Set up a thermal ticket printer

Table of contents
  1. 1. Direct:
  2. 2. JetDirect:
  3. 3. USB/Parallel
  4. 4. Software Setup

 

The Pleasant Tickets system supports the Datamax S-3210 printer, connected either directly via LPT, or over a network with an HP JetDirect device.

 

Direct:

If your PC has a parallel port designated LPT1 (the default), connect the printer directly to it with a parallel printer cable.

 

JetDirect:

If your PC does not have an LPT port, or you wish to share the printer in a network, this method is suggested.  Connect the printer to the JetDirect device with a parallel cable, and connect the JetDirect device to your network with an ethernet cable.  Power up the JetDirect.

You then need to set up the printer as a network printer, share it, and then map LPT1 to it.

  1. Find the name of the JetDirect-connected printer.  You may be able to connect by name (JETDIRECT1020 or similar), or you may have to use it's IP address.  (The latter can likely be retrieved from the local router).
  2. Install the printer by going through the "Add Printer" wizard using the network connected path.  For the hostname / IP, use the information from step 1.  For the printer type, you can use Generic / Text Only, or some other basic printer type.  (The driver will be bypassed durign normal use)
  3. Share the printer as "Thermal" or some other short, basic name with no spaces.
  4. At a command prompt, run the command: 

net use lpt1 \\<COMPUTERNAME>\<PRINTERSHARENAME>

If other users are on the network, they can use the same command prompt line without the printer setup, provided that the initial PC is always on.

 

USB/Parallel

If your PC does not have an LPT port, or you wish to share the printer in a network, this method is suggested.  Connect the printer to the computer device with a parallel cable, and ensure your computer is attached your network with an ethernet cable.  Power up the JetDirect.

You then need to set up the printer as a network printer, share it, and then map LPT1 to it.

  1. Find the name of the connected printer. You may be able to connect by name, or you may have to use it's IP address.
  2. Install the printer by going through the "Add Printer" wizard using the network connected path.  For the hostname / IP, use the information from step 1.  For the printer type, you can use Generic / Text Only, or some other basic printer type.  (The driver will be bypassed durign normal use)
  3. Share the printer as "Thermal" or some other short, basic name with no spaces.
  4. At a command prompt, run the command: 

net use lpt1 \\<COMPUTERNAME>\<PRINTERSHARENAME>

If other users are on the network, they can use the same command prompt line without the printer setup, provided that the initial PC is always on.

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