Upgrades and Addon Features For ID Card Printers
When purchasing ID Card Printers, there are many different optional features that can be added. However, one thing to keep in mind is that some of these ID card printer addons can only be installed by the manufacturer at the time of purchase. There are also some credential printer addons in which can be installed by an AdvantIDge technician, and lastly, some are completely field upgradable. One general rule of thumb that you should always adhere to is to never assume that a feature/addon is able to be installed at a later date. Always question the installation method of an Identification card printer’s features. Out of the box, the only consistent feature that you can assume when purchasing any ID card printer is being able to print on one side of an ID.
Some addon features for ID card printers include:
- Double-sided Printing – Also called duplex printing, this feature makes printing on the front and back portions of plastic ID’s possible.
- High Capacity Input/Output Card Hopper – High capacity input hoppers allow you to load additional blank cards for uninterrupted high volume printing. On the other hand, high capacity output hoppers securely collect and stack your cards once printing cards is finished.
- Magnetic Stripe Encoding – Magnetic stripe encoding allows you to store variable data such as an ID number, an account nu
mber or a security code onto the magnetic stripe of a card.
- Smart Card Encoding (iClass /Proximity) – Cards with embedded smart chips can hold 100x more data than a normal magnetic stripe card. By adding smart card encoding to your printer, you will be able to expand/increase your ID’s functionality.
- USB / Ethernet / Wireless – Allows your printer to connect to your internal network so computers can print and encode cards remotely. A WiFi module allows ID card printers to connect to internal network wirelessly, allowing computers to print and encode cards without being directly connected to it.
- Lamination – Adds an overlay protection, also adds the possibility of holographic security features, making your ID cards last longer while making them harder to duplicate/copy. Lamination upgrades can be one-sided or double sided.
- RFID Encoding – Also known as radio frequency identification, RFID is a secure identification technology which relies on radio waves for communication between an RFID reader and RFID tags. Unlike magnetic stripes or barcodes, RFID-enabled cards don’t need to be in direct contact or near an RFID reader to be read.