pcSwipe™ Magnetic Stripe Reader

The pcSwipe Magnetic Stripe Card Reader for identification and enrollment is a cost-effective and efficient solution for customers wanting to leverage their existing base of magnetic stripe card-carrying personnel. The pcSwipe magnetic stripe reader is compatible with the billions of magnetic stripe cards in circulation worldwide. In addition to solid construction and numerous flush mounting options, key features include bi-directional stripe card reader capability and fast swipe speeds for maximum usability. Free software allows customers to configure their pcSwipe as needed. The pcSwipe magnetic card reader easily adds security to your network.

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Operating Conditions

Operating Frequency

Operating Technology: Magnetic stripe

Supported Card Types

Compatible with millions of cards in use worldwide

Physical Characteristics

3.7 in × 1.3 in × 1.2 in(9.3 cm × 3.4 cm × 3 cm)
4.6 oz(130.4 g)
Housing Color

Reader: black, mounting base: black

Mounting Options

Reader has an articulated cable for easy placement on desktops, counters, and more (optional mounting base available). Optional base dimensions: 3.375” x 3.5” x 0.5” (86 x 89 x 13 mm). Base weight: 13 oz. (369g)

Cable Length

6” (custom lengths available; call our Sales department at 866-439-4884)


Tri-state LED, dual tone beeper

Power Supply

USB self-powered; serial RS-232 [DB9F] model: 5V supplied by either PS/2 keyboard pass-through or USB power tap


USB, serial RS-232

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Environmental Usage

Operating Temperature Range
0℃ to 55℃ (273℉ to 328℉ )
Operating Humidity Range

5% to 95% relative humidity, non-condensing

Storage Temperature Range
-30℃ to 70℃ (243℉ to 343℉ )

General Information


FCC, United States; CE Mark, Europe; RCM, Australia; Industry Canada, RoHS


One year for material/workmanship defects. See complete policy for details.

Compatible Operating Systems

Compatible with Windows CE®, Windows 2000®, 7®, 8®, 10®, Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Macintosh®, the Solaris™ operating system, Sun Ray™ thin clients, and Linux (free configuration software requires Windows® operating system)

Additional Information

Connectors and Software Interface

  • The standard USB model connects directly to a USB port and can send data as keystrokes or work with the optional Software Developer Kit (SDK). The RS-232 model connects to a standard serial PC COM port and sends data as ASCII. The CDC model emulates a virtual serial device.


Operating Conditions

  • Media Thickness: 0.015” (0.127 mm) to 0.038” (1.14 mm)
  • Media Formats: ISO 7811, AAMVA and other F2F formats
  • Slot Width: 0.040” (1.0 mm)
  • Swipe Speed: 3 to 60 inches per second, bi-directional
  • Operating Life: 1,000,000 cycles minimum


Physical Characteristics

  • Ports/Styles: USB, RS-232