Setting up your Epson TM-T88V for Mac, PC, or iPad


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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on installing a Epson TM-T88V Receipt Printer for Mac, PC or iPad. Select your device below and follow the instructions that follow. 


What device do you use?


Device checklist

In order to set up your receipt printer with your Mac you'll first need to make sure you have all the peripherals needed.

Cables:

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.

Receipt Rolls:

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.


Setup DHCP

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.

Follow these instructions to set up DHCP

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 get this printer set up follow these 3 steps below:

  1. Downloading and installing the Epson driver
  2. Installing your Epson
  3. Printing on Vend with Epson

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 installation 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.


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, select the + button in the 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 drop-down

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: Click on Select Software... from the drop-down. 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!


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 Sale.

2. Click ViewReceipt

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.


Device checklist:

In order to set up your receipt printer with your Windows PC you'll first need to make sure you have all the peripherals needed.

Cables:

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.

Receipt Rolls:

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.


Setup DHCP

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.

Follow these instructions to set up DHCP

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.



To get this printer set up follow these 3 steps below:

  1. Downloading and installing the Epson driver
  2. Installing your Epson
  3. Printing on Vend with Epson

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 Windows Printer Driver.

1. Click Download page on the latest file 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, head to your Downloads folder, right click on the file and select Extract all.

Checkpoint 1: Not sure where to find the download? Go to explorer and select Downloads from the left hand list. The download will also appear at the bottom of Google Chrome, click the arrow here and select show in folder.

3. After extracting the file, a folder will open. Double click on the install and follow the installation guide instructions.

Once installed you will see a confirmation box. Close this and continue to the next step.


Installing your Epson Printer

Now we need to register the printer with your computer. To do this:

Navigate to Program Files (x86) > EPSON > EPSON Advanced Printer Driver 5 and select PrinterReg.

You can also search your computer for printerreg instead if you like:

You will be brought to the printer setup screen where you'll need to put in the following information:

1. Model: Select Epson TM-T88V under model.

2. Name: Type in a name of your choice or leave as default.

3. Port Type: Set this to Ethernet.

4. Port: Leave this as Auto setup.

5. IP Address: 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. Input this IP address here.

Once you've filled out these fields click Save Settings. A test receipt will be printed confirming that the printer has been successfully set up.


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 CTRL + E if you are using the old Vend Sell Screen or by performing a test sale if you are using Register for PC.

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. Next, head to your Devices and Printers window on your computer.

3. Right click on your receipt printer, select Printing preferences -> Peripherals.

4. Once in here, use the drop-down menu to select Cash Drawer.

5. Next, select End of Document and click Open on both Cash Drawer #1 and Cash Drawer #2

Tip: If you want your cash drawer to fire before the receipt prints you can select the 'Start of Document' option instead.

5. Apply these settings and test it out by clicking CTRL + E on your keyboard when in the old Vend Sell Screen or by performing a test sale if you are using Register for PC.


Device checklist

In order to set up your receipt printer with your iPad you'll first need to make sure you have all the peripherals needed.

Cables:

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.

Receipt Rolls:

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.


Setup DHCP

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.

Follow these instructions to set up DHCP

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.


Connecting the printer to your iPad

Before getting started, you'll need the test receipt with the IP address on it. To get 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 the Register app:

1. On your iPad, check that you are connected to the WiFi connection in your store.

2. Open the Vend iPad app and Tap the menu icon. The sidebar will open.

3. Select Settings > Hardware > Add Printer to generate the Add printer form:

register settings menu

hardware menu

printer add lightbox

4. Tap the blue Find button. To auto-add your printer select “TM-T88V”, if available.

Checkpoint: No printer found? We’ve got you covered: tap “printer model” and choose the Epson TM-T88V. Enter the printer IP address from the receipt slip you printed earlier.

5. Select a name for your printer. This can be anything you choose such as “Cashier 1” or “Receipt Printer”. Include your selection in the “name” field.

6. Select one of the following receipt options:

  • a standard receipt - this is a typical end-of-sale receipt.
  • a secondary receipt - this is a receipt that only prints certain items.

receipt type

7. Choose whether you'd like your receipts to be printed automatically. If you don't automatically print a receipt, you won't be able to manually print one during the sale.

8. Choose the number of receipt copies you’d like to print for each sale

9. Click Save to add your printer.

Checkpoint: Run a test sale to ensure your setup is successful. If your receipt fails to print, go back to checkpoints 1&2. Remember to void the test sale after your receipt is printed!


Setup your 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. A manager or admin can also manually open the cash drawer directly within Vend.

To setup the Cash Drawer, open up the Vend Register app and follow the instructions below:

1. Tap the menu button to open the sidebar menu.

2. Tap Settings and choose Hardware

3. Select the printer you want to attach the cash drawer to

4. Plug the RJ12 connector cable from the cash drawer into the receipt printer

5. On the printer settings page, toggle the Cash drawer enabled setting to On

6. Toggle the Open cash on sale setting to On.