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Difference Between a MIFARE Card & a Proximity Card

Proximity card

also known as Prox card, is a “contactless” smart card which can be read without inserting it into a reader device. Held near an electronic reader for a moment they enable the identification of an encoded number. The reader usually produces a beep or other sound to indicate the card has been read. Proximity card led by HID card has been widely used in the office door access and airport access control in the USA.

  • Read & write
  • Short Reading distance: up to 10 cm (3 inches)
  • Frequency: 13.56 MHz
  • Standards: ISO/IEC 14443
  • Application: security, identification, access control, payment system, time and attendance, mass transit system

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Mifare Card

is NXP’s well-known brand. Mifare card has embedded integrated circuits in which the chip communicates with a card reader. Its main function is for storing data, storing values and authentication. Commonplace uses include transit tickets, school cards, passports, and bank cards etc.

  • Read & write
  • Short Reading distance: up to 10 cm (3 inches)
  • Frequency: 13.56 MHz
  • Standards: ISO/IEC 14443
  • Application: security, identification, access control, payment system, time and attendance, mass transit system

Mifare cards have much wider application use and the cost has been reduced significantly, that’s why nowadays people are moving to multi-function Mifare cards.

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Differences between MIFARE and NTAG

Mifare and NTag are both products of NXP. They both complied with ISO/IEC 14443 Type A and operated at the same frequency of 13.56 MHz with a typical read/write distance of 10 cm (4 inches)


Even people in the industry don’t quite understand what should they use in their applications.

NTag, the name, tells you that NTag should be related to the RFID tag applications such as in retail and shipping logistics.

NTag has the following key features related to its application:
1/ Low Cost
2/ A minimal password protection
3/ Anti-teasing to avoid incomplete writing of data due to fast and frequent access.

On the other hand,

Mifare, starting from Plus, Ultralight C, to Desfire, has the following key features related to its main application for a payment transaction.
1/ Higher cost
2/ DES or/and AES encryption technology for higher security
3/ Ultralight C has lower security and lower cost for Automatic Fare Collection
4/ Desfire has higher security for large dollar transaction application.

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Best 4 Affiliate programs from leading Mifare Card suppliers

Affiliate program is normally offered by consumer product suppliers. For an industry product like Mifare cards, it is very rarely that suppliers will offer any affiliate program.

Recently, it is getting very popular for suppliers to market their products through popular consumer portals like Amazon and they get free ride on the portals’ affiliate program.

However, consumer portals have limitation on the flexibility of offering such as add-on services (barcode, UID, name, and ID printing or automated key formatting).  Here are a summary:

1. Amazon:

Affiliate Program: one time commission with affiliate link

Commission: 3% to 7%

Flexibility of order quantity: No ( come in a pack of 100, 500)

Printing: Yes

Other Add-on services: No 

2. AliExpress:

Affiliate Program: one time commission with affiliate link

Commission: 3% to 7%

Flexibility of order quantity: No ( come in a pack of 100, 500)

Printing: yes

Other Add-on services: Yes*

* but pricing and detail needed to discuss with supplier which can take few days to exchange chats or mails.

3. Alibaba:

Affiliate Program: one time commission with affiliate link

Commission: 3% to 5%

Flexibility of order quantity: No ( come in a pack of 100, 500)

Printing: yes

Other Add-on services: Yes* 

* but pricing and detail needed to discuss with supplier which can take few days to exchange chats or mails.

4. BuySmartCard.com:

World 1st Mifare card portal since 2002

Affiliate Program: Affiliate Discount Coupon** , repeat commission

Commission: 5%

Flexibility of order quantity: Yes, from 1 pc to millions

Printing: yes

Other Add-on services: Yes***

** Customer can get 5% on purchase using the coupon and affiliate will earn commission of 5%. It is very likely that customer will use the coupon for discount and the affiliate can enjoy repeat commission.

*** The add-on services can be selected and the add-on pricing will be added to the cart automatically.

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Mifare® Card manufacturer gives affiliates more than just one-time commission!

BuySmartCard.com offers the most creative affiliate program in the industry.

Once you get a new customer purchased from us, you are likely to get all commission from this customer’s future purchase.

How it works?

We don’t use affiliate link to track commission because it is one-time deal only.

Each affiliate will have its affiliate Discount Coupon Code based on its affiliate ID. If your customer applies your Discount Coupon, your customer will receive a discount of 5% and you will get the commission. It is highly likely that your customer will continue to use your Discount Coupon!

Customers normally repeat their orders for many years

Mifare Cards are used in loyalty program, membership program, student or employee ID. Customers normally repeat their orders for many years.

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