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2: To use your CAC on your Mac, visit the MAC Notes page, decide which program you want to use based on your version of OS X and your specific CAC type.
3: Army users, when installing ApproveIt 6.5, you may receive "No host application was found on this computer. Please install the host application before installing ApproveIt Desktop" follow solution here
4: If you have the "Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144", "GemaltoDLGX4-A 144" CACs, and sometimes the "Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual" CAC, are using Windows 7 or 8, you "may" be able to use your CAC without installing ActivClient.
6. Mac users who have purchased the IO Gear GSR-202, GSR-202V, or GSR-203 CAC readers may have problems. We've worked with Thursby Software and IOGear to find an update [which is actually a downgrade] for the firmware on the reader. Please follow guidance here to update / downgrade your CAC reader.
7. Windows 7 (64 bit) users who have the IO Gear GSR-202 CAC reader [and are having problems with the reader not staying in device manager after the computer is restarted] should Install the driver from IOGear then restart the computer to fix the problem. This has worked for some people, others are still having the problem. To update the driver manually, follow this guidance. The only other solution for it not working is to return it and purchase a different reader.
8. Windows 8 is here. Installing ActivClient may make your CAC NOT work. You "may" be able to use the Windows 8 built in Smart Card utility if you have Windows 8 Professional. NOTE: Most people who have the Windows 8 BASIC edition [shows only as Windows 8] are unable to get it to work (except for Navy personnel). If it doesn't work for you, I know of four solutions: 1. Upgrade to Windows 8 Professional; 2. Install ActivClient 7.0.1 ARMY users can download 7.0.1 (32bit)(64bit) from AKO. All other branches [and anyone wanting 7.0.2] can purchase it from: SCB Solutions. 3. Purchase and install CSSi for Windows (currently only available from SCB Solutions), OR 4. Download Smart Card Manager 1.0.1-6-1 Installer for Windows. [Alternate download link].
9. All Army Knowledge Online (AKO) users who have a CAC will be / have been migrated to DISA's Enterprise Email and will no longer be able to access their AKO email with their username and password. This new email system requires 100% CAC use at: https://web.mail.mil. Please look at this page for information you will need prior, during, and after this transition.
The Army, Air Force, and DISA have joined forces to allow its personnel the opportunity to purchase Office 2013 for $9.95 through the Microsoft Home Use Program. This is Office 2013 Professional and includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, and Lync.
iPhone and iPad users can use their CAC and access CAC enabled websites using Thursby's PKard for iOS and one of several CAC readers.
The intent of this website is to assist you with the installation of software so you can use your CAC on your Windows Personal Computer. Mac users are helped too
I have devised 6 different methods for you to utilize to install the software.
1. Click the Software & Install Button (second button from the left) in the row of buttons at the top of every page in the site. Once you click the Software & Install Button, follow the buttons from left to right.
2. Use the Site Map link at the top of every page (left of the MilitaryCAC logo)
3. Use the Installation Steps above
4. Use the "One-Stop Shop" notes page.
6. Watch videos showing and explaining how to install the software
If you would like to utilize your CAC to only logon to AKO or other CAC enabled sites (and not sign forms), consider using LPS (Lightweight Portable Security) and not install any CAC software on your computer.
Please utilize the contact page to ask Questions, offer Comments, Ideas, and / or Suggestions.
This website was developed and is personally maintained by Michael J. Danberry
I created this website because I was unable to find information showing me how to utilize my Common Access Card (CAC) on my Personal Computers. MilitaryCAC has been online since 9 November 2007 and has now grown to 114 individual pages of CAC related information and support.
I am the content provider for the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) CAC Reference Center. I am not employed by AKO, I assist by answering emails addressed to AKO dot CAC at US dot Army dot mil and maintain the pages related to CAC.
Watch my presentation from the AKO - Community Page Administrator Workshop (CPAW)
Army Times article about MilitaryCAC.com
This website is designed to primarily assist Army users using Microsoft Windows.
Luckily for you, and due to the similarities in the software, we are able to provide support for other Government agencies and Operating Systems as well. Simply click the respective links below:
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If you have questions or suggestions for this site, contact Michael J. Danberry
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