Hardware (How To)

Microcom Printer   Top

Convert to USB   Top

Microcom Printers purchased through Artsman are configured for ethernet printing using FGL. To print using USB the printer settings need to be updated and Windows drivers installed. Attach the USB cable, included with shipping, to the printer.

Select Config Menu
Once the display is active the option to select the Config Menu will be available.

Select Printer Mode
The Printer Mode defines how the printer interprets the information received for printing.

Select IMAGE
Move the bullet from the default FGL setting to IMAGE.

Select Save
The configuration will now be saved to the printer.

Select Reboot
This will begin the reboot cycle which may take up to a minute to complete.

Review Display
Once the printer reboots the display will update to show IMAGE Mode.

Install Drivers   Top

Connect the Power and USB Cables
The USB cable shipped with the printer.

Power On the Printer
The power switch is located at the back of the printer just above the power cable.

Connect the USB Cable to the Computer
Windows should detect the USB and install the Microsoft CDC USB driver. The printer will show up as COM 3 (if not already in use) under Device Manager COM and LPT ports.

Download the Printer Driver
Navigate to the Microcom Corporation drivers page, select a printer, and download the driver.

Run the Driver Installer
Install the Windows driver for the 485T or TC 203dpi Cutter model. The installer should detect the printer and select the COM port.

Restart the Computer
Once the driver installation is complete restart the computer.

Connect the Printer to the Computer
Connect the USB cable from the printer to the computer.

Practical Automation   Top

Install Drivers   Top

When a Windows driver is required for a Practical Automation printer configured to use an ethernet connection, use a Generic/Text Only driver. Navigate to Bluetooth & Devices and follow the steps below:

Select Printers & Scanners
Choose the printers & scanners option to view existing devices and add a new printer.

Click the Add Device Button
Windows will search the network for available printers. The Practical Automation printer is not detectable and will require manual entry.

Click Add Manually
This setting will take a few moments to appear. Use the add manually option to access the driver setup wizard.

Select Add a Printer Using an IP Address or Hostname
Practical Automation printers purchased through Artsman will be configured with an ethernet adapter. The driver will use the static IP address assigned to the printer. Select the IP address or hostname option anc click the next button.

Enter the Device Settings
Enter the following settings:

  • Device Type: TCP/IP Device
  • Hostname or IP Address: Static IP assigned to the printer
  • Port Name: PA Printer

Click the next button.

Select Custom and Click Settings
Practical Automation printers use a custom printer port. Clicking the settings button will access the port settings and allow for defining the port.

Enter the Port Number
Update the port number field to 10001 and click the OK button.

Select Generic / Text Only
Practical Automation printers do not use custom drives to communicate with the printer. Select the generic / text online option and click the next button.

Select Use The Driver That Is Currently Installed
Additional drivers are not required. Choose the currently installed option and click the next button.

Enter a Printer Name
The printer name will be displayed under Windows Printers & Scanners. Assign a name that clearly represents the printer and click the next button.

Select Do Not Share This Printer
The printer does not require sharing as it will be accessible across the network using the IP address. Select not to share the printer and click the next button.

Click Finish
The printer is now configured. The print test page button can be used to generate a test ticket. The test ticket will appear as overlapping text. When testing is finished click the finish button.