WAVE ID® Writer

The WAVE ID Writer is your go-to reader/writer for NXP MIFARE® smart cards. Quickly plugging into a computer allows the user to write to contactless cards using the included software (WAVE ID® Card Manager) or the available Software Developer Kit (SDK). Write to any application area on a MIFARE technology contactless card, and allow users to set their own keys. When used with contactless cards, labels or tags, the WAVE ID Writer provides critical security features including RF data encryption, mutual authentication (user-defined) and unique keys. Ideal for point-of-sale terminals, equipment, and material checkout.

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Operating Conditions

Operating Frequency

13.56 MHz

Typical Maximum Read Range

1.0” – 3.0” (2.5 – 7.6cm) dependent upon card type and environmental conditions

Supported Card Types

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

Physical Characteristics

3.4 in × 2 in × 0.6 in(8.6 cm × 5.1 cm × 1.5 cm)
4 oz(113.4 g)
Cable Length



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

Form Factor


Power Supply

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


USB, Serial RS232

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Environmental Usage

Operating Temperature Range
-35℃ to 65℃ (238℉ 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; IC, Industry Canada. Environment: RoHS, REACH. rf IDEAS products are certified in various additional countries worldwide. Contact rf IDEAS for additional details.


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

Compatible Operating Systems

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

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