Setting up your Star 650II BTI for Mac and iPad


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Star 650II BTI (Bluetooth) Printer Setup 

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to install a Star 650II BTI for your iPad and Mac device.

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What Device do you use?


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:

As the 650II BTI a Bluetooth device and it does not require any cables to connect it to your iPad. The only cable you will need for your printer is the power cable.

Receipt Rolls:

Make sure you've got your 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 looks similar to a phone line cable.


Connecting your Star 650II BTI Receipt Printer to your iPad

You'll first need to connect the printer to your iPad in Bluetooth settings. To do this:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.

2. Tap the Bluetooth option under General Settings.

3. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on.

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Checkpoint 1: The Bluetooth slider should be green and switched to the right. If the slider is to the left and in gray, tap again to ensure Bluetooth is ‘on’.

4. On the back of the printer, press and hold the PAIR button for 5 seconds or more.

5. In the Bluetooth 'Device list' on the iPad tap 'Star Micronics'

6. Type in the device PIN: 1234 if required.

Under 'My Devices', the printer should show a status of 'connected', confirming that the device is successfully connected.

Now that you've got your printer connected up to your iPad you're ready to add it to the Vend app. To do this:

1. Open the Vend Register app and Tap the menu icon. The sidebar will open.

register settings menu

2. Select Settings > Hardware > Add Printer, then tap Add a Printer to set up the printer:

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3. Tap the Printer Model section and select Star 650II BTI.

Checkpoint 2: You do not need to put any information into the "Bluetooth Address" field. If you get a printer not found error, check and make sure that the "Bluetooth Address" field is empty. If there is something inside this field, remove it and save the printer.

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

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

8. Tep Save to add your printer.

Checkpoint 3: 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!


Set up 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, follow the instructions below:

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

2. Open up the Vend Register app and tap the menu button to open the sidebar menu.

3. Tap Settings and choose Hardware.

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

5. On the printer settings page in Register, toggle the 'Cash drawer enabled' setting to 'on'.

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


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:

As the 650II BTI a Bluetooth device and it does not require any cables to connect it to your iPad. The only cable you will need for your printer is the power cable.

Receipt Rolls:

Make sure you've got your 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 looks similar to a phone line cable. 


Connecting your Star 650II BTI Receipt Printer to your Mac

Before continuing with the setup of your printer, you must ensure that the printer is fully operational. You can perform a self-test in order to check the functionality of the printer:

  1. Turn it OFF.
  2. Hold the feed button down and turn the power back ON at the same time.
  3. Release the feed button. This will print 2 receipts. Hang on to the second receipt or make a note of the Address.

Downloading and Installing the Star driver

1. Go to this link and enter the following information to download the correct driver for your printer.

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2. Select Drivers and pick the driver listed under Recommended to download.

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3. When this download is completed, open the file to extract it.

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4. Open the extracted folder and double click the 'starcupsdrv' file.

5. This will create a new folder. Open this and go to drivers.

6. Double click the .pkg file here and follow the install guide instructions.

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Pairing the printer to your Mac

1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.

2. Click the Bluetooth option.

3. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on.

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4. On the back of the printer, press and hold the PAIR button for 5 seconds or more. 

5. In the Bluetooth 'Device list', click connect next to 'Star Micronics'


Adding the printer to your CUPs settings 

1. Open up Google Chrome and go to http://localhost:631/admin

2. Click add printer

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3. Select the LPD/LPR Host or Printer, then click Continue:

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4. Specify the device URI for the printer as shown below and click Continue

Starbluetooth://<<Bluetooth Address>> For example: Starbluetooth://00-12-f3-1c-2f-a4

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5. In the add printer screen, enter the printer name, location and description.

6. Click Continue

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7. Select Star as the make and the click Continue

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8. Select the printer model Start 650ii cutter and click Continue

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9. In the set printer options screen, select “Policies” and set “error policy” to “retry current job” and click set default options.

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