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Product Interface Descriptions

Clock & Data (undecoded magstripe)


Clock and Data is the protocol typically used for undecoded magnetic stripe transmission. It consists of a clock signal, data signal, and another signal named Media, which is a card present signal. Our undecoded magnetic stripe readers are available with this interface. "J", M400, and B400 readers are also available with this interface. We call it "Magstripe Emulation", or "ABA". "JX" series are also available with this interface, however the JX readers do not have a Media signal.

Wand Emulation (undecoded barcode)

This is the protocol typically used for undecoded barcode readers. It consists of only 1 data line, which is the barcode signal. The signal normally is a TTL level signal, however readers can be ordered with an open collector output. "J", M400, B400, and "JX" series readers can be ordered with this interface.


This interface is available on most readers. RS232 is the interface needed to connect to most serial ports on a PC. The connection on a pc is normally a 9-pin DB connector. Please note that RS232 is not USB. On most RS232 readers, we supply the reader with a db9 connector which is a direct connect to a serial port on a pc. Power for most of our RS232 readers is supplied by using a AC adaptor. Power can also be provided on one of the pins on the connector if you wish. Note that if you wish to use an ac adaptor, the 8-15vdc power option must be ordered with the reader.

RS422 / RS485

RS422/485 is a serial interface that is used for networking. A 4-wire RS422 interface is available with J, SA, and STA readers, and also on the 8000 and 7000 controllers. When using RS422, multiple readers can be connected on the same line, and each reader is addressed with a specific reader number, allowing you to poll and identify the reader data is coming from.  "JX" series readers are available with a 4-wire RS485 interface, that can operate in a 2-wire mode.

Magstripe Emulation (also ABA)

This interface is the same as an undecoded magnetic stripe reader. The signals are clock, data, and media (card present). Usually, readers with this type of interface are connected to magnetic stripe decoders, wedges, or access control controllers. See "Clock & Data" above for more information. 


This interface allows you to connect a reader or controller directly to an ethernet connection. Devices are addressed by using their IP address. IBC readers and controllers can operate in either a server or client mode (using tcp), or peer-to-peer using UDP.


Wiegand is the most commonly used interface for connection to access control controllers. It is the same interface that wiegand card readers produce. It consists of 2 signals named Data 1 and Data 0. "J", M400, B400, and "JX" readers are available with this interface.

Note that there are a variety of different data formats for wiegand signals. Some are standard and others are not. IBC readers are completely programmable to produce a wiegand output of any format from 16 bits to 64 bits of data. For further information look at the application note concerning IBC readers and wiegand.


This interface connects directly to a phone line, and sends out DTMF (touch tone) signals. "J" readers are available with a DTMF interface. Note that this interface can be used on analog phones only.


A number of IBC readers are available with a modem interface. They connect directly to a phone line. The modem interface is different from the dtmf interface, because the modem interface allows you to dial out, and also receive calls. Readers with a modem interface can be customized to your specifications to meet the needs of specific transactionary (tone code) systems.

PC Wedge

This interface connects directly between your keyboard and the PC. The reader emulates the keystrokes as if you had typed them in on the keyboard. Readers with this interface are available with either an AT style connector (5 pin din) or a ps/2 style connector (small 6 pin din).


USB is a newer serial interface available on most pc's, laptops, and netbooks. USB is similar to RS232 in that it is a bi-directional signal, but the connections to the pc are different, and USB devices typically need a special driver on the pc to operate. "J" and "JX" readers are available with a USB interface. We also provide USB drivers for the PC for connecting IBC readers.


F2F is an interface normally used by undecoded magnetic stripe readers. Some IBC readers can support the F2F output format. F2F output readers can be ordered on a special order basis only.

VT320 Wedge

This is a "keyboard wedge" interface, which connects between a DEC VT320 terminal and the keyboard.