How to Connect a Cash Drawer to Receipt Printer?

Cash Drawer

A POS cash drawer enables storage of cash, checks, stamps, coins and other valuables. It provides proper organization and security for your POS system. A receipt printer interprets signals to POS cash drawer to open only when it is required. We will discuss how to configure it with a receipt printer. But first of all, we will discuss the ways to choose the best type of cash drawer. 

Choosing the Best Cash Drawer  

Cash Tray 

Cash tray is simply a plastic tray that fits well in a cash drawer. The tray is capable of sorting currency, including coins and bills. A lot of cash trays are similar in looks with some changes in dividers, plastic, and situation of tray in drawer. 

Media Slots

These slots are located opposite the drawer. In these openings, you can easily put the checks, coupons, or card slips beneath the cash tray. You don’t actually have to open the drawer to access these slots. 

Locking Feature

All cash drawers consist of locking systems categorized by their position. In general, the cost of cash drawer varies in the locking position. 

Interface 

You may want to choose the interface design to enable your cash drawer to work with you. Simply speaking, you need to choose the way the opening of the cash drawer should be triggered. Cash drawers generally have three connectivity options – serial driven, manually driven, and printer driver. 

Connecting Cash Drawer to Receipt Printer 

A cash drawer can be triggered to open whenever you finish the sale as it is connected to the receipt printers. A lot of receipt printers come with a special connector for the cash drawer. Check the user manuals of both cash drawers and receipt printers to ensure they can support one another. Refer to the cash drawer and receipt printer manuals to ensure compatibility. 

  • Before connecting, make sure the printer can be paired with POS with bills and print receipts option in settings. 
  • On the receipt printer, look for the cash drawer socket 
  • Plugin the cash drawer cable to the socket 
  • Turn on the printer and ring up sales with the given POS software. When you finish the sale, the cash drawer will open automatically. 

Cash drawer also opens in the following cases – 

  • When you print a refund receipt for cash refund
  • When closing shifts to calculate final amount of cash 
  • When opening shifts to enter initial amount of cash 
  • When you perform ‘pay in’ and ‘payout’ to store money and take from the drawer
  • When you will use the option ‘print test’ to test the connection to your printer with POS software 

Can I Open Cash Drawer without Sale?

You can open a cash drawer without even making a sale by setting the right. Simply go to the Employee section and “Access Rights”. Now open the group to edit. Now you can enable opening the cash drawer in the POS section. Save the progress. In the Menu option, you can tap on the “Open Cash Drawer” button. It is displayed when a printer is connected with the “Print Receipts” option. 

What is an IP Camera? How to Set Up a Network Camera?

 network IP camera

network IP camera

Network IP cameras have several IP cameras connected to a Digital Video Recorder or Network Video Recorder over a network. The network IP camera sends video footage and other info in digital form to the NVR through a network cable. The NVR records stream from cameras for motion alerts and playback. They are also known as NVR camera systems as they are widely used with network recorders. 

Is an internet connection required for IP Camera? 

No, internet connection is not required for an IP camera. Local Area Network is a computer network used by IP systems. It is PoE switch and NVR. The Internet is required only when you need to access the footage remotely over the web. 

What do you need to set up an IP Security Camera?

  • PoE Switch 

PoE Switch is the heart of the entire network which transmits data between recorder and cameras. Transmitting and powering data needs networking equipment from IP cameras. The 12V DC adaptors power up the IP cameras near the installation point. PoE technology can be used in PoE switch which provides data and power over one cable and from one device. 

  • Security Camera Recorder 

If you are seeking a central location to record, manage, download and playback recorded video, a security camera recorder is the heart and brain of surveillance systems. An IP camera, the recorder can be of any NVR or DVR. To establish a system with only PoE cameras, it is advised to use NVR. It offers superior compatibility with video analytics. 

