Barcode scanners, specialized receipt printers, cash drawers, and touch screen monitors are key components of most Point of Sale systems. Agvance supports a wide variety of POS hardware. Contact SSI support for assistance if you need help deciding what type of equipment is right for your business.
Bar Code Scanners are alternative keyboard entry devices used to scan barcode labels, and are crucial to accuracy at Point of Sale. Just like keyboards, any barcode scanner that is compatible with your operating system will work for Agvance.
Agvance provides the following Quick Ticket Receipt types:
- 8.5 x 11 Laser
- 8.5 x 5.5 Laser
- 8.5 x 5.5 Dot Matrix
- 40 Character Dot Matrix
- 4.4” Star Thermal (for the Star TSP800 - http://www.starmicronics.com/)
- 40 Character Plain text
- 8.5 x 5.5 Generic
SSI recommends a 40 character thermal receipt printer for POS use. This type of receipt printer is very fast, very quiet, and prints a professional-looking receipt.
SSI has tested the Epson TM-T88V thermal printer:
We recommend APG Cash drawers. There are three basic categories of cash drawers depending on how they connect to the POS computer:
Printer-Triggered (MultiPRO 320 Interface)
The cash drawer connects to the receipt printer, which triggers the drawer to open when a receipt prints. This is the most common configuration in currently available POS systems. In this case Agvance is only communicating with the receipt printer, so the cash drawer simply has to be compatible with the printer. We have tested APG Model VB320-BG1616 with the Epson TM-T88V thermal receipt printer. Other MultiPro 320 cash drawers that include “320” in the first part of the model number should also work. This drawer also works when Agvance is run in a Terminal Server session (Remote Desktop).
USB (554A Interface)
The cash drawer connects directly to the computer with a USB cable, and must be manually triggered to open. We have tested APG model VB554-BL1616-B5. Other USB cash drawers that include “554” in the first part of the model number should also work.
Note: This drawer will not open if Agvance is running in a Terminal Server session.
Serial (484 Interface)
Some older cash drawers connect to the point of sale computer with a serial cable. Many newer computers no longer include a serial port, but serial to USB adapters are available. We have tested APG model T484A-BL1616-M3. Other USB cash drawers that include “484” in the first part of the model number should also work. This interface may be the best option if you are not using a thermal receipt printer, and you are running Agvance in a Terminal Server session. View the Setup Instructions for APG Cash Drawer with 484A Serial Interface here.
Various APG cash drawers can be seen here: http://www.cashdrawer.com/configurator/