This instructable will show you how to connect a Magtek magnetic card reader to an AVR or Arduino/clone and read data from the first track of card. Buckle your seats; magnetic card readers have a high bit rate!
Step 1: The Equipment List
- Magnetic card reader (Mine is a Magetk 90mm dual-head reader. $5.00)
- AVR, Arduino, or clone (ATmega328p ~ $4.30 from Mouser.com
- solderless breadboard
- some wire
- maybe a header if you like that sorta thing.
- something to read your serial port. I use AVR Terminal from BattleDroids.net