magstripe card readers for CenPOS

What magstripe card reader can I use with CenPOS payment processing software? We recommend the Magtek USB with Keyboard Emulation Software Interface.

  1. The SureSwipe Reader with USB interface and Keyboard Emulation mode. The SureSwipe reader captures 3 tracks of data from all ISO and AAMVA encoded magnetic stripe cards. A green/red LED indicator on the reader provides the operator with status of the reader operations.
  2. Mini Swipe Reader (USB)– same features as above unit, but smaller size. P/N 21040108 Black or  P/N 21040107 white, MSRP $85. MOST POPULAR.

Please check part numbers if you order from unknown suppliers to make sure you have the latest unit.

Magtek card readers enable merchants to have more locations to accept swiped credit card transactions where the merchant does not need electronic signature and pin-debit benefits. Two industries that use this solution are automotive and wholesale b2b suppliers.

For the automotive industry, the swipe devices (magstripe card readers) are typically used in F&I areas for after hours transactions, or offices that do not have high volume, but where it’s inconvenient for the customer to go to the signature capture terminal.

Wholesale B2B suppliers may have many salespeople at the counter servicing commercial accounts. These typically do not have much debit and they are regular customers so it’s a perfect solution to improve checkout efficiency especially for the early morning rush. Careful though, we are seeing a huge increase in debit even in B2B, so it’s important to monitor the account transaction types to ensure this is cost effective.

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Reference Standards ISO and AAMVA
Power Input From USB
Recording Method Two-frequency coherent phase (F2F)
Card Speed 3 – 60 i.p.s. (forward or reverse)
Card Types ISO and AAMVA (drivers license)