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MSR120 Magnetic Stripe Reader

The MSR120 is a unique mag stripe reader with RS232 emulation with a USB cable, allowing greater compatibility to older back-end systems. Businesses looking for tried and true technology to use with their trusted infrastructure can rely on the efficient and programmable MSR120 mag stripe reader.

Target Markets / Applications

The MSR120 can integrate to many back-end systems in retail stores, restaurants, libraries, and offices.

  • Point of Sale
  • Self-service
  • Identification Card Scanning
  • Access Control



The MSR120—easy to mount on any keyboard, POS system, or flat surface—has a minimum lifespan of 1,000,000 swipes. The expertly crafted MSR120 can withstand the heavy use of customer-facing environments.

Compatible with Windows computers, the MSR120 easily decodes ISO cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, and more. The information will appear on the screen after a swipe in either direction.
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Simple to Use
The MSR120 is a plug-and-play device, with no installation or software required. The MSR120’s streamlined design does not require external power to start decoding your mag stripe cards.

An LED indicator provides visual confirmation of each successful or unsuccessful scan.
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• Compact design
• Reads up to 3 tracks of information
• Bi-directional card swiping
• RS232 emulation on USB interface
• Reliable for over 1,000,000 card swipes
• Velcro pads for easy mounting
• Windows compatible
• Data Editing capabilities
• 1-year warranty

Model Comparison



Interface USB USB USB
Magnetic Stripe Reading 3 Tracks 3 Tracks 3 Tracks
Data Formatting Yes Yes Yes
Host Compatibility Mac / PC Mac / PC PC
Color Black Black Black
Warranty 2 Years 1 Year 1 Year


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  • Model Numbers

  • MSR120B-33UE MSR120, USB (with RS232 Emulation), Black
  • Mechanical

  • Magnetic Stripe Formats ISO 7811, AAMVA, & CA DMV
    Swipe Speed 3 to 55 inches per second, bi-directional
    Card Width 0.010 to 0.050 inches
    Interface Unitech standard decoding with advanced output data editing
    Dimensions Length: 3.94 inches
    Width: 1.38 inches
    Height: 1.18 inches
    Weight Approximately 9 oz. with cable
  • Reliability

  • Electronics MTBF 125,000 POH
    Magnetic Head Life 1,000,000 passes minimum
    Read Rate Less than one error in 100,000 bits on cards conforming to ISO 7811 1-5 (not caused by operator error)
  • Environmental

  • Operating Temperature 32ºF to 131ºF
    Storage Temperature -22ºF to 158ºF
    Humidity Maximum - 95% non-condensing
  • Warranty

  • Main Unit 1 year
  • Product Documentation

  • File Description Download
    MSR120 User Guide
    MSR120 Programming Guide
    MSR120 Brochure

  • Supporting Software

  • File Description Download
    USB Driver
    USB driver for the MSR120.

    Configuration Software
    Software for configuring the MSR120 magnetic stripe reader.

    Com to Keyboard
    Software utility for converting RS232 scanner input into keyboard input.

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