WAVE ID® Playback

Maximizing the value and cost of an existing badge or control system is easy with the WAVE ID Playback. This multi-application solution interfaces contactless cards to existing applications and systems without the need to change or update these systems.

The Playback readily installs without updates, software changes, pilot testing or training. No stressing over incompatibility issues or need for technical support, enabling users to change the locations being read on the contactless card. Playback can also be configured to read data already on the card and record data using the WAVE ID® Writer.

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Operating Conditions

Operating Frequency

13.56 MHz

Typical Maximum Read Range

1.0” – 4.0” (2.5 – 10.4cm) dependent upon card type and environmental conditions

Supported Card Types

For a full list of supported card types, click here.

Physical Characteristics

3.6 in × 2.1 in × 0.7 in(9.1 cm × 5.3 cm × 1.8 cm)
4 oz(113.4 g)
Cable Length

6" & 6'


Quad-state LED (off, green, amber, red) and adjustable beeper (off, low, medium, high)

Form Factor

Desktop, Surface Mount, Non-Housed

Power Supply

USB Self-powered; Serial RS-232 via a pass-thru PS/2 connector or power supply adapter: several power options exist


USB, Serial RS-232

WAVE ID® Playback RS-232 reader easily interfaces to existing software, PLCs, point-of-sale terminals and other equipment

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Environmental Usage

Operating Temperature Range
-30℃ to 65℃ (243℉ to 339℉ )
Operating Humidity Range

5% to 95% relative humidity, non-condensing

Storage Temperature Range
-40℃ to 85℃ (233℉ to 358℉ )

General Information


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


One year for material/workmanship defects; see complete policy for details

Compatible Operating Systems

Windows 7, 8, 10, Linux, macOS and Android

Additional Information

WAVE ID® and WAVE ID® Plus Surface Mount Only—When the IP67 Surface Mount reader is installed in accordance with the IP67 Surface Mount instructional guide

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