The 8 Best Proximity Card Readers

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Regardless of the nature of your business, it's always a good idea to keep important documents and information secure. Instead of giving each employee a set of keys to carry around, one of these machines will allow you to use company badges to permit access. Some units are also capable of creating temporary ID tags or processing payments without swiping customers' credit cards. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. HID multiCLASS SE RP40

2. Visionis VIS-3024

3. HID ProxPoint Plus Mini

Editor's Notes

February 03, 2021:

There's still one company with a clear advantage over others in both low- and high-frequency card readers. The HID multiCLASS SE RP40 is their most versatile offering, while the HID Signo 20K is similarly high-performing, and has a physical keypad. The HID ProxPoint Plus Mini is compact, reliable, and well-engineered, and is one of their more affordable units. Alternatively, the Uhppote Metal or highly affordable RFID Security RS-101 are quality RFID access points that are far less expensive than the big name brands.

November 29, 2018:

Because there aren't a lot of companies in this sector, you'll find the items on this list are vastly different from one another both in price and functionality. For business purposes, HID has the market cornered, but you'll need an existing system to get it set up. Smaller options are much less expensive, but may be less secure. Integrating a contactless payment system coupled with an ID system so that users are assigned temporary mobile IDs is possible, but consumer options aren't widespread yet, so it's probably better to have a different machine for each use.

4. Uhppote Metal

5. HID Signo 20K

6. RFID Security RS-101

7. HID MiniProx

8. ProxPro Keypad

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