The Star SP 700 printer is an impact dot matrix printer. Unlike thermal printers, the SP 700’s printouts are not discolored by heat, so these printers are especially well-suited to printing in hot areas like kitchens. Since impact printers can be noisy, we recommend using them for order tickets in the back of the house to avoid disturbing the restaurant.
The Star SP 700 supports a red and black ink ribbon and therefore supports the POS Configurations setting Print sub-items in red.
What you'll need
Before setting up your printer, ensure you have the following equipment:
The Ethernet Cable is not included with your shipment and you'll need to order it separately. Ensure that your Ethernet cable is long enough to reach your internet router from the printer.
Setting up the Star SP 700
Connecting the printer to a network and power supply
To connect your printer, you'll need its power cable and an Ethernet cable.
The printer must be plugged into the same router that provides internet access for your POS device so that both of your devices are on the same network.
- Plug the power cord into the printer.
- Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical power supply, such as a wall outlet.
- Connect the Ethernet cable to the printer port labeled ‘100/10 BASE’.
- Plug the other end into an Ethernet port on your router.
Inserting the ink ribbon
- On the ink ribbon cassette, turn the knob clockwise and make sure the ribbon is tight to prevent the ribbon from twisting as the cassette is inserted into the printer.
- Open the front cover of the printer.
- Insert the ink ribbon cassette (knob facing upward) so the ribbon is behind the printhead, facing the paper feed. Press down on the cassette, and it will click once it’s secure.
- Once in place, twist the knob on the cassette again to ensure the ribbon is as tight as possible.
- Close the front cover.
Inserting a paper roll
- Open the rear printer cover by pushing the lever on the right side away from you. Lift the lid.
- Insert the paper roll so that the end feeds from the bottom. While doing so, ensure the paper roll stays tight and doesn’t unroll.
- Pull the paper out past the cutter at the front of the printer.
- Push the cover down to snap it shut.
- Test the printer by turning it on and pressing the Feed button to ensure that it feeds paper as expected. Once it starts printing, release Feed and tear off any excess paper.
Finding the printer’s IP address
To connect your printer and POS, you will need the IP address of the printer on your network. To find the IP address, print the self-test page:
- Turn the printer off.
- Hold down the Feed button.
- While continuing to hold Feed, turn the power on.
- Wait for the device to start printing, then release Feed.
- Once the first page has finished printing, press Feed once more to finish.
The bottom of the self-test page will show Current IP Parameters. Hang on to this page and note the IP Address, which will be used later.
If Current IP Parameters says the IP address is 0.0.0.0, the printer couldn’t establish a network connection. Check that the Ethernet cable securely connects your printer and router, or try a different Ethernet port on your router and repeat the steps above.
Adding the printer to Restaurant Manager
Before adding your printer to Restaurant Manager, make sure your iPad is connected to the same network as your printer. Once both your iPad and printer are on the same network:
- Log in to Restaurant Manager using your Lightspeed Restaurant credentials.
- From the navigation menu, select Printing > Printers.
- Select Add New Printer in the top right.
- Give the printer a name (we recommend naming it after its function or location, e.g., Star SP 700 printer or Kitchen Printer). Optional: give the printer a description.
- Choose the type and model of printer from the drop-down menus.
- Enter the printer’s IP address into the relevant field.
Note: For Lightspeed Restaurant to connect with your printer, the printer’s assigned IP address (obtained in section 4) must always match the IP address entered in Restaurant Manager.
- Click Save to finish.
Printing a test receipt
With the above steps complete, log in to the Lightspeed Restaurant app, reload your configuration, and print a test receipt to ensure your printer is connected.
- In the Restaurant POS App, tap the Status Preview tab (four dots on the navigation bar).
- Tap the reload icon to sync the device with the latest Back Office configuration.
- From the main screen, select your user profile.
- Tap Settings on the navigation bar.
- Tap Printing center.
- Find the name of the printer you’d like to print a test receipt from.
- Tap Print test.
Once you’ve printed a test receipt, you’re ready to start using your Star SP 700 LAN printer to print tickets from your POS device.
If your test receipt didn't print, or you're having issues setting up your printer, follow these troubleshooting steps:
- Turn the printer off and unplug it.
- Wait a few moments then plug the printer back in and turn it on.
- Check that the ink cartridge and paper roll have been correctly inserted by following the steps above.
- Check that the printer and your iPad are on the same network, and that the IP address is not 0.0.0.0. If it is, follow these steps to get the correct IP address.
- Check that the printer has been set up with the correct IP address and driver in Restaurant Manager.
Still not working? Please contact our Support Department.
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