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Connects to a smartcard.

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SmartCard 6.3 Yes Yes Yes No No
MBS( "SmartCard.Connect"; SmartCardContext; Reader; ShareMode; PreferredProtocols )   More


Parameter Description Example value
SmartCardContext The smartcard context reference number. $SmartCardContext
Reader The name of the reader that contains the target card. $reader
ShareMode A flag that indicates whether other applications may form connections to the card.
Can be integer or one of the following texts: Exclusive (1), Shared (2) or Direct (3).
PreferredProtocols A number with bitmask of acceptable protocols for the connection or just the text name of the value for only one protocol.
Pass T0 (1), T1 (2), T15 (8, not on Windows), Any (3), RAW (4).


Returns OK or error.


Connects to a smartcard.
Establishes a connection (using a specific resource manager context) between the calling application and a smart card contained by a specific reader. If no card exists in the specified reader, an error is returned.

On success we have a connection to a smart card.
You can query SmartCard.GetActiveProtocol



MBS( "SmartCard.Connect"; $Context; $Reader; "Shared"; "any" )

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Created 13th June 2016, last changed 3th August 2016

SmartCard.CancelTransaction   -   SmartCard.Control

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