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MS246 Magnetic Stripe Reader

The Unitech MS246 magnetic stripe reader is the easiest way to obtain your card data. A simple swipe and you’ll be capturing up to three tracks of data quickly and accurately. Easy to mount on any flat surface, installing an MSR reader is easier than ever.

Target Markets / Applications

The MS246 magnetic stripe reader is a handy and compact data collection solution easy to integrate into any gym, retail store, restaurant, library, or office.

  • Point of Sale
  • Gym ID
  • Identification Card Scanning
  • Access Control



Easy Functionality
Swipe your way to efficiency. With absolutely no set-up or programming required, the MS246 is a true plug-and-play solution.

The MS246 magnetic stripe reader is compatible with any Windows or Mac computer. Simply plug the device into a USB port and information will appear on the screen as if entered from a keyboard.

The efficient device requires no external power to perform its duties.
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Although the MS246 magnetic stripe reader requires no programming to operate, Unitech software can help you program the device to output the data the way you want it.

It’s simple to customize the way you receive data with the MS246. Cards can be swiped in both directions, with a LED indicator for a successful or unsuccessful scan.
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• Small footprint to fit in tight places
• Reads up to 3 tracks of information
• Bi-directional card swiping
• Superior reading of high jitter, scratched, and worn cards
• Reliable for over 1,000,000 card swipes
• Velcro pads for easy mounting
• USB-KB or USB-HID interface, no external power supply required
• OPOS driver available (Compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP)
• 2-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

  • MS246 MS246, USB (Keyboard Emulation / HID Mode), Black
  • Electrical

  • Magnetic TTL Power +5 VDC +/-10% (50mV ripple maximum).
    Ground 0 VDC (GND). Chassis ground connected to GND and magnetic head case.
    Operating Current 1mA per track maximum when reading a card
    About 70mA for decoded magnetic stripe
  • Environmental

  • Operating Temperature 32°F to 131°F (0°C to 55°C )
    Storage Temperature -22°F to 158°F (-30°C to 70°C )
    Humidity Maximum 95% non-condensing
  • Reliability

  • Magnetic Head Life 1,000,000 passes minimum
    Rail and Cover Life 1,000,000 passes minimum
    Conformance ISO 7811 1-6
    Warranty 2 years, parts and labor
  • Mechanical

  • Magnetic Stripe Formats ISO 7811, AAMVA
    Swipe Speed 5 to 50 inches per second, bi-directional
    Card Thickness .015 to .045 inches
    Slot Width .050 inches (1.37mm)
    Indicators Tri-colored LED, beeper
    Interface USB-KB, USB-HID
    Dimensions Length: 3.94 inches (100mm)
    Width: 1.38 inches (35mm)
    Height: 1.18 inches (30mm)
    Weight 7 oz
    Cable Length 6-foot side exit cable
  • Product Documentation

  • File Description Download
    MS246 Brochure
    MS246 Manual

  • Supporting Software

  • File Description Download
    MS245/246 Configuration Manager
    Software for configuring the MS245/246 magnetic stripe reader.
    MSR Keyboard Base Driver
    Required if you want to use OPOS feature.
    USBKB OPOS Driver
    MSR Keyboard Base Driver needs to be installed first before install this one.

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