While we do not sell any POS Hardware ourselves, in order to help you easily find the right POS Hardware that is fully compatible to our POS Software and avoid the rare POS Hardware that isn’t compatible, in here we have compiled a list of the POS Hardware requirements for all categories, as well as a list of some POS Hardware retailers that are very familiar with our POS software and its requirements.
What to buy:
PC Computer Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP [ServicePack 2], Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Processor: 400 MHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Minimum); 1GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Recommended)
RAM: 96 MB (Minimum); 256 MB (Recommended)
Hard Disk: 280 MB (Minimum); 850 MB (Recommended)
Display: 1024 x 600, 256 colors (Minimum); 1024 x 768 high color, 32-bit (Recommended)
Barcode Scanner Requirements
Technically speaking all the USB and PS2 barcode scanners work with our software, just watch out and do not buy any serial port barcode scanners because this is a very old standard, therefore these scanners would be very old or from an old stock. Almost all of the USB and PS2 barcode scanners come with no drivers because they are plug-and-play compatible, but if you run into some that require drivers make sure they include Windows compatible drivers. As long as you purchase brand new equipment you should not have any problems and our software works with all of them.
Receipt Printer Requirements
There are hundreds of printers you can choose from, our software works great with most brands like POS-X, Epson, Ithaca, Samsung, Star and many, many others.
Make sure your printer, regardless if purchased new or used, comes with Windows drivers, since our software is a 100% Windows software, it only works with properly installed Windows compatible devices, so just make sure this printer works for your version of Windows and it comes with its factory original Windows drivers.
Another thing to consider, if you are interested in an electronic cash drawer in the future, you must make sure that this printer will be capable of opening a cash drawer and when you purchase this cash drawer you must make sure it is compatible to this printer.
Be careful, the lower priced and most affordable receipt printers are usually good just for out-dated Windows versions…
Many older printer models are sold at a very low and affordable price (they may be even new printers – but old model years), however their drivers and these printers are only capable of running on Windows 7 or Windows XP or some other older operating system and if you have a newer operating system, like Windows 8 or 10, then you will not be able to use that printer unless you find some-kind of general aftermarket driver for your Windows version. However, while that quick-fix will make that printer “barely work” on your Windows, it will not work well with our software (our software requires factory original drivers, in order to work well with the printer). So just make sure the printer comes with factory original drivers and that those drivers and that printer model, can be installed with its original out-of-the-box factory drivers on your exact version of Windows.
Also pay attention to the architecture of your Windows, whether it is 32bit or 64bit, because too many of the “affordable” printer models still selling out there, come with drivers only capable of running on 32bit Windows, so if you have a 64bit Windows, that will be a big problem. To put it in simpler terms, when you see a great deal on a receipt printer, simply make sure that this printer works out of the box, with the factory provided drivers, on your exact Windows version – that is all [too many times these great deals cannot work on anything newer than Windows 7 – 32bit, which means big problems for you if you have let’s say Windows 8 – 64bit].
Cash Drawer Requirements
Please note that in order to use/operate an electronic cash drawer (to have it open automatically on sales), you must have a receipt printer that is compatible to that cash drawer because the electronic cash drawers for “Point of Sale” systems do not connect to the PC but are connected to and controlled by a receipt printer. That is why it is always recommended that you purchase the cash drawer and the receipt printer together; to make sure they are fully compatible to each other and that the cash drawer connects to the printer (not the PC).
Magnetic Stripe Reader Requirements
This device is very handy and has many uses:
a) Swiping credit cards for customer’s purchases (instead of manually entering every digit of information from every single card); Keep in mind that many credit card processors nowadays require a special card reader that is only provided by their company and specially encrypted only for their solution, so that they increase credit card processing security and stop fraud/theft. So talk to your processor before buying a standard card reader which may not be compatible with them.
b) Swiping security clearance cards (manager’s passwords can be impressed on magnetic cards);
c) Swiping employee security clearance / log in / time clock cards (employee’s ID # can be impressed on magnetic cards).
