The "SmartFold" SCR3500 mini USB reader is a fully ISO7816 compliant contact smart card reader. Due to its compact design the SCR3500 is ideally suited as a mobile reader device that can easily fit in the user's pocket or be attached to a key ring. For CAC use, you will need to purchase CAC software such as Thursby PKard for Mac OS X.
- USB 2.0 full-speed bus
- Powered device
- High-speed performance
- CCID compliant
- Supports ISO 7816 Class A, B, and C smart cards
- Portable, small ergonomic design
Did you notice?The built-in CCID Smart Card Reader Driver included with Mac OS X v10.5.6 and later automatically detects and supports the SCR3500.
Apple Recommends ForReading electronic ID cards, PC/Network secure network log-on, e-Banking and online shopping, loyalty and e-Coupon cards. In addition, Mac OS X v10.5 and later offers out-of-box support for the following Government ID cards: CAC (US), PIV (US), BELPIC (Belgium) and JPKI (Japan).
What's in the Box?
- SCM SCR3500 Smart Card Reader
- Weight: 0.7 oz./19.8 g
- Mac OS X
- USB 2.0
- Windows 98/2000/ME/Server 2003/Vista/XP/7/CE
- USB 2.0
- Linux, Solaris
- USB 2.0
- Mfr. Part Number: 905141
- UPC or EAN No.: 793573825506
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: 12 months
Ratings & Reviews
Best Smart Card Reader
I am in the military and own a Macbook Pro and this little smart card reader is awesome!!! It worked straight out of the box. I di I am in the military and own a Macbook Pro and this little smart card reader is awesome!!! It worked straight out of the box. I didn't even have to install any software. (: …
- Written by Gerardo R from EL CENTRO
320 of 361 people found this useful
Best CAC reader on the market for the Mac!!!
Working with the Army and finally getting this was a great purchase! I would recommend this before any other reader for the Mac.
- Written by Jonathan B from Rockville
235 of 256 people found this useful
This reader works with AKO and DTS. I can't sing its praises enough!
- Written by Janay J from Arlington
207 of 225 people found this useful
I would not recommend this product to those of us with Version 10.10.4. I emailed Thursby about the issue with the reader and they I would not recommend this product to those of us with Version 10.10.4. I emailed Thursby about the issue with the reader and they said "Richard,
We have noticed that the readers provided by Apple, which have a model number of 3500 A, aren't working well with Yosemite. You can confirm this number by opening up the Macs System Information, select USB, and then click on your reader. What's going on is that the Mac's process that is supposed to talk to the reader fails to connect to the reader. If you have an older iOGear reader, then I recommend that you try this reader.
Just as a FYI, PKard for Mac is reader agnostic. As long as the Mac OS can properly communicate with the reader, then PKard should work." …
- Written by Richard H from Tulsa
2 of 2 people found this useful
Works great with PKard software
I've been using this CAC card reader for the past 7 years. It works well especially with PKard software on my 2007 MBP w/ Mountain I've been using this CAC card reader for the past 7 years. It works well especially with PKard software on my 2007 MBP w/ Mountain Lion and with my 2014 MBP Retina w/ Yosemite.
I marked down 1 star because it is very flimsy and cracks easily. I've had to super glue it in the same 2 spots more than once. …
- Written by M. G from Smyrna
1 of 1 people found this useful
Stop Working Completely
It worked great for the first month but then it just randomly stopped reading my CAC. Not sure what the problem is but all I know It worked great for the first month but then it just randomly stopped reading my CAC. Not sure what the problem is but all I know now is that I have to buy a new card reader in order to access my email. I bought it because of its compact size and easy use. But I later found out that for thirty dollars. It was a waste of money. Love the compact size but hate the cheap plastic. …
- Written by Dillon T from Des Moines
4 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
If you have the USB attachment for the iPad 2 the reader will work?
- Asked by Jimmy E from Evansville
- Mar 2, 2012
No, unfortunately it will not work, as there are specific device related drivers and depending on wh No, unfortunately it will not work, as there are specific device related drivers and depending on what you are attempting to access, some software that might have to be installed in order for the reader to work. As such, it is limited to standard desktop operating systems for the time being. …
- Answered by Nathanael H from Indianapolis
- Mar 2, 2012
Is this chip reader EMV level 1 certified? Is a sw library available for this devices that is EMV level 2 certified?
- Asked by Reynaldo C from Hallandale Beach
- May 3, 2014
Will I be able to login to my Mac using this product?
- Asked by Jacopo J from Bergamo
- Apr 13, 2014
Is this usable for Department of Veterans Affairs employees?
- Asked by Merry W from Raleigh
- Aug 12, 2014
Short Answer: Yes.
Detailed Answer: VA uses the PIV based Smart Cards which are supported on OS Short Answer: Yes.
Detailed Answer: VA uses the PIV based Smart Cards which are supported on OS X by multiple vendors. This particular device is simply a hardware reader which is a piece of the whole solution you will need. This reader is nice because of its small form factor. You will still need to have the appropriate middleware installed to support the SmartCard(s) in use on your system. Sounds like you may be the only user on the system and only using a PIV (US Civilian Agencies) Smartcard. You can obtain and install the middleware from multiple vendors as Open source, freeware, purchased and even with Enterprise support. …
- Answered by Shawn G from Fairfax
- Aug 19, 2014
Is there a way to make this work with the iPad Air?
- Asked by Nichole J from Raeford
- Jan 27, 2014