader vendor IDs and product IDs
Card readers with the below vendor ID (VID) and product ID (PID) are supported.
|Elatec||0×09D8||0×0206||TWN3 Mifare USB (Kofax SafeCom)|
|Elatec||0×09D8||0×0310||TWN3 Mifare USB (PaperCut)|
|Elatec||0×09D8||0×0406||TWN4 Mifare USB|
|Elatec||0×09D8||0×0410||TWN4 Mifare USB (Kofax SafeCom)|
|rf IDEAS||0×0C27||0×3BFA||pcProx Card Reader|
How to find the card reader’s vendor ID and product ID
- On your Windows computer open the Device Manager.
- Connect the card reader to the USB port.
- Select Human Interface Devices.
Depending on the card reader, it may appear under Ports (COM & LPT) instead.
- Double-click the device of interest to open Properties.
- Select the Details tab
- In the Property drop-down box, select Device instance path
The USB HID VID and PID are displayed. Example: USB\VID_09D8&PID_0420
Types of card readers
- Proximity card readers
Contactless card readers that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Some readers support both low frequency (125kHz) and high frequency (13.56MHz) and multiple protocols within those frequencies, including, popular ones like: Mifare, HID Prox, EM, Hitag, iClass, Indala, Legic and many more. The user presents the card (keyfob or tag) by holding it near the reader so it can scan it.
- Multiprotocol cards
- Present one card at a time
- Card reader does not work with a particular card
- Card reader does not work with a printer
If you suspect a card is a multiprotocol card, it is always good to present the card in two different ways to the reader:
- Move the card slowly towards the reader.
- Drop the card quickly and directly onto the top of the reader.
If for example the card support both HID iClass and HID Prox. Dropping the card quickly will (depending on the reader) result in two beeps and reading of both card numbers. Presenting the card slowly will return only the HID Prox card number (as it has a better reading range).
Present one card at a time
If you are storing multiple proximity cards in a wallet and is placing the wallet on top of the card reader, it will vary which card is read. The same applies if you have multiple key fobs chained together. You should present only one card (or key fob) at a time.
Card reader does not work with a particular card
If the reader works with some cards, but not with others there could be a number of reasons:
- The card is defect. A proximity card contains an antenna and if the card appear worn and perhaps bend, the antenna may have been damaged.
- The protocol needed to read the card has been disabled.
- The card is using a protocol that is not supported.
Card reader does not work with a printer
If the printer does not support keyboard emulation and the reader does, then it will not work and vice versa. To establish if the reader support keyboard emulation connect the reader to the USB port of a Windows computer.
- Open Notepad.
- Present the card to the reader.
The card number is written if the reader is setup for keyboard emulation. Otherwise it will not write anything.
High frequency (13.56 MHz)
- Mifare Classic
- Mifare Mini
- Mifare DESFIRE EV1
- Mifare Plus S,X
- Mifare Pro X
- Mifare SmartMX
- Mifare Ultralight
- Mifare Ultralight C
- SLE66Rxx (my-d move)
- Legic Prime
- Legic Advant
- Pay Pass
- Pico Pass
- SRI512, SRT512
- SRI4K, SRIX4K
- Sony Felica
- NFC Forum Tag 2-4
- HID iClass
- ICODE SLI
- Pico Pass
- SRF55Vxx (my-d vcinity)
Low frequency (125 KHz)
- Casi Rusco
- EM4100, 4102, 4200
- HID Prox
- Hitag 1, 2, S