The Epson TM-T88V is a highly reliable and easy to use POS printer that meets the strict ENERGYSTAR® guidelines set by the European Commission. This means that it is not only better for your budget, but it is also better for the environment.
Here is Hike’s How-To Guide for setting up your Epson TM-T88V for your Windows PC.
Before you get started you should ensure that you have all of the components that you need. This includes:
This set up requires two cables- a power cable for the printer and an ethernet cable that connects your printer to your internet router. The power cable should come with your printer, but you may need to purchase an ethernet cable from a local electronics store.
Your supplier may include some receipt rolls when you purchase the printer, but you should get a good stock of them ready for all of the transactions you will be processing! The TM-T88V requires 80mm rolls. Loading your rolls is simple, just open the latch on the top right of the printer, pop the roll inside and feed some of the paper through the slot before closing the lid.
Unless you conduct all of your payments online or over the phone then you will almost certainly need a cash drawer. Make sure you also remember to get your specialized cash drawer cable.
Unfortunately, Epson printers aren't configured to automatically connect to your network. Instead, you will need to change the network settings on your computer by configuring DHCP.
It can be a little bit daunting, particularly if you aren't that confident when it comes to technology. If you have a friend or family member who is, we recommend asking them to take a look for you to ensure that you have set up DHCP correctly.
Once your DHCP is set up (and you are breathing a sigh of relief!), you will need to create a test receipt as this contains the IP address you will need later. To get this, hold down the push button on the back of the printer for approximately 4 seconds. Then printer should come to life, printing out the network settings, with an IP address clearly listed up the top of the text.
If the IP address on the settings receipt says NONE, then your printer is not properly connected to the internet. Quickly check the cable connecting the printer and the router as it can sometimes come loose, and then try again.
Adding the printer to your Windows PC
Now you need to add the Epson TM-T88V as a printer option on your PC. To get your printer set up and ready to start printing there are just three areas that need to be addressed.
- Installing the Epson drivers
- Installing your Epson TM-T88V
- Printing on Hike using your Epson
Step One: Installing the drivers
Printer software, otherwise known as drivers, is essential for your PC to be able to communicate with your Epson printer. Once it has been installed, you will be able to print labels directly from Hike.
You can get the drivers for your Epson TM-T88V from the Epson website. Just select the option that says Windows Printer Driver.
Then click on download page on the latest file and simply scroll down and click to confirm the download. In the left-hand corner of the window, you should be able to see the download beginning.
Once it has finished, go to your downloads folder, right-click on the file and select the option extract all.
If for some reason you still can't find the download, go to windows explorer and select downloads from the list. The download should also appear at the bottom of the screen if you are running Google Chrome.
Once you have extracted the file, a folder will automatically open. Double click on the install and follow the instructions
Once everything is complete, you should see a pop-up installation box. You can close this down as you are ready to move on to the next step!
Installing your Epson Printer
The next step involves registering your printer with your computer so that it recognises it. To do this you need to:
Navigate to Program Files (x86) > EPSON > EPSON Advanced Printer Driver 5 and select PrinterReg.
Alternatively, you can search your computer for PrinterReg by using the search apps function.
This will take you to the printer setup screen where you will need to put in the following information:
Model: Choose Epson TM-T88V
Name: Type in your preferred name for your printer or leave it as the default option
Port Type: Set this to Ethernet
Port: Leave this as Auto Setup
IP Address: Here is where you will need the IP address which you saved earlier on. If you have lost it, you can simply repeat the procedure and run a test print in order to retrieve it.
Once you have filled out the fields listed above, click save settings and another test receipt will print out to confirm that everything has been set up correctly.
Printing on Hike with your Epson TM-T88V
Now the installation is complete, you can start using your Epson TM-T88V to print your Hike POS receipts, which is easily done in just a few small steps.
- Go to theCompleted Sale tab and choose a sale
- Click on a line to view receipt.
- Choose the receipt template that you would prefer to use and PRINT
You will then automatically be redirected to the print preview screen where you can see exactly what your first receipt will look like. Don't forget to make sure your default printer is set to the Epson!
Setting up your Cash Drawer
If you are a bricks and mortar store, then you will almost certainly need to set up your cash drawer. It connects to your receipt printer by a cable very similar to an ethernet cable, and is triggered to open when you complete a cash or cheque sale and the receipt is printer by your new Epson TM-T88V.
Of course there may also be times when you need to manually open the cash drawer, for example to cash up at the end of the day, or to deal with change. You can manually open the cash drawer by clicking CTRL & E, or by performing a test sale.
Setting up the cash drawer can be done in just a matter of minutes.
- Plug the connector cable in so that it runs from the cash drawer to the receipt printer.
- Go to the devices and printers window on your computer.
- Right-click on your receipt printer, select printing preferences and then peripherals.
- Once in here change the peripheral unit type to cash drawer.
- Select, End of Document and click Open on both Cash Drawer #1 and Cash Drawer #2
- Apply these settings and test it out by performing a test sale.
That's it! You should now be ready to start processing transactions and printing receipts using your new Epson TM-T88V printer.