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STEP 1c & 2c:  USB type C EXTERNAL CAC READERS

Installation Steps

Step 1: Obtain a CAC Reader
Step 2: CAC Reader driver
Step 3: DoD Certificates
Step 4: ActivClient
Step 4a: Update ActivClient
Step 5: IE adjustments
Log into a CAC enabled webpage now to test
 
 

 

 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

 

 

 This page shows the 10 different USB type C CAC readers I have been able to find.

 

Due to Amazon terminating my affiliate account, I have chosen to NOT link to Amazon on this website.

 

CAC Reader Manufacturers (listed alphabetically):

 

 ACS  |  Identiv / AvidCard  |  IOGear  |  SAICOO  | Stanley Global 

USB C - USB A Hub

 

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.

 

 

Consider a USB-C hub that will allow you to run your regular USB devices including CAC readers and an external mouse

USB-C hub

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USB C Hub 5 in 1 aluminum adaptor

 

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You can also purchase some small adaptors like these

USB C Male to USB 3.0 Female Adapter

 

 


 

 

Identiv Readers

 

Picture of SCR3310 USB CAC reader

Identiv SCR3310v2.0 USB Smart Card Reader (USB type C)

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 11.x] Mac driver

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SCR-3500C Smartfold CAC reader 

 

Identiv SCR3500C USB Smartfold Card Reader (USB type C)

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 11.x] Mac driver

NOTE:  Please look at the image above to know which way your CAC goes into this reader.  It is very easy to have inserted your card upside down.

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AvidCard CAC_C USB Smart Card Reader (USB type C)

Mac Friendly [10.5 - 11.x (NOT M1), Intel ONLY] Mac driver needed for Intel version (You may need to hold the 'control' key when clicking the mouse, then select 'open' you'll need to also restart your computer)

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IOGear Reader

 

IOGear USB-C CAC Reader

IOGEAR GSR205 USB-C Smart Card Reader

Mac Friendly [10.14 - 10.15] Other versions have not been tested

 

 

 

Stanley Global Readers

 

SGT111-8c USB Type C reader

Stanley Global Model SGT111-8 USB-C Smart Card Reader

Mac Friendly [unknown] none of my Macs have USB type C

 

 

 

 

 

SGT118X-6C USB-C CAC Reader 

Stanley Global Model SGT118X-6c USB-C Smart Card Reader

Mac Friendly [unknown] none of my Macs have USB type C

 

 

 

 

 

SGT119XM USB-C CAC Reader

Stanley Global Model SGT119XM USB-C Smart Card Reader

Mac Friendly [unknown] none of my Macs have USB type C

 

 

 

 

Advanced Card Systems Readers

ACR-39U-NF USB type C CAC Reader

ACR39U-NF Pocket Mate II Smart Card Reader

Information from manufacturer (including drivers)

Mac friendly after this update (except when using Firefox)

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ACR39U-UF Smart Card Reader - TYPE C Connector Smart Card Reader

Mac friendly after this update

 

 

 

SAICOO Reader

Saicoo USB C Reader 

SAICOO USB-C Common Access Card (CAC) Smart Card Reader

Information from manufacturer (including drivers)

 

 

 

OTHER TYPES OF READERS TO CONSIDER

External USB type A CAC reader

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Desktop computer reader

Desktop computer CAC reader image

 

USB keyboards with built-in CAC reader

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Laptop CAC reader (PCMCIA, ExpressCard, USB)

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