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STEP 1a & 2a:  USB EXTERNAL CAC READERS

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: eSign / ApproveIt / Video

 

 Click the images below each reader to find online businesses selling the CAC reader you desire

 

ONCE YOU'VE DECIDED WHICH READER YOU WANT TO PURCHASE OR DOWNLOADED THE DRIVER, PROCEED TO STEP 3

 

 

A little bit of information / history:  Not all CAC readers are created equal.  This page shows over 40 different CAC readers available.  You will only see readers that I have tested and will recommend to you on this page (Except for the Non-Supported (old) readers section). 

 

 

CAC Reader Manufacturers (listed alphabetically):

 

 +iD  |  ACS  |  ActivIdentity   |  Belkin  |  Cherry  |  CP Technologies  |  GemPlus/Gemalto   |  HID  |  Identive (formerly SCM Microsystems)  | IOGear  |  Litronic  |  Manhattan  |  NetSign  |  Omnikey  |   Schlumberger  |  new imageSIIG  |  Stanley Global  |  Unotron  |  Zvetco  |  Un-Supported (OLD) readers

 

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.

 

 

Identive (formerly SCM Microsystems) SCR Readers

Picture of SCR3310 USB CAC reader

 SCR-3310 v2 CAC reader driver

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 10.10] (Alternate fix needed for some Mac's) Mac driver (most likely NOT needed) NOT Tiger (10.4.11)

Note:  This model used to be sold at MCX / NEX / PX & BX and works with all versions of Windows

Amazon logo Buy CAC Readers 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

 

  

 

Picture of SCR-331 USB CAC Reader

SCR-331 CAC reader use driver located here sometimes you will need this driver, or this driver(works best with XP)

Mac Friendly [10.4 - 10.10]

If this reader does not initially work on your Windows 7, Vista or Mac computer you may want to update the firmware

NOTE:  Some Mac users are having problems with this old reader.  If you are going to purchase a CAC reader, and have a Mac, we recommend the SCR-3310 v2 (above), or SCR-3500 (below).

Amazon logoBuy CAC Readers 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
 

 

SCR-3500 Smart fold mini USB Smart Card Reader

Mac Friendly [10.4 - 10.10]

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

 

 

SCR-3311 image

 

SCR-3311 Heavy base USB Smart Card (CAC) Reader driver

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 10.10] (NOT Tiger (10.4 or 10.10 when using Centrify))

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

 

 

sdi010 CAC reader image

SDI010 / SDI011 Contactless Smart Card Reader driver

NOTE:  I was not able to figure out how to make the contactless part work, just the regular CAC slot

Mac friendly after this update for Leopard and Snow Leopard (NOT Tiger(10.4.11), or Lion (10.7 and above)

  Google Products logo  SCB logo

 

 

SCR-335 Reader image 

SCR-335 USB Smart Card Reader Driver

I do not have one to test

  Google Products logo

 

 

identive cloud 2700 reader  image 

Identive Cloud 2700 R Contact Smart Card Reader

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly with this update

Did NOT work with Windows 8, DID work with Windows 7

Amazon logo eCost logo identive logo small MacMall logo SmartCardFocus Logo

f 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

 

 

SCR-301 CAC Reader

NOT Mac compatible

Look below

 

 

IOGear Readers

IOGEAR model GSR202 USB Smart Card Reader  Driver  (GSR201Driver)

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 10.10] (NOT Tiger (10.4))

If your Mac is having problems with this reader, you will need to update it using a Windows computer (or Bootcamped) Mac.

Note:  This model is sold at the AAFES PX & BX

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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

 

NOTE: "Some" Windows 7 (64 bit) users are having problems with this reader not staying in device manager when the computer is restarted.  Install the driver direct from IOGear and restart computer to remedy this situation.  (This has worked for some people).  Others are still having problems.  You can update the driver manually following this guidance.  The only other cure for it not working is to return it and consider a different reader on this page. 

 

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GSR203 image

IOGear model GSR203

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 10.10] (NOT Tiger (10.4))

If your Mac is having problems with this reader, you will need to update it using a Windows computer (or Bootcamped) Mac.

Note:  This model is sold at the AAFES PX & BX

Amazon logo..AAFES 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.

 

GSR202V image

IOGear model GSR202V

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 10.10] (NOT Tiger (10.4))

If your Mac is having problems with this reader, you will need to update it using a Windows computer (or Bootcamped) Mac.

Note:  This model is sold at the AAFES PX & BX

Amazon logoAAFES 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

NOTE: "Some" Windows 7 (64 bit) users are having problems with this reader not staying in device manager when the computer is restarted.  Install the driver direct from IOGear and restart computer to remedy this situation.  (This has worked for some people).  Others are still having problems.  You can update the driver manually following this guidance.  The only other cure for it not working is to return it and consider a different reader on this page. 

