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8 Upgrades You Can Add to Your ID Card Printer

8 Upgrades You Can Add to Your ID Card Printer

When investing on ID card printers, it’s vital that you consider your current and future card requirements. For example, while you might only need to print on the front side of the card now, you may need to take advantage of the blank space on the back of the card in the future, which is why having a printer that is field upgradable is very important.

By assessing your present requirements and projecting your future needs, you will be able to make a smarter decision that will bring in significant cost savings in the long run.

Most of the card printers sold by ID Superstore, including popular models from Datacard, Evolis, Fargo, Magicard, NBS, Nisca and Zebra, are modular or field upgradable. That means that you can quickly add features to your card printer as your needs change without having to replace your existing printer. Some of the functionality that you can add by way of upgrades includes:

  • Double-Sided Printing
  • Wireless/WiFi Module
  • Ethernet Module
  • High Capacity Input/Output Card Hopper
  • Magnetic Stripe Encoding
  • RFID Encoding
  • Smart Card Encoding
  • Lamination

Let’s look at these modular upgrades one by one and see how you can benefit from them.

Double-Sided Printing

Also called duplex printing, it’s a feature of card printers that makes printing on the front and back portions of plastic cards possible.

Wireless/WiFi Module

A WiFi module allows your printer to connect to your internal network wirelessly so computers can print and encode cards without being directly connected to it.

Ethernet Module

An Ethernet module allows your printer to connect to your internal network so computers can print and encode cards remotely.

High Capacity Input/Output Card Hopper

High capacity input hoppers allow you to load more blank cards for uninterrupted high volume printing. High capacity output hoppers, on the other hand, securely collects your cards, as they are finished.

Magnetic Stripe Encoding

Magnetic stripe encoding allows you to store variable data like an ID number, an account number or a security code onto the magnetic stripe of a card.

Smart Card Encoding

Cards with embedded smart chips can hold 100 times more data than a typical magnetic stripe card. By adding smart card encoding to your printer, you will be able to expand your card’s functionality easily.

RFID Encoding

Short for radio frequency identification, RFID is a secure identification technology that relies on radio waves for communication between an RFID reader and RFID tags. Unlike barcodes or magnetic stripes, RFID-enabled cards don’t need to be in direct contact or near an RFID reader to be read, making it ideal for big events that require extremely high security.


Lamination allows you to add overlay protection and holographic security features to your cards easily, making them last longer and much harder to copy. Lamination upgrades can either be one-sided or double sided.

By adding any of the 8 upgrades listed above, you will be able to extend the service life of your printer and the functionality of your cards while also keeping your costs relatively low.

Find out how you can take advantage of these printer upgrades today by talking to one of our printer experts at 1-800-667-1772. Calls are toll-free. You can also reach us using this contact form.

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