Technically speaking all the USB and PS2, “3 Track” magnetic card readers work with our software, just watch out and do not buy any serial port magnetic card readers because this is a very old standard, therefore these readers would be very old or from an old stock. Even if the USB and PS2 , “3 Track” magnetic card reader comes with no drivers because they are plug-and-play compatible, this shouldn’t be a problem at least for credit card reading, but if you run it to some that require drivers make sure they include Windows compatible drivers. As long as you purchase brand new equipment you should not have any problems and our software works with all of them.
Barcode Printer Requirements
Even though many smaller companies do not use this device, because the task of printing barcodes can be accomplished with a regular printer with good printing quality capabilities, some more professional businesses prefer to have a special barcode printer. This provides a higher quality barcode printing (assures barcode scanning from the first attempt, without many problems) and eliminates the need of manually cutting the barcode from the regular printer’s page and wasting paper that has only a portion of it printed in barcodes and a large unused portion for disposal. Just like a standard printer, there are no special needs or instructions for setting up barcode printers, you just purchase it and install it on your PC according to its manufacturer’s instructions and you are ready to use it and print professional barcode labels.
Touch Screen Monitor Requirements
Even though not necessary, if the mouse and keyboard slow you down, you can work faster utilizing a Touch-Screen monitor. Our software is fully compatible with any touchscreen monitor that is properly installed with its Windows drivers. The resolution needs to be 1024×600 or higher. Also, our software offers an on-screen keyboard for touchscreens.
Pole Display Requirements
Our software supports POLE DISPLAYS that are 100% Epson Compatible (work with EPSON POS D101 and EPSON POS D202 mode commands) with COM Port serial connection / interface or USB Serial connection interface of the type RS232 (not all USB devices are accepted, only RS232).
We recommend the POS-X pole displays (like the POS-X XP8200 models), as most compatible to our software and most thoroughly tested with our software or any other models and brands that actually support the EPSON POSD101 and EPSON POS D202 mode commands and work with COM Port serial connection / interface or USB Serial connection interface of the type RS232 (not all USB devices are accepted, only RS232).
Weigh Scale Requirements
Our software integrates with Weigh Scales that support the “ECR – NCI” Serial Communications Protocol, with COM Port serial connection / interface or USB Serial connection interface of the type RS232 (not all USB devices are accepted, only RS232).
We recommend those Weigh Scales that operate in either one of these two modes, as the compatible Weigh Scales to our software.
The “ECR – NCI” is a mode of work or protocol, not to be confused with a brand name (even though there is a NCI brand name weight scale manufacturer [and of course they support the “ECR – NCI” mode/protocol]).
So this mode of work or protocol (“ECR – NCI”) encompass many different brands and many models of weight scales.
You need to look for scales that have a setting/mode/protocol called “ECR – NCI”.
Also keep in mind that scales usually have more modes that they can work with and they are simply switched with a switch or through their software drivers, to set them or switch them from one to another mode (to select the mode you desire to use). So just because you have purchased a weight scale advertised to work in the mode that you need, it does not mean it will be set to that mode right out of the box for you. You may need to check which mode it is set to by the factory as default and you may need to switch it to the one you need (in our case”ECR – NCI” ).
Here are some other modes of work for scales (but these are NOT compatible to our software) :
8213 – (usually associated with the Sharp brand)
2250 – (usually associated with the Swintec brand)
TEC – MA-1535/1595 compatible (usually associated with the TEC brand)
ATT – (usually associated with the AT&T brand)
o4000 – (usually associated with the Olympia brand)
Now we are not telling you to stay away from these brands, because usually the weight scales from these brands will also have 5-6 modes of work that they are compatible with and you just need to make sure they are set to “ECR – NCI” and that “ECR – NCI” is an option.