The iPad POS Starter Pack includes:
- The brand new Star mC-Print3 receipt printer. This printer can connect directly via an Apple Lightning charging cable to your iPad simultaneously charging the iPad and allowing you to continue to print receipts even if the internet is down. No bluetooth or ethernet connection required.
- A solid, attractive C Frame POS stand for your iPad, securing the tablet and making it easily accessible as a point of sale device.
- CB2002LC-FN, A sturdy and lockable Star cash drawer.
Star Micronics have introduced the Star mC-Print3 Printer.
It can be connected directly to an iPad using the Apple Lightning Cable. This allows direct communication between the iPad and the printer while simultaneously charging.
Plug the lightning cable into the iPad and the USB end into the port marked iPad (see above). The next step is to configure the printer in AirPOS.
Open the AirPOS application and tap on the settings cogwheel at the top of the screen.
Select 'Peripherals' from the left margin. Press the 'Add Printer' button in your peripheral settings as shown below.
The screen will change to one similar to that below while AirPOS searches for any nearby available Star printers.
After a few moments a list of all available Star printers will be displayed. Yours will be listed as 'MCP31LB Bluetooth' or something very similar. Tap on the 'Test print' button to the right of it.
You'll see an image of the test print like that below. Tap on the green 'Use this printer' to save your settings and that's the printer added to AirPOS
You can also connect the printer by Bluetooth or network. In the case of Network you'll need to connect the printer to your router with an Ethernet cable.
If you switch the printer off then while holding pressing the feed button press the power button once. The printer will start to self print and you can release the feed button. At the bottom of the self print, when it completes you'll see the IP Address of the printer which will confirm that the printer is connected to the internet. Configuring it on AirPOS is exactly the same. When AirPOS finds the printer it will show 'MCP31LB' with the IP Address to the right of it.
In the case of Bluetooth you'll need to pair the printer in your iPad's Bluetooth settings. In AirPOS when the printer is found it will show as 'MCP31LB' with Bluetooth to the right of it.
You'll see a screen like that below. If you have a scanner attached to the printer then set 'has scanner' to yes. If you have an attached line display set that to yes also. You can test the print and the drawer kick or return to the main catalogue.
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’ using what's known as an RJ11 cable which comes out of the back of the cash drawer.
The C Frame tablet enclosure for your iPad consists of two components, a 10" Universal tablet stand and a cash drawer enclosure (not included in the package) that the stand attaches to for security and ease of use. The cash drawer enclosure helps to protect your cash drawer as well as providing a secure base for the tablet stand, with a rotation feature allowing the tablet stand to move around as required on a solid base.
Setting Up Your C Frame Tablet Stand and Cash Drawer Enclosure (if applicable).
If you're attaching the stand to a cash drawer cover then align the C - Frame base with the screw hole pattern in the drawer cover as shown in the diagram below.
You should mount the C-Frame rotating base to the cash drawer cover using the screws provided. Align and tighten the first screw then swivel the base to provide access to the second and third screw holes in the drawer cover.
Once attached to the drawer cover loosen the bottom two nuts at the back of the stand and remove the two at the top as shown in the diagram on the left below.
Insert the tablet, then the cable and align the tablet within the metal frame. Replace the top two nuts and close the C-Frame. The cable will pass through the slot in the back at the base of the C-Frame near the rotation point. If you are not using the drawer cover then attach the rubber mat to the rotating base of the frame. This will prevent the frame from sliding when in use.