Star TSP 100/ TSP 143 LAN Setup for Mac
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to install a Star TSP100LAN or TSP143LAN for Mac. The instructions are the same for both models, and will refer to TSP143 from hereon.
In order to set up your receipt printer with your Mac you’ll first need to make sure you have all the peripherals needed.
You will need a power cable for the printer and an ethernet cable to plug the printer into your internet router. If you don’t already have an ethernet cable ask your printer supplier to include one when you buy the printer or pick one up from your local electronics store.
Make sure you’ve got some 80mm receipt rolls ready to go. To load your receipt roll open the latch on the top right of the printer, place the roll inside and pull some of the paper through before closing the lid.
Cash Drawer (Optional):
You may also wish to set up your cash drawer at the same time, to do this you’ll need a specialized cash drawer cable. This is similar looking to an ethernet cable but is smaller on one end.
Before getting started:
Before getting started, it’s a good idea to test out the printer. We’ll also need the test receipts for setting up the printer.
To perform a hardware self-test on your printer:
- Turn it OFF
- Hold the feed button down and turn the power back ON at the same time
- Release the feed button. This will print out two test receipts.
At the bottom of the second page, it will show ‘Current IP Parameters Status’.
Hang on to this page or make a note of the IP Address.
Your IP address will be different to the one listed in the picture above.
1. Downloading and installing the Star driver:
First off, we need to download the latest printer drivers for your computer. This is specialised software that helps the printer run correctly on your computer. To get this head over to Star’s website http://www.starmicronics.com/ and search for the Printer Drivers, for the settings below:
Product Type: Thermal
Printer Family: TSP100
Printer Model: TSP100LAN
Operating System: Mac OS X
Next select Drivers and pick ‘futurePRNT V6.0 Lite’ under Recommended to download the driver.
When this download is completed, open the file to extract it.
Checkpoint: Not sure where to find the download? Go to Finder and select ‘Downloads’ from the left-hand list. The download will also appear at the bottom of Google Chrome, click the arrow here and select show in folder.
- Next, open the extracted folder and navigate to Mac -> CUPS -> Documents and double click the ‘starcupsdrv’ file.
This will create a new folder. Open this and go to drivers. Double-click the .pkg file here and follow the install guide instructions.
2. Installing your Star Printer:
Now that this is complete you’ll need to install the printer on your Mac.
- Navigate to ‘System Preferences’ and open ‘Printers and Scanners’.
- Here, use the plus in the bottom left corner and click add printer or scanner.
This will open up a new window where you’ll need to put in some information. Select IP along the top and follow the instructions below to fill out the form correctly:
- Address: This is where you need to put in your printer’s IP address. To find this locate the IP Address field on your receipt print out
- Protocol: Select ‘Line Printer Daemon – LPD’ from the dropdown
- Queue: Leave this blank
- Name: This is an optional field but if you’d like to customize the name of your receipt put it in here.
- Location: Leave this blank
- Use: Pick ‘Select Software…’ from the dropdown. This will open up a new window. Search for Star in the top right, locate ‘Star TSP100 Cutter’ and click OK.
Once you’ve put in all this information click ‘Add’. Your printer should now be set up and ready to go!
3. Printing on Hike with Star:
Now that your Star is installed you can start using it to print your receipts in Hike.
To perform a test print:
- Head over to the History tab and click on a sale.
- Click view receipt
- Pick the receipt template you'd like to use and click ‘print’.
This will take you to the print preview screen. If the Star is not your default printer, click ‘change’ and select the printer from the list.
You will also want to untick headers and footers and set the paper size to 72mm – 2000mm.
If you set your paper size to 72mm – 2000mm without disabling headers and footers, the printer will not auto cut at the main receipt
Once that’s been changed you should be able to print out a receipt.
Set up your Cash Drawer
Once you’ve got the printer all set up, you can connect up the cash drawer.
The cash drawer connects to your receipt printer and is triggered to open when you finish a cash or cheque sale and the receipt is printed by the printer.
You can manually open the cash drawer by clickingCommand + E if you are using the old Hike Sell Screen or by performing a test sale if you are using Register for Mac.
To setup the Cash Drawer:
- Plug the RJ12 connector cable (the one that looks similar to a phone line) from the cash drawer into the receipt printer.
- Head to the following URL: http://localhost:631/printers/. This will take you to CUPS. CUPS is a network printing service used by Mac computers. It allows you to setup your printers on a network, and customize options such as cash drawer setup.
Receive this screen?
Click here to learn how to enable CUPS for your computer.
- Once in CUPS, Select your printer model from the list below:
- Select from the drop down menu ‘Set Default Options’
- From here, select ‘Cash Drawer Control’, choose ‘Open Drawer 1 and 2’ under ‘Cash Drawer’ and click the ‘Set Default Options’ button below.
Your cash drawer should now be all set to go! You can test it out by clicking Command + E on your keyboard when in the old HikeÂ Sell Screen or by performing a test sale if you are using Register for Mac.