Recommendation for a desktop contactless reader/writer


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August 28, 2018 02:52

Brian H.

Could you provide a couple of recommendations for a USB contactless reader/writer? Perhaps even the ones you are using in-house?

Preferably, I’m looking for something that is:

  • easily available (Amazon, etc)
  • has driver support for both Windows and Linux
  • is comfortable for prolonged contact with a card or chip.

I searched the developer documentation and tutorials, but didn’t find any information other than, “You need a contactless card reader”. Not really sure where to start or how to know if a reader/writer I find will work with Fidesmo and JavaCard.



August 28, 2018 08:34


Hi Brian,

Thanks for writing!

Here at Fidesmo we use a mixed environment of Linux, Mac OS and Windows, so having good multi-OS driver support is very important for us too.
Currently the contactless card readers we steal from each other are made by Feitian, model 502-CL (
For contact readers almost anything goes, I personally use a reader that the Spanish Government was giving away when they introduced the smartcard-national ID card.

For some special applications (the NXP Mifare development utility is a good example) we had to purchase dedicated readers, but they are quite expensive and only advisable if you really need to use the application.

The reason for not endorsing a reader or two in our public documentation is that we don’t do extensive testing, so our recommendation would likely miss really good readers. We can just say what works for us…

Best regards,


August 28, 2018 12:32


We’ve published a mini-howto about choosing a USB reader:

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