Hardware Setup



(Brian Henderson): Hi. I’m Brian Henderson of Wash-Dry-Fold POS, and my family’s business, Liberty Laundry. What I’m showing off today is some brand new hardware that we’ll be selling as part of the Point of Sale System for Laundromats. Let’s open it up and check it out. Inside of the box with the ION TP5 all-in-one terminal, is going to be two additional packages. A small cardboard box and a small Ziploc bag containing the power cord, some thermal receipt paper for testing purposes, as well as an RJ45 Serial Adapter, which that particular component is not going to be used in your Point of Sale set up, but it’s good additional hardware to have. You can see attached to the screen is a quick start guide which honestly makes this video redundant, but I’m nothing if not thorough. You just simply follow that step-by-step, also as well follow this video and you’ll be on the right track. Peel off the saran wrap-type covering on the screen, go ahead and tilt the monitor down, and then move on to the next step, which is going to be adding the magnetic stripe credit card reader. If you purchase this, this is an additional add on and it should come in a separate box, simply open it up. It will be in the same box along with your cash draw cable, which actually connects the cash draw to the thermal receipt printer, which is what’s actually connected to the computer.

The computer opens the cash drawer through the thermal receipt printer. This is a pretty standard set up for Point of Sale Systems. The magnetic stripe reader should also come with a small Ziploc back with two very small screws, which are used to fasten the credit card reader into place on the side of the monitor. Go ahead and lay the all-in-one computer face down and open up the right side panel and then connect the magnetic stripe reader. Now this is the only one small delicate part of this procedure, so be very careful with this. Fortunately, it’s only a one-time thing, you’ll never have to mess with this again. I guess that’s not so bad. Use the two small screws to then fasten it into place. Now that’s finished. You can simply tilt the whole unit back up and turn it around. Check to make sure that the magnetic stripe reader is secured in place. The back panel will lift off just straight up and out. This gives you access to the hidden connector ports on the underside of the unit and you can simply tilt that back down. Again, you can use that quick start guide that came with the unit to make sure everything’s connected where it’s suppose to go.

The power cord has a flat side. Make sure that that’s pointing towards the unit and then secure the power cable into the little hook that’s provided to keep every thing nice and tidy. Next is going to be your internet network connection cable, also known as a CAT5 Ethernet cable, also known as a LAN connection. They all mean the same thing. It’s basically a hard wired connection to your router for internet access. Then finally, there’s your cash drawer cable, which then connects to your cash drawer, so we’ll do that next. Now that we’ve got everything connected, notice that there’s three additional USB ports, which you could use for a mouse and keyboard or anything else you want to connect. The back panel then simply snaps back into place.

Now we access the cash drawer. The cash drawer is made from steel construction. It’s pretty heavy, so be careful when lifting it out of the box, don’t drop it. There’s an additional Ziploc bag that comes with instructions and an additional bill divider and also keys that work for the drawer to operate it manually or to lock it and to open it in the case of a power failure. Those are pretty important keys, so don’t lose them, keep them in a safe, secure place. Also, make sure to remove the tape that holds it down during shipping. Turn the cash drawer over, connect the other end of the cash drawer cable, and your hardware is pretty much set up at this point in time. You can now put the cash drawer wherever you need it to be. There’s also additional cash drawer mounts if you care to purchase those to mount the cash drawer underneath your counter top. The thermal receipt paper fits into the integrated thermal receipt printer. Make sure that it goes over the top of the roll and then simply click it into place.

You can then tilt your monitor back down and turn on the unit. The power button is located just on the left-hand side under neath the front edge of the unit. I edited this down just for speed, but the unit really does boot up very quickly. It’s a full capacitive touch screen meaning it supports multi-touch up to 10 inputs at a time and pinching and zooming and all those are for multi-touch things. Here I am demonstrating the software of Cash Register Express just to give you an idea what it looks like. Now, how to actually use the software, well you’ll have to watch my other videos to see that. I guess that’s a good thing. Hey, thanks for watching. You got everything working.

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  • Brian Henderson May 18, 2016   Reply →

    I just realized at 0:36 there’s a “don’t use a razor blade to open this” sign on the side of the box. Ha! Oh well… 😀

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