Star has a new printer and it is amazing, the big change here is that this printer is not ethernet, nor WiFi, nor Bluetooth connectable. Just plug your lighting cable into your iPad, connect it to your pinter (USB) and you are ready to go. No more network configurations, no WiFi nightmares. The only limitation here is the distance, using this printer in your kitchen will be a no go, but for a receipt printer, or when you have no network at all (e.g. foodtrucks). This could be a winner.
Print to the NEW Star TSP100III USB Printer directly from an iPhone or iPad.
More info on the site of Star : http://star-emea.com/products/tsp100iiiu/
Star’s NEW TSP143IIIU is a game changing USB POS printer. It is the first of its kind to be able to connect directly to an iPhone, iPad or iPod using an Apple™ Lightning cable for reliable USB communication and simultaneous charging.
This is a standard USB receipt printer for traditional POS terminals (including Android™, Linux™ and Windows™) with a difference. The TSP143IIIU combines the reliability of cabled terminal POS with the flexibility and advantages of mobile tablet POS. As a result, the usaul Bluetooth or WiFi / wired LAN set-up issues around pairing, network infrastructure and connectivity etc. are eliminated from a hardware perspective.
- iOS devices – Charging and data transfer between device and printer via standard Lightning to USB cable using USB A port.
- Android, Linux and Windows devices – Communication via USB B port. Power is supplied through a 3rd party splitter cable.
- Compatible with Star Cloud Services
and AllReceipts Digital Receipting App.
- Connection to a cash drawer as standard.
- 250mm/s print speed.
- Thin paper capability (0.053 to 0.085).
- Unique Star futurePRNT software included.
- ECO features including print on demand – horizontal and vertical text reduction and receipt on demand function. (Windows only).
This week I visited a new client of WaiterOne: Svenska Baren in Puerto Rico, G.C. Armed with my MacBook Pro and my iPad mini, I would tackle a ticket printer layout bug. As I don’t have an Epson TM-T20II here to test, I just made an appointment with the owner of the place to test it onsite. Connect my hardware to his network, …, ready, set, … debug :
As you see, the ticket width doesn’t seem to be used completely. But then again, the total of the ticket seems to be well aligned, also the text printed in the header and the footer seems to be exactly in the middle. Strange no? As my personal printer on my work place, seems to be working perfect. Small detail, it is not an Epson TM-T20II, but a Epson TM-T88V with wifi interface.
It didn’t took me long to see that the printing was just that little bit smaller then my own test prints. So if it prints smaller, then it probably also prints more columns?
Downloaded the Epson TM-T20II and the Epson TM-T88V specs and indeed, the first printer prints in Font A 48 characters, in Font B 64 characters on 1 line, the latter printer does 42 characters and 56 characters respectively in Font A and Font B. Eureka!!
As soon as I changed in WaiterOne the characters to 64 on the bill printer (data -> printers -> bill -> ticket : characters) all seems to be working as it should. Everybody happy, table foosball puppet included :
WaiterOne is already working with a lot of POS printers. We have printers from Epson, Citizen, Star, Bixolon, … One of our Australian support technicians, Ian, suggested a new printer brand. Especially as the common models used here in Europe and the US are crazy expensive in Australia. Don’t know why but actually all hardware seems to be quite expensive down under. On the other hand if you should go to Canada once, can I assume that this is up above then, go tech shopping, as prices there seems to be incredible cheap at this moment.
Ian suggested to check out the printers from Xiamen Rongta Tech. Some of the models seems to have all the specs WaiterOne needs at an exceptional low price. And if I say low, I really mean low. Imagine that you can buy a POS printer with a wifi interface for a third of the price of an Epson TM-T88V. In case you are looking for a cheap POS printer, have a look at Rongta. We will test one very soon now, if you can get your hands on one, let me know how it performs!
Rongta WIFI POS Printer RP80W
We received some WaiterOne in action photos from Ingrid from 22b. 22b Is a nice place in Antwerp Belgium or as they call it : lekker eten en drinken (yummy food and drinks). More info about 22b : www.22b.be.
The beautiful stand they use here to protect their iPad and to work more ergonomic is from Heckler Designer : www.hecklerdesign.com.
Version 1.3.7 of WaiterOne almost ready. Stress-testing it now at the “Sommerfest der Freiwillgen Feuerwehr Neulengbach Stadt” in Austria. 4 Epson printers, 1 iPad mini, 12 iPods + 3 spare iPods, 1 iPhone, wifi access point with repeaters … kickass!! Good luck guys 😉
Sommerfest der Freiwillgen Feuerwehr Neulengbach Stadt
The beautiful stand they use here to protect their iPad mini and to work more ergonomic is from Heckler Designer : www.hecklerdesign.com.