Using a serial RFID reader to Login to windows 7 RRS feed

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  • Hello, this is my first time posting in the TechNet Forums, so I am sorry if this is in the wrong area I picked as best as i could.

    I am using the Parallax serial RFID reader to make it so that I can use it to login to my windows 7 computer.   I already can receive data on a Hyperterminal substitute.   My problem is getting that data to windows 7 in a way that will authenticate me.   I am not worried about causing security holes because it is just a test computer.   


    Dell Optoplex GX260, 1GB ram, 2TB raid 1 harddrive array, Windows 7 Home premium.
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:17 AM


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  • Hi,

    As your wish, I think it can be achieved. I would like to share a useful link with you first: 


    So, to use a smart card to log on your machine, you also need a smart card reader which can read the information stored on a smart card. The important thing is a program which can recongize the information stored in the smart card. You'd better to buy one access control program to control the smart card.

    I hope this can help you.
    Wednesday, February 3, 2010 9:10 AM
  • John, From what I learned from your link and a little research (AKA Google) I think that a smart card is out of the scope of my project. The reason that I say that is because smart card technology seems to require an Active Directory and domain controller as shown by this page http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281245 and that seems overkill for a three computer network. Also the goal of this project is to make an RFID login system with as little cost as possible.
    Dell Optoplex GX260, 1GB ram, 2TB raid 1 harddrive array, Windows 7 Home premium.
    Wednesday, February 3, 2010 9:25 PM
  • As your network just contains three PCs, it doesn't cost your much money to do that. Of course, it's a good idea to log on machine with the smart card, if anyone want to use it, they can refer to the following links:

    The Secure Access Using Smart Cards Planning Guide



    I hope this can help.

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Wednesday, February 10, 2010 9:12 AM
    Tuesday, February 9, 2010 2:10 AM
  • I have been trying to do the same thing. I am having issues getting hyper terminal to output data, but what you are going to want to do once you get it is be able to get the same data through your own C++ program (just make it write it out to the terminal). Then you will want to create a credential provider for windows 7 (some info here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163489.aspx) and install the dll. That should be it. Hope it helps.
    Monday, May 31, 2010 5:11 AM
  • Hi,

    I also want to share with you one of the nicest RFID that I have encountered so far. Have you tried SmartMark RFID Tags? These RFID tags are durable, flexible, abrasion resistant, solvent resistant, and have great read/write performance. You might want to try it out. I just think that this is worth sharing.



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    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:46 AM