 

 

Stanley Global Readers

 

SGT-111 USB CAC Reader

Stanley Global Model SGT111 USB Smart Card Reader 32bitDriver  64bitDriver

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4)

More information regarding this CAC Reader

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

 

 

image of SGT114 USB CAC Reader

Stanley Global Model SGT114 Smart Card Reader  32bitDriver  64bitDriver

Mac [10.5 - 10.7] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4

Mac [10.8 - 10.10] friendly with this update

More information regarding this CAC & multi memory SIM Card Reader

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

 

 

image of SGT117 USB CAC Reader

 Stanley Global Model SGT117 USB Smart Card Reader  Driver

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4)

More information regarding this CAC Reader

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

 

 

image of SGT118 USB CAC Reader

Stanley Global Model SGT118 USB Smart Card Reader  Driver

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4)

More information regarding this USB CAC Reader (NOT Bluetooth)

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

 

 

image of SGT119 USB CAC Reader

Stanley Global Model SGT119 USB Smart Card Reader   Driver

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4)

More information regarding this USB CAC Reader (NOT Bluetooth)

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

 

 

image of SGT121 USB CAC Reader

Stanley Global Model SGT121 USB Smart Card Reader, Multi-Memory, SDXC, SIM Reader with 3-Port USB Hub  Driver

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4)

More information regarding this CAC Reader

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

 

 

SGT-122 CAC reader image

Stanley Global Model SGT122 USB Smart Card Reader 81-In-One Multi-Memory and Phone SIM Card Reader / Writer / Editor

Mac [10.5 - 10.8] friendly with this update (NOT Tiger 10.4)

Mac [10.8 - 10.10] friendly with this update

This reader has 4 possible fixes to work with Windows 7: 

1. Follow guidance in this PDF 

2. Download patch from Microsoft

3.  Download Realtek driver 

4.  Download alternate Realtek driver

More information regarding this CAC Reader

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

 

 

Belkin Reader

Belkin F1DN005U USB Smart Card Reader image

Belkin F1DN005U USB Smart Card Reader  PDF

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 10.10] (NOT Tiger (10.4))

This reader will show up as an SCR-3310v2 in device manager

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

 

 

HID / Omnikey / ActivIdentity Readers

 

Picture of Omnikey CAC reader

Omnikey 3021 USB Smart Card CAC Reader

Mac friendly after this update download the "OMNIKIEY 5X2X, 3X21 PCSC FOR MAC OS X"

Amazon logo  Google Products logo SCB 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

 

 

Omnikey 3121 CAC reader 

Omnikey 3121 USB Smart Card CAC Reader

Mac friendly after this update download the "Omnikey 3x21 PC/SC CCID Driver for Mac OS X"

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

 

 

HID Omnikey 5321 image

HID OMNIKEY Cardman 5321 USB CAC Reader driver

Mac friendly after this update download the "Omnikey 5x2x PC/SC Driver for Mac OS X"

Amazon logo  Envoy Data logo    Google Products logo SCB 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

 

Please know:  HID has abandoned support of ActivIdentity Readers

 

 

Advanced Card Systems Readers

 

ACR3801 image

 

ACR3801 USB Smart Card Reader

Mac [10.5 - 10.9] friendly after this update (NOT Yosemite 10.10)

Amazon logo  SCB logo  TX Systems 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

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ACR-38 USB Smart Card Reader

 

ACR38 USB Smart Card Reader

Mac [10.5 - 10.9] friendly after this update (NOT Yosemite 10.10

 SCB logo  

 

 

ACR38 Pocket Mate Smart Card reader image

ACR38U-TFC Pocket Mate Smart Card Reader

Information from manufacturer (including drivers)

Mac [10.5 - 10.9] friendly (except when using Firefox) (NOT Yosemite 10.10

SCB-logo  TXSystems logo

 

 

GemPlus Reader

 

Image of GemPlus USB-SW CAC Reader

GemPlus USB-SW Smart Card Reader   32bitDriver   64bitDriver

Mac 10.4 Friendly with driver update (10.5 -10.9 have native support built in). 

