I have a smart card reader in my new laptop (Dell Latitude E5570) and I wanted to use it for windows login and other authentication processes within Windows 10.

The built-in (It seems to be a module you can buy and install directly on the motherboard, mine came with it already installed) smart card reader shows up like this in Device Manager: "Microsoft Usbccid Smartcard Reader (WUDF)".

The actual question is which specific Smartcard would I need to buy to be compatible with this device?

Naturally I'll just trial and error my way through the actual authentication setup once I have the smart card but first I need some that will work, but if there are any tips anyone has on setting it up once I get the cards i'll take that information as well.

Since most seem to be sold in packs (anywhere from 10 to 100) I would like to know if some of them wouldn't work with my reader.

Also, I noticed the Dell Manual for this laptop claims that the reader is "Contactless". Is that true? I have a slot on the side of the laptop, maybe it can do both? This would also change which smartcards I would buy.

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    Are you sure the slot on the side is the smartcard reader, and not a flash card reader? (you know, sd cards, compact flash, etc) just checking. – LPChip Oct 14 '16 at 17:52
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    It's definitely a Smart Card slot, It's labeled "SC" and is roughly the size of a credit card. Also I have a slot for SD cards on the other side of the laptop. Thanks for checking though, better to check before going too far down the road and realizing I didn't know what a SC reader looked like :P – FailedFace Oct 14 '16 at 20:56
  • Picking up the following card(PIVKey C910 PKI Smart Card) to see if it works: amazon.com/gp/product/B00SJV2CNK/… – FailedFace Oct 26 '16 at 4:17

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