How to configure an Epson or Star Micronics receipt or kitchen printer

Our iPad point of sale for restaurants is compatible with select Epson and Star Micronics receipt (POS) printers with an Ethernet, WiFi or Bluetooth interface. Supported models include the Star Micronics TSP100, TSP100III, TSP650, TSP700II, TSP650II, TSP800II and FVP10 thermal receipt printers, the Star Micronics SM-L200, SM-S230i, SM-S220i, SM-T300, SM-T300i, SM-T400i portable Bluetooth printers, the Star Micronics mPOP compact bluetooth printer / barcode reader / cash drawer / iPad stand combination, and the Epson TM-T88V, TM-T70, TM-T20, TM-U220, Mobilink P60, P60II printers. More, some of the the Star Micronics printers can also be configured with the USB interface, if they are connected via an Apple Airport Express access point withe the "USB Printer Sharing" feature.
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How to add a receipt or kitchen printer

1. Setup the printer as explained in the instructions that came with the printer, depending on the printer model; see the next paragraphs for various printer models.
2. Configure your Ethernet or Wireless printer on your network and assign a static IP Address to your printer.
3. Make sure your iPad is connected to the same wireless network as the Epson receipt printer, and that the printer is powered.
4. Open our restaurant point of sale app on your iPad and login with a username that has the Manager role, and click the "Configure Printers" button.
5. Wait up to one minute for the iPad app to detect all the compatible printers available on your network, and to display them in the list of available printers.
6. From the list of available printers, select the printer and click the corresponding button to set it as a Receipt or Kitchen Printer. You may add one receipt printer and multiple kitchen printers.

How to setup an Epson receipt printer with the Connect-It Ethernet interface (UB-E02 or similar)

Epson offers various receipt printer connectivity options with their exclusive Connect-It™ family of interfaces. Supported receipt and kitchen printer models include Epson TM-T88III, TM-T88IV, TM-T88V, TM-U200, TM-U220, and TM-U230. Depending on the printer model, your printer may already include one of the supported Ethernet or Wireless interfaces.

- 802.11n/Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Wireless Interface
- 802.11b Wireless Interface
- Ethernet Interface

1. If you need to add an Ethernet Interface

If you need to add an Ethernet Interface to your Epson printer, you must first set the proper DIP switches on the printer. There should be 2 groups of DIP switches on the printer, each with 8 DIPS (the DSW1 and DSW2 names the dip switch groups). If you have a printer with one group of 8 and one of 4 DIPS witches, you can not place an Ethernet card in. Begin by doing a self-test, by holding the FEED and turn on until printed. There are two possible scenarios, based on the firmware number printed on the self-test:

- If the Firmware Version ends in EAI, then in Group 2 (DSW2), the switch #3 of the group needs to be OFF and #4 needs to be ON.
- If the Firmware Version ends in ESC/POS, then in Group 2 (DSW2), the switch #7 of the group needs to be OFF and #8 needs to be ON.

After you have determined which DIP switches to switch, unscrew the serial interface plate on back and under the printer, and remove the plate. Under a metal plate held by 1 screw, you need to view the DIP switch configuration of the printer and set the corresponding DIP switches.
You may also visit this page for a step-by-step guide.

2. If your Epson printer has an Ethernet Interface

If your Epson printer has an Ethernet Interface, then you only need to configure the printer on your network. The PC or Mac you wish to use has to be set as subnet: 192.168.192.x with the subnet mask Connect the PC via ethernet to the printer and type in your web browser, which will bring up the web-based configuration screen. Click TCP/IP and you can now assign the printer whatever ethernet address you wish to use for your network. It is highly recommended to assign a static IP address to each printer, because if you assign dynamic (DHCP) IP addresses, the printer will get a new IP address each time is restarted, and you will need to re-configure the printer in the point of sale app on the iPad.

How to setup the Epson Mobilink P60 / P60II Mobile Wireless Printer

Only the Epson Mobilink P60 / P60II 802.11B mobile wireless printer is supported by our iPad POS at this time.
After setting up the printer according to the instructions that came with your printer, you have to connect the Epson Mobilink P60II wireless printer to your wireless network. You may follow these easy steps, and you can also read the available Epson TMP60II User Manual for a more detailed explanation. As mentioned earlier, it's highly recommended to assign a static IP address to your printer.

