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ID TECH IDT3840 Series Magnetic Stripe Readers and Writers

Fully-Featured Unit for Reading, Writing, and Verifying Magnetic Stripes

ID Technologies IDT3840 Magnetic Stripe Readers/WritersWrites to magnetic stripes.
ID TECH’s IDT3840 Reader-Writer has two magnetic heads to enable it to write and verify data with a single pass. It is capable of encoding any of three tracks at either 75 or 210 BPI density.

Reads magnetic stripes.
The Reader-Writer reads and decodes up to three tracks of information with a single swipe. A long stainless-steel card guide ensures better card registration and minimizes alignment problems. Magnetic stripe data is output to a standard RS-232 serial interface.

Verifies magnetic stripe data.
The Reader-Writer verifies the written magnetic stripe data in ISO/ANSI or user-defined formats. Verification status is signaled by a series of three LED indicators.

Configures with Windows-based operating software.
Compatible with ISO/ANSI, AAMVA, and California DMV formats, the Reader-Writer can be programmed using menu-driven operating software. User-programmable features include component tests, read and write functions that display the data, and card comparison routines. Configuration settings can also be user-defined.

Operating Voltage: 9VDC +/- 10%.
Read Power Consumption: 140 mA typical, 180 mA maximum.
Write Power Consumption: Single Track: 200 mA typical, 250 mA maximum.
Dual Track: 280 mA typical, 330 mA maximum.
Triple Track: 360 mA typical, 430 mA maximum.
Memory Capacity: 7 bit x 79 characters maximum.
5 bit x 107 characters maximum.
Optional support of 7 inch maximum at 75 or 210 BPI.
Encoding/Decoding Density: 75 or 210 BPI.
Communication: RS-232C, 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity.
Operating Temperature: 41 F to 131 F (5 C to 55 C).
Storage Temperature: -22 F to 149 F (-30 C to 65 C).
Humidity: Maximum 90% non-condensing.
Read Head Life: 500,000 passes minimum.*
Write Head: 500,000 passes minimum.*
Magnetic Read Rate: Less than one error in 100,000 bits on cards conforming to ISO7811-5 (not induced by operator error).
Warranty: One year, parts and labor.
Card Formats: ISO/ANSI, AAMVA, and CA DMV.
Available Configurations: Tracks 1 and 2.
Tracks 1, 2, and 3.
Swipe Speed (Reading): 5 to 50 inches per second.
Swipe Speed (Writing): 10 to 35 inches per second.
Media Thickness: .01 to .055 inches.
Slot Width: Maximum card thickness—.055 (1.37 mm)
Dimensions: Length: 7.9 inches (200 mm).
Width: 2.3 inches (59 mm).
Height: 2.2 inches (56 mm).
User-Programmable Features
Reset IDT 3840 Resets the unit to default values.
RS-232 port test Tests serial port communications.
RAM test Tests the internal memory.
LED test Tests the LED indicators.
Sensor test Tests the card sensor.
Read card Reads a card once and displays the data.
Write card Writes to a card once and verifies the data.
Continue read card Reads card(s) multiple times and displays the data.
Continue write card Writes to card(s) multiple times and displays the data.
Copy card Copies data from one card to another.
Compare card Compares two or more cards to determine if they are identical.
Write card from file Writes cards from a set-up file.
Read raw data Reads raw data and displays it raw or decoded.
Write raw data Writes data to the card without encoding it.
Erase card Erases data on one card for specified tracks only.
Sequential write Writes incrementing data to a series of cards on a specified track
Set-up Menu Options
Select com port Selects serial communication port (Com 1 or Com 2).
Check device model Displays the model number and card type.
Select parity Selects parity for each track (odd, even, or none).
Select card type Selects card standards (ISO, CA DMV, AAMVA, or user-defined).
Set leading zeros Change the number of leading zeros for 210 BPI and 75 BPI.
Set BPI for Track 2 Sets bits per inch for Track 2 (75 or 210).
Set bits per character Sets bits per character for each track.
Check firmware Displays the current firmware version.

* All reliability numbers are based on operation in a laboratory environment.


Part No. Product Description
IDT3840-12 MSR/Writer Tracks 1 & 2, Encode & Verify In One Swipe, RS232 Interface, 6' Cable w/ DB9F Connector, User Manual, Programming Manual, Utility Disk Power Adapter
IDT3840-33 MSR/Writer 3 Tracks, Encode & Verify In One Swipe, RS232 Interface, 6' Cable w/ DB9F Connector, User Manual, Programming Manual, Utility Disk Power Adapter
IDT3840-12HL H/L Coercivity Reader/Writer Tracks 1 & 2, RS232 Interface w/ DB9F Connector, User Manual, Programming Manual, Utility Disk Power Supply
IDT3840-33HL H/L Coercivity Reader/Writer, Tracks 1, 2 & 3, RS232 Interface w/ DB9F Connector, User Manual, Programming Manual, Utility Disk Power Supply


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