Recommended Hardware and Computer Specs


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Vend Recommended Hardware and Specs

For a quick overview of all hardware and payments providers that currently work with Vend on iPad, Mac or PC check out the Vend Hardware Guide on our website.

Below is a list of Vend's recommended hardware, here you can find a selection of printers, scanners, cash drawers and label printers that work with Vend.

If you’d like to set up this hardware yourself, you can follow along with step-by-step instructions by clicking on the relavent links below.

If you're a bigger store with more complex requirements, or need some in-person help, our Vend Experts are here to help. They can completely remove the hassle of getting and setting up hardware in your store. Get in touch with a Vend Expert to arrange an in-person visit now.

Computers and Tablets

Vend is designed to run in the browser. This means it runs on most computers.

We do have some recommendations to ensure you get the most out of Vend.

Operating System: 

Windows Mac iPad or iPad mini
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Microsoft Surface Pro. Mac OSX Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra. iOS 9 or above. For more information about using Vend on an iPad, click here. or check out www.vendhq.com/ipad-pos
Browser Google Chrome Google Chrome Dedicated Vend Register iPad app
Printing Star TSP100 (143) LAN or Epson TM-T88V LAN. You can also use the USB model of the Star TSP100 (143) if you prefer.
For more information on how to install these devices for a Windows computer, click here.
Star TSP100 (143) LAN or Epson TM-T88V LAN. You can also use the USB model of the Star TSP100 (143) if you prefer.
For more information on how to install these devices for a Mac computer, click here.
For LAN based printers we recommend Star TSP100 (143) or Epson TM-T88V. If you'd like to use a bluetooth printer for your iPad we recommend the Star 650II BTI, Star SM-220i or Star mPOP. Note: USB printers are not supported with iPad.
For more information on how to use these devices on your iPad, click here.

Peripherals

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Peripherals are things like receipt printers, scanners and cash drawers; in other words, items that you use with your computer or iPad to enhance functionality.

Below is a list of Vend supported hardware for Windows, Mac and iPad:

Receipt Printers

Windows Supported Printers:

Mac Supported Printers:

iPad Supported Printers:

Other Important Information:

  • If you are planning to use a cash drawer, ensure your printer has an RJ12 port. Plugging an RJ12 cable from your cash drawer to your receipt printer will allow the cash drawer to open automatically after printing a receipt. For more information on this scroll down to the Cash Drawer section below.
  • Printers for Windows and Mac will need the latest drivers to run. To download and install these drivers, select and follow the specific instructions for your supported printer here.
  • Vend DOES NOT support serial/parallel adapted to USB printers.


    Barcode Scanners

    Windows Supported Scanners:

    Mac Supported Scanners:

    iPad Supported Scanners:

    For more information on setting up these supported scanners with Vend, check out this page here.


    Cash Drawers

    Vend supports two Cash Drawers, the Star SMD2-1214 and the Star SMD2-1317. In addition to these two you can also use the Star mPOP (Bluetooth) for iPad which is a receipt printer and cash drawer in one device.

    These can be connected to your receipt printer via an RJ12 cable and works with Windows, Mac or iPad.

    Important: The Star SM-220i receipt printer does not support cash drawer connection.

    To learn more about these Cash Drawers and how to set them up with your receipt printer, click here.


    Barcode Labels

    Vend has a built-in barcode generator to convert your SKUs into barcodes and print them to label sheets or to a dedicated label printer.

    For barcode printing we recommend and support the Dymo 450 Turbo.

    The Dymo 450 Turbo is available for both Windows and Mac, and connects to your computer via USB. For a step by step guide on how to set up your Dymo for Mac or Windows, check out these help center articles here.

    While Dymo supports a range of different label sizes we recommend 11352 Dymo labels for use with Vend.

    Other Important Information:

    • Labels printed from Vend are in the Code 128 barcode format and are readable by most 2D scanners.
    • Labels smaller than 21mm are not supported in Vend.
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