  • IP Security Cameras 

Of course, IP security cameras are the main aspects of camera systems. They can capture video and send the same to NVR with PoE switch. The PoE and IP cameras have pigtail for PoE connectivity with RJ45 connector and 12v DC connector. You can ignore the 12V DC connector if you are using PoE switch as it is used only in installation where you cannot access the PoE power. Be sure to protect pigtails when it comes to installing an IP camera. All IP cameras have a weather boot to secure the RJ45 connector. 

  • CAT5e/CAT6 Network Cable 

It is very vital to use quality network cable for proper data transmission and power supply between PoE switch, cameras, and NVR. You can find a lot of cable grades. It is always advised to use full copper CATe cable for around 150ft runs. 

  • ISP Router/Modem for Remote Viewing 

Internet router is the last component to set up IP camera. You may have a modem, internet router or both provided by your ISP. A router binds the whole network together and data is routed between recorders, switches, and computers on the LAN network. The router connects the cameras to the internet so you can view remotely. 

How POS Touch Screen Helps Employees to Boost Productivity?

POS Touch Screen

Touch-based POS systems are highly advanced to enable your employees to ring up sales with touch screen. It consists of a keyboard, mouse, and POS software to make checkout more efficient, faster and accurate. 

POS touch system usually has the same components that you can find in standard restaurant or retail POS. The addition of touch screen is the main difference here. 

What are the main components of Touch POS?

Usually, touch POS systems consist of all the components in standard restaurant or retail POS. The addition of the touch screen is the key difference here. Touch POS consists of a PC with a scanner, POS software, and mouse/keyboard, a cash drawer, a receipt printer, and display to conduct transactions. 

How does POS Touch Screen Work?

POS touch screen uses different techniques and capacitive touch screen is the most popular approach. It consists of a metallic, thin, and transparent layer which updates and records the screen on the basis of change in the flow of electric current caused by human skin. Some touch screens also use piezoelectric effect. It is a relatively new technology in which voltage is generated by touching the screen. In the end, sensor arrays detect fingers in infrared-based approach, when it gets close to or move across the screen. In all methods, the system sends signals with the movements of the mouse. 

Some of the major benefits of the POS touch screen are ease of use, speed, and accuracy. In comparison to standard POS, these systems are a lot easier and faster. You don’t have to type the sale price or barcode of the item. So, it reduces human errors while improving speed. 

Choosing the Right POS Touch Screen Technology 

A touch screen is generally made of two glass sheets with some spacers or fillers between these layers. Screens are made of various fillers and materials like resistive, capacitive, infrared and surface acoustic waves. 

Resistive 

The resistive touch screen is the most common POS touch screen technology and it was developed over 10 years after the development of capacitive technology. It is made with a stiff bottom layer and top layer made of glass. The POS touch screen works on pressure of your stylus, pen, finger, or anything to physically interact with the screen. Pressure comes in between the current and signals the system to work on the area where it is touched. 

You can easily use a resistive touch screen wearing gloves in cold conditions or when health regulations or workplace safety is the prime concern. However, resistive screens don’t support sharp objects as they can damage the external surface. 

Capacitive Touch Screen 

It was creative in the 1960s and it was the first touch screen display technology. It uses your ability to work as an electric conductor. One glass panel has conductive material within. When the screen is touched, the electrical field is disrupted and a lot of processors signal the system about what system has to do next. 

Surface Acoustic Wave or SAW

These displays don’t have any conductive coating or metal. They have ultrasonic waves reflected by reflectors and transducers. When you touch the glass, it absorbs a part of the wave and detects touch. This POS technology offers great clarity and is also very sensitive to impurities and costly. Any oil or dirt can slow down the response time. 

Infrared 

This technology has been very popular among larger devices. A grid of LED beams is used in vertical and horizontal patterns for enhanced accuracy. It is known to have a very durable screen compared to a capacitive screen. It doesn’t need any conductive coating or surface. Keep in mind that dust and dirt can affect the functionality of the device.