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finger print reader that works on a domain

I have screensaver set to come on every two minutes to hide patient information while in exam rooms and want a finger print reader so the Dr. does not have to type in the password each time to get back on.  I want a fingerprint reader that works on a domain?  Any suggestions?  Microsoft's fingerprint reader does not work on a domain.

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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
fyi - the technology in most fingerprint readers, such as the microsoft one, isn't very good.  it can be really frustrating to use it.  you have to get your finger at the exact angle that the original capture was done.  be careful when you make your purchase.  i know there are high-end readers that don't have this issue... but the price is considerably more than the readers like microsofts, and they are used in companies that have high security clearance requirements....
zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
you may be better off with something like a card swipe system to access the computer...  far less frustrating than trying to get your finger in the exact position.
Well most fingerprint readers can work IP based. Very good readers are the SAGEM readers I implemented them for time and attendance but they are very configurable with regards to IP,Subnet and all those type of things and they have battery backup and so forth. They are the market leaders in the area.
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I've actually used the MS reader on a couple of domains.  And, it's not as difficult to use as some seem to think it is, but it's no where near as secure, either.  However, latex/vinyl gloves and or glove powder might make for a few problems along the way.  

To use the MS reader on a domain, you have to turn off the "Press Ctrl + Alt + Del" logon start setting, the main reason it's claimed the reader won't work on a domain.  The location for doing this depends on OS, but is fairly easy to find.  

A card swipe or transponder system would really be the better choice.

Good luck.
americanmobileAuthor Commented:
when you say 'secure', you mean as far as people hacking in?  They network is behind a nice sonic wall....also, where would you do this in xp?  This would be a great solution...
Check out this prox card system for computers,

Also this is handy for covering the screen when an operator leave without having to wait 2 min,

The biometric readers are probably going to be more of a headache for this type of application than it is worth.  The prox units are very durable and reliable.  

I am not sure about this specific reader but I have done regular access control installations where people  can leave a badge in thier pocket and just get close to the reader.   In this case you might be able to place the reader on the face of a counter or desk where the computer is such that a card in the pocket of a lab coat would get close enough.
If you follow this link.. http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/wxpplgon.html  It will show you how you can shut off the Ctrl, Alt, Del in Windows XP from the security policy.
How about a solution that locks the computer when the user walks 6 feet away and unlocks it automatically when they come back. Oh yeah and it’s only $5 (after rebate) from TigerDirect.com

To enable friendly login, which will enable the ability to use the print reader, go to Control Panel, User Accounts.  Under User Accounts, click the Advanced tab, then uncheck "Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete" under Secure Logon.

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