• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Difference in the ID card types

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    I bought the CAC reader and couldn't get it to work with the Oberthur brand ID card. I went this morning and got a new CAC, the GEMAL TO TOPDL GX4 and it works fine. So, there's obviously a difference in the type of CAC that you receive. I like it now that it works.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Mac OS X 10.8.2

    • Written by from Northridge

    Mountain Lion compatible, compact, and works out of the box. I didn't have to install any additional software.

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Pembroke Pines

    I don't know why Apple would sell something that their latest OS does not support. Even after spending the additional $25 to get the driver suite from an outside company, scbsolutions, it still does not work.

    I don't understand what Apple's deal is here. Something like this is obviously very important to the people who use it. I cannot work from my computer.

    37 of 49 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from APO

    I bought this CAC card read before the update was pushed out becasue the Army is forcing soldiers to use the OWA because of funding issues and now it does not work. I would hope the techs at Apple are able to come up with a fix because i Love my Mac Book Pro.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Peoria

    I use this to access a LOT of military websites for work and personal use. In conjunction with the PKard software offered via sites like cac.com or AKO, this reader is probably the best one I've used. I just switched from PC to MAC, and can't get enough of the user friendly apps and hardware like this reader that MAC users are able to get their hands on. This reader will easily fit into any pocket on a standard notebook case. The only warning that I can come up with is that when not in use and folded, the reader is really small so can be lost easily. Otherwise - great purchase!

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fix for Those Experiencing Mountain Lion Errors

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    Hi Apple Community,

    This Smart Card Reader is invaluable to those of us working in the DOD or other Smart Card-required fields. If you've recently updated to OS X Mountain Lion and are looking for a fix to your smart card reader error, simply perform a Google search for "OS X Lion SmartCardServices Installer v2.0b1 (beta)" and download this package from MacOSForge. Install the package and re-access your CAC-required program/website.

    The package does say that it's for OS X Lion, but I've tested it on Mountain Lion and it works as well. You should be back up and sailing in no time!


    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Mountain Lion breaks card reader functionality

    • Written by from Prairieville

    If you have the card reader and upgrade to mountain Lion, be prepared for stop work issues. If you are buying it for the first time, I recommend researching for a solution before you buy this hardware. It worked Awesomely in Lion, but ever since the upgrade, I cannot even get the system to see the card reader.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    CAC Card Reader for iPAD/iPhone

    • Written by from Dunn Loring

    People are eager to use Apple's mobile devices within the military and the US Government however not having a CAC Card reader for them stops their utilization within these communities.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but has one major issue ...

    • Written by from San Diego

    Depending on where you plug it in, it blocks the other USB port and/or mini DVI port. The question is, is it worth buying then losing more ports? What if you need to use 1 usb port with this smart card reader? I'm surprised I'm the first one to say this in all the "stellar" reviews.

    9 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bryan

    im 13 and my school uses id cards to keep track of our books rents, lunch accounts, and how many times we have been late to class and the reader dose help me cheek my account so i don't have to go the the front desk i can do it in class (my school uses labtops for all work even for the students) i can also chang things and the card... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Goldsboro

    I bought this so I could go to the Air Force Portal with my '11 MBP. Possibly one of the best purchases I have made for my MBP. Didn't realize OSX LION didn't support it though. The package had a troubleshooting link to go to. Downloaded one program and BOOM. Works like a CHAMP!! Now, I don't have to go to work to check my emails while on leave, and can now check it while I'm TDY away from an AF computer. AWESOME product!!

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    • Written by from San Angelo

    Very skeptical in purchasing this product. I had a CAC reader that use to work with my Macbook Pro then stopped as soon as I updated the OS.

    I've heard nothing but great reviews and had to try it out myself. FANTASTIC! I followed one of the reviews and purchased Pkard and it works fine. Highly recommend it to anyone who needs to log in to DOD sites from home. Hopefully it'll continue to work once the OS Mountain Lion comes out.

    Other than that, GOOD BUY!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A must have for any military Mac-owner!

    • Written by from Oak Harbor

    I got one of these because I lost my other one.. this one is compact, about the size of a thumb drive, no cables, and works like any other one on the market! When coupled with Pkard, any DoD-function site runs seamlessly in Safari!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bonaire

    Background - I work for the Air Force, and wanted to be able to check my email, and the Portal when TDY. I have a MacBook Pro, and I’m running Lion.

    In my research I found that this card does not “automatically” work, I had to do some downloading of software, and change some settings on my computer. It was somewhat technical, but I got it figured out with the website militaryCAC.com.

    Also – I only got it to work with the Google Chrome web browser.

    Google Chrome, militarycac.com, a lot of patience, and I got it work.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Just Works

    • Written by from Warner Robins

    I have been looking for as CAC reader for a couple of years now and couldn't find any that the local net NAZIs would recommend as they "all had issues" of one form or another, so after reading about this one in the other comments i decided to try it.
    I plugged it into my MBP running Snow Leopard, stuck in my CAC, went to the AFPORTAL and it after selecting my email certificate was in just as though i was at my bench. No weird stuff, no errors, no invalid anything! I even went over and accessed my pay, TAX data, EVALS,,, everything i need to do on a secure server but don't normally have time while at work is now available without having production pressures looming in the background. This little device is invaluable and at $30 an absolute steal... I read one review stating it did have an issue with the older Oberon cards and while i did have one of them previously, my current one is not. That said this is one of those little "toys" that is small enough and cheap enough that i may just get a second one as a backup and keep it in the car because now that i see how well it works i don't think i want to go without it. 3 words "JUST DO IT".

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A MUST BUY!!!!

    • Written by from Spokane Valley

    Plugged in the SCM SCR3500 into my MBP w/ OSX 10.6.8 and logged into my military accounts immediately without any issues!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works right out of the box

    • Written by from staunton

    Worked right out of the box. Works with later editions of Lion to 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. Safari and Opera browsers limits accessing certain government sites - a problem easily circumvented by either adding the required java updates or switching to google Chrome(tm). Apple store has the lowest total price as of 12/11. This is compact enough to lose, and it is not child-proof. Wish it was $10 more and made of some tougher material. It would be 5 star in that case. Highly recommend this if you are operating Lion to Leopard, it works, and is cheaper and faster (shipped in two days to East Coast) then trying various unreliable third party solutions.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous CAC Reader

    • Written by from Gunpowder

    Works like a charm each time I use it. Easy initialization and setup. I totally recommend the purchase and use of this CAC Reader. It is convenient and easy to travel with.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Mac but not for iPad or iPhone

    • Written by from MANSFIELD

    This is a great reader.

    However, if you're looking for an iPad or iPhone CAC/PIV reader, you'll need specialized software and hardware.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product! need to download tokend on lion

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Great product! Had some troubles with it on lion when I first got it. Called SCM and got helped right away. Apparently apple does not include service tokens for smart cards on lion so it was not reading my certs. SCM recommend I go to smartcardservices.macosforge.org to download it. Website includes instructions. It works perfectly after installation.

    20 of 22 people found this useful