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STEP 1c & 2c:  CAC READERS FOR LAPTOP COMPUTERS

Installation Steps

Step 1: Obtain a CAC Reader
Step 2: CAC Reader driver / Video
Step 3: DoD Certificates / Video
Step 4: ActivClient / Video
Step 4a:  Update ActivClient
Step 5: IE adjustments / Video
Log into a CAC enabled webpage now to test
Step 6: Lotus Forms / Video
Step 7: ApproveIt / Video

 

CAC Readers are available for your laptop.
 Click the pictures below to find online businesses selling it

 

NOTE:  'Most' new laptops do not have these slots anymore, so, if you are upgrading in the near future, I'd recommend you look for a USB type instead (like the first one shown below).

 

ONCE YOU'VE DECIDED WHICH READER YOU ARE GOING TO PURCHASE AND / OR DOWNLOADED THE DRIVER, PROCEED TO STEP 3

 

NOTICE:  The links to vendors / products is an attempt to save you time searching for the specific item, by linking you directly to the item shown.  You will notice I have multiple [when I can find] vendors to choose from.  I have no personal preference as to who you decide to purchase from.  I am not endorsing any particular product or vendor, I'm merely informing you what works and where you can purchase a CAC reader from.

 

These first 2 readers are not specifically for laptops, but are the smallest readers I've found.  Also, know that a lot of the newer laptops are not coming with PCMCIA or ExpressCard slots anymore, so USB is the way to go for future.

 

SCR-3500 mini CAC reader

SCR-3500 Smart fold mini USB Smart Card Reader

Mac Friendly

Amazon logo  Google Products logo Identive logo  SCB logo  TXSystems logo

If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

ACR38 Pocket Mate Smart Card reader image

ACR38U-TFC Pocket Mate Smart Card Reader

Information from manufacturer (including drivers)

Mac friendly (except when using Firefox)

SCB-logo  TXSystems logo

 

 
If you have an available ExpressCard slot on your laptop, you can purchase one that will fit in the slot.
 

Gemplus Express card

 

Lenovo GemPlus ExpressCard Smart Card CAC Reader (works with Vista & 7)

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If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 Photo of SCR 3340 ExpressCard smart card reader

SCR 3340 ExpressCard CAC reader driver (includes Windows 7 & 8) FIRMWARE UPDATE follow instructions

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If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 

Picture of Cardman Mobile 4321 Express Card CAC reader

CardMan Mobile 4321 Mobile ExpressCard Smart Card CAC reader driver (works with Windows Vista & 7)

Amazon logo  Google Products logo   SCB-logo  TXSystems logo

If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 

Cherry SR-4300 ExpressCard CAC reader

Cherry SR-4300 ExpressCard CAC reader driver (works with Windows Vista & 7)

   Amazon logo  Google Products logo

If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 

 

 
If your laptop slot looks like the one below, you have a PCMCIA slot not ExpressCard

 

Picture of SCR24 PCMCIA CAC reader

SCR243 PCMCIA Smart Card CAC reader driver  (now includes Windows 7)  FIRMWARE UPDATE look at instructions

   Amazon logo   Google Products logo  Identive logoSCB-logo TXSystems logo

If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 

SCR201 image

SCR201 PCMCIA Smart Card CAC reader driver (now includes Windows 7) FIRMWARE UPDATE look at instructions

   Amazon logo  Google Products logo

If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 

 

SR-4044 PCMCIA Smart Card reader

 

SR-4044 PCMCIA Smart Card reader driver

   Amazon logo  Google Products logo

If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

 

Geplus GPR400 PCMCIA CAC reader

 

GemPlus GPR400 PCMCIA Smart Card reader  32 bit driver  64 bit driver  alternate driver

Windows XP users may need this driver

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If purchasing from Amazon, consider Amazon Prime (free for 30 days), includes free 2 day shipping and the ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV shows anytime

Instructions for a successful installation of the CAC Reader drivers

Alternate driver download locations:

 

Envoy Data

 

TX Systems

 

SCM Microsystems

 

HID Global

 

 

OTHER TYPES OF READERS TO CONSIDER

 

Desktop computer reader

 

External USB CAC reader

 

USB keyboards with built-in CAC reader

 

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