A Soldier could not get it to work, so, he purchased an SCR-331

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

 

 

GemPC Twin USB Smart Card Reader drivers

Mac Friendly [10.3 - 10.9] update "may" be needed (only for 10.3-10.4)

  Amazon 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 Reader

 

Cherry ST-1044 CAC reader image

Cherry ST-1044 USB Smart Card CAC reader driver (Windows) Instructions

Mac 10.7 - 10.9 have native support built in (10.5 & 10.6 need this update)

  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

 

 

Manhattan Reader

 

Manhattan CAC reader

Manhattan 172844 USB CAC reader driver (XP, Vista 32, Vista 64, Windows 7) Instructions

NOT Mac friendly

 Google Products logo

 

 

Unotron Reader

 

Unotron SAC2 CAC reader

 

Unotron SpillSeal SAC2 - Washable Smart Card Reader (drivers)

I do not have one to test

Manufacturer website shows NO Mac compatibility

Google Products logo

 

 

Zvetco Reader

 

Zvetco C500 CAC reader

 

Zvetco Verifi C500 All Metal SmartCard Reader

Mac Friendly [10.6 - 10.10]

This reader will show up as an SCR-3310v2 in device manager

Amazon logo  Zvetco 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

 

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+iD Reader

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+ID reader image 

+iD The World's Smallest ID Card Reader

Mac [10.5 - 10.10] friendly after this update

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+id logo

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CP Technologies Reader

 

ClearLinks CL-UC-200 image

ClearLinks CL-UC-200 Smart Card Reader

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NOTE: You can purchase this reader from a lot of different vendors, but the manufacturer doesn't even list this reader on their suite to offer support.  Use at own risk

NOT Mac friendly

 

Amazon logo Google Products logo MicroCenter logo  Office Depot 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

 

 

new imageSIIG Reader

SIIG JU-CR0012-S1 Reader image 

new imageSIIG JU-CR0012-S1 USB 2.0 Smart Card Reader

Mac [10.6 - 10.10] friendly with this update

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Amazon logoBest Buy logo Google Products logoNew Egg logo SIIG logo Tiger Direct logo Wal-Mart 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

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"Antique" Readers

The manufacturers have abandoned support for these readers. 

Use at your own risk!!

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The CAC readers below "might" work with Windows XP but NOT Windows 8, 7, Vista, or Mac.  This is partly because they will not read the PIV II CACs (Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144 & Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual) and they [the manufacturers] haven't invested in any firmware updates.

The simplest solution is for you is to invest in a more modern CAC reader above this section

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ActivIdentity Readers

ActivIdentity V3 Reader

 

ActivCard / ActivIdentity V3 Smart Card reader

Mac friendly although The manufacturer does not show any support for this reader on Macs

 

 

ActivCard / ActivIdentity V2 CAC reader 

ActivCard V2 Smart Card reader driver

NOT Mac friendly (2 different Navy personnel have tweaked the firmware update for an SCR-331 and found an old XP computer to update the firmware from).  They have never sent me a "How - To."  I recommend you find a different reader on this page that is compatible with your OS.

 

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Cherry

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Cherry ST-1000U USB Smart Card Reader

NOT Mac friendly

 

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DataKey

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DataKey DKR830

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DataKey DKR830 Smart Card Reader

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Gemalto

 

GemPC 430 driver support for Windows XP and older

NOT Mac friendly (according to manufacturer website)

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Litronic / Netsign

NetSign215 USB CAC Reader

Litronic / Netsign 215 USB CAC reader driver (alternate driver)

NOT Mac friendly (according to manufacturer's website)

 

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Schlumberger

 

The Schlumberger CAC reader below is here only for driver support.  I do not recommend you purchase this CAC reader unless you are not planning on using a computer newer than Windows XP.  This means it won't work on Vista Windows 7, or 8 as it is an old reader with NO support from the vendor.

Picture of Schlumberger Reflex v2 CAC Reader

Schlumberger ReflexV2  Driver (installation instructions on CAC drivers page)

Alternate installation file (installation instructions are in the .html file inside the zipped file)

NOT Mac friendly

 

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Identive (formerly SCM Microsystems)

 

SCR-301 USB CAC reader (driver)

According to the Identive's website driver download page, it will not work on anything newer than XP

NOT Mac friendly

 

 

SCR-111 Serial CAC reader

According to the Identive's driver download page, it will not work on anything newer than XP

Also, due to the fact that most computers do not have serial ports or use PS2 keyboards anymore, this reader is useless for modern computers.  The manufacturer has not provided any updates to be able to use with the PIV II CACs or use with Windows Vista, 7, or 8. 

NOT Mac friendly 

 

 

SCB Solutions sells CAC readers and has a full time person to provide support to their customers

 

If you live in the UK, you can purchase CAC readers from SmartCardFocus

 

Alternate driver download locations:

 

Envoy Data

 

Identive (formerly SCM Microsystems)

 

HID Global

 

 

 

 

OTHER TYPES OF READERS TO CONSIDER

 

Desktop computer reader

Desktop computer CAC reader image

 

USB keyboards with built-in CAC reader

CAC enabled keyboard image

 

Laptop CAC reader (PCMCIA, ExpressCard, USB)

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