- The Retail Solution
There are only a few.
Almost any new PC hardware will work with our software. The only real
restriction is the operating system: It must be Windows 98* or greater.
Although any modern PC will
run The Retail Solution adequately, a machine with a faster processor and
more RAM will obviously improve performance, to a point. The difference
between a low-end and mid-range PC will be quite evident, but the
improvement from a mid-range to high-end system will probably not be
For other types of
hardware, we do have a few general guidelines:
are preferred. They are a lot easier to set up, and they are faster
than serial printers. This applies to both receipt and invoice
Switch boxes are
not recommended. A better solution is to add a second parallel port
to the computer, and run the receipt printer through LPT1, and your
invoice printer through LPT2. A parallel port costs about the same
amount as a switch box, and is more reliable.
Wedge scanners are
recommended. If you have a different type of scanner (such as a USB
scanner), it has to be able to perform ‘keyboard emulation’ in
order to work in TRS.
A cash drawer that
hooks up to the receipt printer is recommended: You can get a cash
drawer that connects directly into your computer, but it’s easier
to configure when the cash drawer hooks directly into the receipt
printer. It also frees up a COM port for use by other hardware.
NOTE: It’s a good idea to purchase the cash drawer and receipt
printer from the same vendor.
PC. We support any Pocket PC with a Strong-ARM or PXA255
(X-Scale) microprocessor running Windows CE or Windows 2002.
For example: HP iPAQ 2900 series (an optional barcode scanner from
Socket Systems could be added) or Symbol PPT 2800 series.
* While our software will run on Windows NT/2000 without a problem,
it may be more difficult to locate POS hardware drivers.