Setting up your Star TSP100III (WLAN) for Mac

Latest update: - Racene Ratnaswamy

This guide provides step-by-step instructions to connect your Star TSP100III wirelessly to your internet router and provide wireless receipt printing. For more information on your TSP 100III Wireless Printer, check out Star's Online Manual.

Device checklist

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.

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.

Use App

Using the dedicated app (TSP100III Utility (Mac/iPad) will help you set your product up easily.

Connecting your printer

Important: These are the instructions for setting up your Star TSP100III on your Mac. Click the links here if you are using PC or iPad.

1. Connect the power cord to your printer and an electrical outlet.

2. Turn your printer on and wait for the blue light to stop blinking.

3. Insert your paper roll.

4. You are now ready to connect your printer to your wireless network.

5. The simplest way to connect your printer is by a WPS. However, if your router does not support WPS, use the steps under AP network mode. instead.

Connect by WPS

1. Press and hold the red Pair button on the back of your printer until the blue light on the front of your printer starts blinking.

2. On your router, press the WPS button. The usage procedure of the access point or router will vary according to the device.

Note: Steps 1 and 2 have to be done within 30 seconds of each other. If not, repeat the steps.

3. This will establish a connection between your printer and your router. The Ready light will now be solid and your "Network Configuration" and "Current IP Parameters Status" will print out automatically.

If the IP address on the settings receipt says "NONE" or "", the printer is not connected to the internet. Double check the ethernet cable is connected securely to both the back of the printer and the router and then press and hold the 'push' button again.

4. Under Current IP Parameters, make a note of the IP Address. This will be your printer's new dynamic IP address.

Connect by AP network mode

This involves printing your network configuration and current IP Parameters and setting your wireless LAN settings.

1. Printing your Network Configuration and Current IP Parameters

1. Switch your printer off using the power switch.

2. Press and hold the Feed button on the front of the printer while the printer is turned off.

3. While holding the Feed button, turn your printer back on.

4. Once your "Network Configurations" and "Current IP Parameters Status" prints successfully, release the Feed button you are currently holding down.

If the IP address on the settings receipt says "NONE" or "", the printer is not connected to the internet. Double check the ethernet cable is connected securely to both the back of the printer and the router and then press and hold the 'push' button again.

5. Take note of the SSID under "Network Configuration".

6. Take note of the IP address under "Current IP Parameters Status".

2. Setting your wireless LAN settings

1. Head to your WiFi settings on your computer.

2. Under Devices select the name of your printer.

3. Head to your Chrome web browser and enter your printers default static IP address, that you had taken note of in the section above.

4. From the left menu, click Login.

5. In the new Authentication Required window, enter the following:

User Name: root

Password: public

Click OK

5. Click Cancel, to close the new security window.

6. From the left menu, click the WLAN Settings and enter the following:

  • SSID: your WI-FI network name.
  • Security: WPA2/AES.
  • Security Key: your Wi-Fi network password.
  • Click Submit.

7. From the left menu, click the flashing red Save section and select Save > Configuration printing > Restart Device.

8. Click Execute.

9. Your printer will automatically make a printout. Under the "Current IP Parameters Status", take note of the IP Address.

10. From your WiFi settings, select your WiFi network's name.

Installing your printer driver on your computer

1. For MAC, click here to download the printer driver to your computer.

2. Click Ok to save your printer driver.

3. Locate the starcups file in your downloads.

4. Double-click your starcups driver file.

5. Follow the steps to install the Star Cups driver.

Adding your printer to your computer

1. Head to System Preference on your computer.

2. Click Printers & Scanners.

3. In the Printers section, click the + sign.

4. Add the following information to add your printer:

  • Address: your printer's new dynamic IP address.
  • Protocol: Line Printer Daemon - LPD.
  • Name: Give your printer a custom name if you wish to do so.
  • Use: Select Software.

5. In the Software window, search for your Star TSP100III printer.

6. Select Star TSP100Cutter and click OK.

7. Back on the Add printer page, click Add.

8. You will be able to confirm your printer is listed with a green light in the Printers section.

Printing on Vend with Star

Now that your Star 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 Star TSP100III Wireless printer is not your default printer, click Change and select the printer from the list.

You will also want to untick headers and footers and set the paper size to 72mm - 2000mm.

Note: If you set your paper size to 72mm - 2000mm without disabling headers and footers, the printer will not auto cut at the main receipt

Once that's been changed you should be able to print out a receipt.

Set up your Cash Drawer

Once you've got the printer all set up, you can connect your 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 Sell Screen or by performing a test sale.

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.

Receive this screen?

Click here to learn how to enable CUPS for your computer.

3. Once in CUPS, Select your printer model like the image below.

4. Select from the drop-down menu Set Default Options.

5. From here, select Cash Drawer Control, choose Open Drawer 1 and 2 under Cash Drawer and 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 on your Sell Screen or by performing a test sale.

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