How to Program HID Proximity Cards

by ID Card Group 3. January 2011 08:40

Proximity cards, also known as Prox cards or access control cards, are contactless ID cards or keyfobs containing programming that is “read” by a card reader to control and secure physical access.

Inside each card or keyfob is a chip containing specific numerical programming and a coiled antenna, which increases the range at which the card can be read.  Prox cards have no internal power source, so there are never any batteries to replace.

HID prox cards and HID iClass contactless credentials are the gold standard in proximity technology. But, with a multitude of standard to customizable options, HID prox cards can be complicated to order.

To help you understand your choices and options, we’ll review the information required in the ordering process—including card formatting and appearance options—and  provide an example order for one of the most popular configurations, the HID 1326 Clamshell Prox Card.

You can also review our HID Prox Card Programming Checklist for additional help determining your facility requirements and preferences before ordering. Just remember any configuration is possible, and we are always standing by to walk you through the ordering process.

 

Understanding the Part Numbers

Each HID prox card, also referred to as a Credential, has a standard part number that consists of:

  • A base model number, to indicate the type of Credential (e.g., 1326 Clamshell Card or 1346 Keyfob)
  • Numbers or letters to indicate a Credential’s appearance options (e.g., LGGNV)

Each HID prox card or keyfob’s standard part number also identifies that card’s default options. You can order the card with the default options – or you can customize your card to meet your unique needs. Simply indicate your desired options when you place your order. In general, these options only affect the appearance of the card, not the internal function.

 

Specifying Programming Information

There are three specific pieces of HID Prox Card programming options required on each order:

  1. Format – HID assigns a code to each Prox Card that indicates how the internal programming of your cards will be formatted and is determined by your card reader system requirements. This code can be found on the end label of the box in which the cards are shipped to you.  Look at your existing box if you are unsure about your format, because it is important to know which format is required by your system.  The most common is a 26-bit format indicated by code H10301 (see sample label below) – these are the format types that can be directly ordered online at IDCardGroup.com. Some formats are considered proprietary by HID and can only be ordered offline by contacting us at (877) 868-0012
  2. Sample box label from HID prox card 1326 order

  3. Facility Code – also sometimes called “Site Code”, this is part of the internal programming that is common to all cards on an order. Your organization may or may not have a specific protocol for specifying facility code, either by location (e.g. Code 50 for a New York office and code 80 for Los Angeles) or other variable. Because most systems generally accommodate multiple facility codes – and read both the facility code and card number to validate a card - it is typically not a requirement that the facility code be the same as your existing cards for them to be read correctly.
  4. Starting Card Number – this is the specific internal card number that is uniquely programmed into each card issued by HID.  The cards are programmed with sequential numbering based on the starting number you specify.  It is important that you do not overlap card ranges.  If two cards are identically programmed, your system will not be able to distinguish between them.  It is possible to use the same card range if you are using multiple facility codes (see above), because each card reader uses the combined facility code and card number for access control.

 

Breaking Down the Part Numbers

When ordering, your HID prox card or keyfob will have a combination of the following information. Each prox card may have slightly different options, but the key categories remain the same.

Base Model Number
(1326, 1386, 2020, 2050, 1536, 1586, etc)

Programming/Frequency
L - Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) HID. Programming information is specified at time of order.
C - Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) Casi Rusco Format. (Not commonly ordered) Programming information is specified at time of order.
N - Non-Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz). Programming information NOT required – only for locations with HID Prox programming equipment on site (Not common)

Front Packaging/Graphics
S - HID Standard Artwork - Vinyl with Matte Finish
M - Plain White Vinyl with Matte Finish
G - Plain White PVC with Gloss Finish
A - ProxCard II with Adhesive Front (Only HID 1326 Cards)
B – Black with HID Standard Artwork (Only HID 1391 Prox Patch)
K – Plain Black Finish, (No Artwork) (Only HID 1391 Prox Patch)
G – Plain Gray Finish, (No Artwork) (Only HID 1391 Prox Patch)
C - Custom Artwork - Specify Custom Artwork Number

Back Packaging/Graphics
S - HID Standard Logo
G - Plain White PVC with Gloss Finish
C - Custom Artwork - Specify Custom Artwork Number2

Card Numbering
M - Sequential Matching Internal/External (Printed)
N - No External Card Numbering
S - Sequential Internal/Sequential Non-Matching External (Printed)
R - Random Internal/Non-Matching Sequential External (Printed)
O - Sequential External Only (Printed)
A - Sequential Matching Internal/External (Engraved)
B - Sequential Internal/Sequential Non-Matching External (Engraved)
C - Random Internal/Non-Matching Sequential External (Engraved)

Slot Punch

N - No Slot Punch (Printed location of vertical and horizontal slot punch will remain)
V - Vertical Slot Punch (Printed location of horizontal slot punch will remain)
H - Horizontal Slot Punch (Printed location of vertical slot punch will remain)

Custom Artwork
You can add custom artwork to your HID Prox Cards by contacting one of our ID Experts at (877) 868-0012.

 

Example Final Part Number for HID Prox Card 1326LGGNV 

Example Final Part Number for HID Prox Card 1326LGGNV

For this sample order of an HID Prox Card 1326, the card appearance options (LGGNV) break down as follows:

L = Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) HID. Programming information is specified at time of order.
G = Plain White PVC with Gloss Finish on front
G = Plain White PVC with Gloss Finish on back
N = No External Card Numbering
V= Vertical Slot Punch

 

Other HID 1326 Prox Card Configurations

Examples of other HID 1326 card appearance configurations are:

Final Part Number: 1326LGSMV
L = Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) HID. Programming information is specified at time of order.
G = Plain White PVC with Gloss Finish on front
S = Base with Molded HID Logo
M = Sequential Matching Internal/External (Printed)
V = Vertical Slot Punch

Final Part Number: 1326LGSNV
L = Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) HID. Programming information is specified at time of order.
G = Plain White PVC with Gloss Finish on front
S = Base with Molded HID Logo
N = No External Card Numbering
V = Vertical Slot Punch

Final Part Number: 1326LSSMV
L = Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) HID. Programming information is specified at time of order.
S = ProxCard II Artwork - Vinyl with Matte Finish
S = Base with Molded HID Logo
M = Sequential Matching Internal/External (Printed)
V = Vertical Slot Punch

Final Part Number: 1326LSSNV
L = Programmed, Low Frequency (125 kHz) HID. Programming information is specified at time of order.
S = ProxCard II Artwork - Vinyl with Matte Finish
S = Base with Molded HID Logo
N = No External Card Numbering
V = Vertical Slot Punch

More Helpful How-to Resources

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Questions?

For help choosing and configuring the right HID prox card to fit your needs, contact our expert sales staff at (877) 868-0012 or sales@idcardgroup.com. We’re happy to walk you through your card programming and appearance options.

ID Card Group accepts purchase orders, offers equipment leasing, provides free shipping on orders over $100, and has a price match guarantee.

 

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