Epson TM-T88V Setup for Mac OSX
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on installing a Epson TM-T88V Receipt Printer for Mac Computers
In order to set up your receipt printer with your Mac, Windows PC or iPad you'll first need to make sure you have all the peripherals needed.
You will need a power cable for the printer and an ethernet cable to plug the printer in to your internet router. If you don't already have an ethernet cable ask your printer supplier to include one when you buy the printer or pick one up from your local electronics store.
Make sure you've got some 80mm receipt rolls ready to go. To load your receipt roll open the latch on the top right of the printer, place the roll inside and pull some of the paper through before closing the lid.
Cash Drawer (Optional):
You may also wish to set up your cash drawer at the same time, to do this you'll need a specialised cash drawer cable. This is similar looking to an ethernet cable but is smaller on one end.
When you first buy an Epson printer, it won't be able to connect to your network. To set it up you'll first need to change the network settings by configuring DHCP.
This can be a bit scary if you're not very technical, so you might like to ask your IT support person (or friendly local geek) for help.
DHCP needs to be set on a Mac or Windows computer. You can't do this on your iPad, as the printer needs to be plugged in to the computer.
Once it's set up, you'll need the test receipt with the IP address on it. If you don't still have this, press and hold the 'push' button on the back of the printer for about 4 seconds. The printer will print out the network settings and you should see the IP address listed up the top.
Note: If the IP address on the settings receipt says "NONE", the printer is not connected to the internet. Double check the ethernet cable is connected securely to both the back of the printer and to the router and then press and hold the 'push' button again.
Once we have this we can then connect the printer to your computer.
Adding the Epson TM-88V to your Mac
To get this printer set up follow these 3 steps below:
- Downloading and installing the Epson driver
- Installing your Epson
- Printing on Vend with Epson
1. Downloading and installing the Epson driver:
First off, we need to download the latest printer drivers for your computer. This is specialised software that helps the printer run correctly on your computer. To get this head over to Epson's website here and select Mac OS Printer Driver.
1. Click 'download page' and scroll down to confirm the download. You should see the download start in the left hand corner of the window.
2. When this download is completed, open the file to extract it and double click on the .dmg file.
Checkpoint: Not sure where to find the download? Go to finder and select 'Downloads' from he left hand list. The download will also appear at the bottom of Google Chrome, click the arrow here and select show in folder. !()
3. Next, double click the first .pkg file and follow the installiation guide instructions.
4. At the end of the installation process a message will appear saying "The printer is not connected via USB". At this stage we want to tick "Connect printer via network" and choose continue.
2. Installing your Epson:
Now that this is complete we'll need to install the printer on your Mac.
1. Navigate to 'System Preferences' and open 'Printers and Scanners'.
2. Here, use the plus in the botton left corner and click “add printer or scanner”.
This will open up a new window where you'll need to put in some information. Select IP along the top and follow the instructions below to fill out the form correctly:
1. Address: This is where you need to put in your printer's IP address. To find this press and hold the 'push' button on the back of the printer for about 4 seconds. The printer will print out the network settings and you should see the IP address listed up the top.
2. Protocol: Select 'Line Printer Daemon - LPD' from the dropdown
3. Queue: Leave this blank
4. Name: This is an optional field but if you'd like to customise the name of your receipt put it in here.
5. Location: Leave this blank
6. Use: Pick 'Select Software...' from the dropdown. This will open up a new window. Search for Epson in the top right, locate 'EPSON TM-T88V' and click OK.
Once you've put in all this information click 'Add'. Your printer should now be set up and ready to go!
3. Printing on Vend with Epson:
Now that your EPSON is installed you can start using it to print your receipts in Vend.
To perform a test print:
1. Head over to the History tab and click on a sale.
2. Click view receipt
3. Pick the receipt template you’d like to use and click 'print'.
This will take you to the print preview screen. If the Epson is not your default printer, click 'change' and select the printer from the list.
Once that's been changed you should be able to print out a receipt.
Connecting the Cash Drawer:
Once you've got the printer all set up, you can connect up the cash drawer.
The cash drawer connects to your receipt printer, and is triggered to open when you finish a cash or cheque sale and the receipt is printed by the printer.
Tip: You can manually open the cash drawer by clicking Command + E if you are using the old Vend Sell Screen or by performing a test sale if you are using Register for Mac.
To setup the Cash Drawer:
1. Plug the RJ12 connector cable (the one that looks similar to a phone line) from the cash drawer into the receipt printer.
2. Head to the following URL: http://localhost:631/printers/. This will take you to CUPS. CUPS is a network printing service used by Mac computers. It allows you to setup your printers on a network, and customise options such as cash drawer setup.
Recieve this screen? Click here to learn how to enable CUPS for your computer.
3. Once in CUPS, Select your printer model from the list below:
4. Select from the drop down menu 'Set Default Options'
5. From here, select 'Cash Drawer Control', choose 'Open after printing' for 'Cash Drawer #1' and 'Cash Drawer #2'. Once done. click the 'Set Default Options' button below.
Your cash drawer should now be all set to go! You can test it out by clicking Command + E on your keyboard when in the old Vend Sell Screen or by performing a test sale if you are using Register for Mac.