NFC hardware recommendation? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are prototyping an app that uses NFC, on a PC that does not have NFC built-in. So we purchased a USB NFC reader: 


    However, it doesn't seem to have Windows 8 drivers. It does install a smart card in the device manager when we tap it with an NFC card, but the NFC code sample doesn't work for finding peers and things.

    Is there a recommended USB NFC gadget that we should get?
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:37 AM

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  • The Windows 8 NFC hardware is particularly tricky in that it forms part of the broader proximity stack. Currently most peripheral USB readers that support NFC are not compatible with Windows 8 proximity as they use older drivers which utilise the Smart Card Framework APIs which are not supported in WinRT. Currently NXP are the only manufacture to produce compatible NFC hardware, all of which are found as integrated solutions into PCs and tablets, with no support for peripheral devices.

    The one exception to this is an NXP Windows developer kit, which was previously available from their website prior to Windows 8 RTM - but I haven't seen it since.

    Short of writing a custom driver for the device, there is no way forward I'm afraid.

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    Monday, December 17, 2012 5:31 AM
  • Hi Joshua,

    You can use the Sony RC-S380 NFC device. With the driver from Sony it is recognized as Proximity Device by Windows 8. I have posted a small example: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/NFC-Editor-529ccda6



    Sunday, March 24, 2013 9:25 PM
  • hi Josh

       did you find the driver for yur device?


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    Monday, June 10, 2013 5:01 PM
  • To emulate NFC you can also use a sample driver : I wrote an article explaining how to install it :


    Hope it helps.


    Stéphanie H. Relations Techniques Développeurs - Microsoft

    Friday, November 22, 2013 12:42 PM