The Retail Pro Bundle Hardware includes a cash drawer, receipt printer, Newland Bluetooth barcode scanner and secure lockable tablet stand. This bundle is available for Android devices.
Connecting the Printer.
The TSP143IIIU USB Printer from Star Micronics is able to be connected directly to an Android tablet using the USB cable provided with the printer. This allows direct communication between the tablet and the printer.
The printer comes with a USB cable (TypeA-TypeB).
The squarish Type B end connects to the back of the printer and the TypeA end connects to a micro USB adaptor which connects to the micro USB charging port of your tablet...
...unless your tablet is charged with a USB C cable in which case you'll need to use a USB A female to USB C male adaptor similar to the image below.
At the back of the printer there are three ports as shown below.
Plug the USB Type B end of the cable into the middle port as highlighted above. The Type A end plugs into the adaptor which plugs into the micro USB port of your tablet.
NB: While the printer is connected to the tablet the tablet will not be charging.
The next step is to configure the printer in AirPOS. Open the AirPOS application. When you plug the printer into the tablet you'll see a popup like that below.
NB: If you plug the printer in prior to installing the application then the USB permissions popup will not appear, therefore on installing the AirPOS app we don't have permission to access the USB device. This is resolved by unplugging the printer from the tablet and re-attaching it.
You Must tick the 'Use by default for this USB device' box to always grant Android USB permissions for AirPOS. Tap 'OK'.
Next tap on the settings cogwheel at the top of the screen. You'll see a screen like that below.
Select 'Peripheral' from the left margin.
Press the 'Add Printer' button in your peripheral settings as shown above. You'll see a popup to say that AirPOS is 'Searching'.
After a few moments you'll see your printer listed as 'TSP143IIIU' with a USB symbol to the right of it. Tap on the 'Test print' button.
You'll see an image of the test print with a button to 'Use this printer'. Press that button to save the printer in AirPOS and that's the setup complete.
Connecting the Cash Drawer.
Leading from the back of the cash drawer is a cable the end of which looks a bit like a telephone connection or small Ethernet connection. This is known as an RJ11 cable.
The Cash Drawer is kicked by an electrical impulse from the printer so the cash drawer connects into the printer at the port marked ‘DK’ (Drawer Kick) using this cable which comes out of the back of the cash drawer.
Tablet Stand. The Maclocks Universal Tablet Holder and Lock is an easy and simple way to securely display your Android tablet.
The base of the stand acts as a secure anchor point for the included cable lock when it is bolted down to the counter-top surface. First clean an area on the back of the tablet with the included alcohol prep pad. The adhesive plate lock uses 3M VHB bonding tape, an industrial strength solution that if given the recommended amount of time to set (10 hours is ideal to allow for the bonding process to finish), is extremely secure. Peel the backing from the plate lock and apply it to the cleaned area at the back of the tablet
Included is the cable lock that "ties" everything together and secures the tablet. The security cable lock first needs to be tethered around a secure object, anchor point or wired through the bolted stand only then do you lock it to the adhesive security slot plate (after tablet bonding process) to fully secure the tablet.
Connecting the Scanner.
When the scanner has charged power it on by pressing and holding the scan button for three seconds. The function button near the bottom of the scanner will slowly blink blue indicating that the scanner is in Bluetooth mode and ready to pair. Open the Bluetooth settings on your Android. After a few moments you'll see a popup with a pairing request for the 'BS80+xxx' (xxx being the last three digits of the scanner's serial number). Press the 'Pair' button on the Android popup. The scanner will make three beeps and the function button will turn solid blue. Your scanner is now ready to use.
The scanner will power off after 30 minutes of inactivity or you can turn it off by scanning the 'Power Off' barcode on page 2 of the Quick Start booklet that comes with the scanner.
1. Charging/Battery LED
2. Good Read LED
3. Data LED
4. Scan/Power Button
5. Delete/Reset Button
6. Function Button/Function LED
7. Micro USB Port
8. Product Label
9. Scan Window (Remove protective sticker before use).
Hold down the Scan/Power button (4) for three seconds to power on and press to scan barcodes. Hold down the Delete/Reset Button (5) for about 10-15 seconds to reset the scanner while it is on. Hold down the Function Button (6) for 5 seconds to unpair the paired tablet or Android from the scanner.
If the first time you use the scanner and it does not return a product to the cart when a barcoded product is scanned but does find the product when using the 'Search' or 'Stock Check' buttons on the POS this is because of a firmware update. This issue can be resolved by following the steps below.
1. Go to Settings on your Android, select bluetooth then select the scanner from the list of devices and choose forget this device.
2. Open the booklet that came in the box with your scanner and scan the 'Restore Factory Defaults' barcode on page 13.
3. Hold the scan button to turn the scanner on, then hold the Scan and Delete buttons on the scanner for around 10-15 seconds until you hear a bleep and the button at the bottom of the scanner flashes blue
4. Go to Settings > Bluetooth on your Android, from here you should see the scanner in the list of available devices (will start with BS and end in 3 numbers), select this to repair the reader to your Android
5. Once the scanner has paired with your Android successfully scan the barcode below, if successfully scanned it should bleep. If the scanner won't scan the barcode of the screen it may be necessary to print off the barcodes below but the Newland scanner will scan off most screens.
Once you've scanned the 'Enable Terminating Character Suffix' barcode you'll then need to scan the 'Terminating Character 0x0D (CR) barcode below:
Following this scanning barcodes on the AirPOS app should work by returning a product to the cart when a barcoded product is scanned.
For your convenience you can download these barcodes as a PDF from the link below.
Newland Scanner Firmware Barcodes