Additional Information On Mobile Printers
Mobile printers were created by manufacturers to give their users the ability
to print receipts and labels away from a workstation. These mobile printers
connect to a mobile computer running software specific to their needs. There
are many factors you need to consider when picking out which of these units you
want to go with. All of these are important, so if you have questions please do
not hesitate to call in to speak to a product specialist.
Different printers work with different operating systems. You will need to know what operating system your computer is running to ensure the printer will be able to communicate with it. POSGuys.com has product specialist here to help you with this.
Many of these printers have multiple options to connect to the mobile computer which is sending the data to the printer. You will want to know what your device supports, and what your software supports.
Here are some of the more widely used methods:
Serial/USB (direct cable) - This method uses a physical cable with a serial or usb connector. To use this, your mobile computer is going to need that specific port ready for a printer. There are occasions when mobile computers have proprietary plugs, and will require specific adapters. Give us a call and we will help figure out what cables you can use.
802.11 Wireless: No cables required, but this method requires you to have a wireless network set up that covers the location it is going to be used. The printer will connect to the access point (for example, a router) and be available to every computer on the network that has it set up as a shared printer. Keep in mind, the printer does not connect directly to the computer. It requires this relay through the router.
Bluetooth: A wireless connection using Bluetooth is a direct link between two devices. When using this method, the printer pairs with the computer and maintains an exclusive connection. Many devices now are offering Bluetooth, which can make this a great option for compatibility.
Mobile printers require anything they are printing to be created by the computer's software. This includes receipts and labels alike. You are going to need software to create the file that is to be printed. Please call us for great options for your mobile cashiering and inventory printing needs.