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Identify a card type

  1. Connect the reader to your computer.

    I have an Ethernet reader.

    To work with BALTECH tools, an Ethernet reader must be unconfigured, or required permissions must be granted in PKI Authentication and Encryption settings.

  2. Open BALTECH ID-engine Explorer.
    If you haven't installed it yet, you can download it here as part of BALTECH ToolSuite.

  3. At the top left, click Analyze Sample Card.

    Screenshot: Button "Analyze Sample Card" in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer

  4. Place the card you want to identify on the reader.
    The card will be displayed including its card type.

    Screenshot: Preview of an example 13.56 MHz card in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer

Some cards have subtypes

Some card types such as EMarine, HID Prox, or HITAG have subtypes. These are also shown in BALTECH ID-engine Explorer.
Example: HITAG has the subtypes "1/S" and "2".
Write down the subtype as well because you'll need it to configure the reader's RFID interface.