1. Install the roll paper, then close the roll paper cover.
2. While pressing the Feed button, turn the power on.
3. Keep pressing the button until the printer starts printing.
4. The printer starts printing the current status of the printer.
5. When the printer finishes printing the printer status, the Paper LED flashes and the printer will be in the self-test wait mode.
6. Press the Feed button. (Keep pressing the button until the printer starts printing.)
7. The printer starts printing instructions.
8. After the printing has been completed, press the Feed button 4 times.
9. Press the Feed button again. (Keep pressing the button until the printer starts printing.)
10. The printer starts printing instructions for changing the current wireless configuration. Follow the printed instructions.

Alternatively, you may also use the EpsonNet Config, which is a free utility available from Epson for wireless LAN settings.

How to configure a Star Micronics printer with Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth or USB interface

Our restaurant POS system for iPad supports multiple Star Micronics receipt printers, including the TSP100, TSP100III, TSP650, TSP700II, TSP650II, TSP800II, FVP10 thermal printers, the SM-L200, SM-S230i, SM-S220i, SM-T300, SM-T300i, SM-T400i portable Bluetooth printers, and the mPOP Bluetooth printer / barcode scanner / cash drawer / iPad stand. These printers must be configured with an Ethernet, WiFi or Bluetooth interface, or with an USB interface if they are connected to an Apple Airport Express access point via the "USB Printer Sharing" feature.

Star Micronics (and Epson) Ethernet printers with Ethernet (LAN) interface must be connected by Ethernet cables to a LAN port on the wireless router. If the Star Micronics (or Epson) printer has an wireless (WiFi) 802.11 B/G/N interface, it must be also connected to the wireless router, by following the instructions included with your receipt printer. If your iPad is connected wirelessly to the same network as a compatible Ethernet (LAN) or wireless ((WiFi) printer, our iPad POS app will automatically discover the available printers on your network. Setting up static IP addresses for your printers ensures that the IP addresses will remain the same when the wireless router or printer is restarted, and will result in a much more stable solution.

If your compatible Star Micronics receipt printer has a Bluetooth interface, you must first connect the printer to your iPad via the standard Bluetooth connection procedure, which is also described in the printer's manual. As a guideline, your must power on your receipt printer and hold the "Pair" button for 15 seconds, then on your iPad Settings screen select the Bluetooth option, and wait until your Star Micronics printer is discovered and the status is changed to "Connected". When you launch the iPad POS app on the iPad and press the "Configure Printers" button, it will also automatically discover the available compatible Bluetooth printers that are connected to your iPad.

To configure a compatible Star Micronics receipt printer with an USB interface via an Airport Express access point, please follow these steps:

1. Plug the Airport Express into a power source near where you want to use your Star Micronics printer, and connect the Star Micronics printer to the Airport Express with a USB to Micro-USB cable
2. Locate the AirPort Utility on your computer
- From a Mac computer, open the Finder, go to Applications, open the Utilities folder, and open the AirPort Utility.
- For a PC, download the Airport Utility from Apple
3. The AirPort Utility window will display all AirPorts which have been successfully configured. Click "Other AirPort Base Stations" in the top left corner
4. Click the name of the AirPort Express you would like to configure. (the name should match the last six characters in the AirPort ID on the bottom of the AirPort Express you want to set up.)
5. If the AirPort Utility asks to create a network, click "Other Options"
6. Check the "Add to an existing network" radio button and press "Next"
7. Select the network you would like to use for your point of sale, click "Next", enter a name for your access point and the password for your wireless network and click "Next"
8. The AirPort Utility will configure your AirPort Express to work with the selected network.
9. Click on the new AirPort Express in the Airport Utility view and then click the "Edit" button
10. Go to the Internet tab. Change the "Connect Using" option from DHCP to Static. Leave the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Router Address, as they are. Enter as the Primary DNS Server and as the Secondary DNS Server. Press "Update", and the AirPort Express should restart and reconfigure itself
11. Launch the posIPOS app on your iPad, log in as a manager, and follow the steps described in the beginning of this document to add the printer to your point of sale system