OSCam: Cheapest smart card reader

While I was searching for cheapest oscam compatible card reader on e-bay, I found this SIM card reader:

sim-reader e-bay link

With a price under $3 it is able to read/write SIM cards so I bought one to test if I can use it also for standard decrypt cards reading.

When it came, I disassembled it and checked what’s inside. It contains one unidentified chip with 12Mhz crystal (USB to serial converter) and 74HC04 with 3,579Mhz crystal (oscillator used as card clock)

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3,579Mhz oscillator fits my decrypt card so I soldered smart card socket (bought from ebay) and put my card in. If your card requires other frequency, you should be able to change it just by soldering correct crystal.

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This design reminded me smartmouse/phoenix design so I gave it a try and after some fiddling, I found out correct oscam settings:

[reader]
label                         = usb-mouse
description                   = mouse
protocol                      = mouse
device                        = /dev/ttyUSB0
detect                        = none

It’s basically default mouse setting with detect set to none because this reader is not equipped with card detection mechanism.

I have not tested stability yet but according to very simple design it should work quite reliably. Will post later if some problems will occur. Enjoy!

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