Psion Teklogix PrintAbout MP2000 Operator`s manual

PrintAbout
MP2000 Series
Operator’s Manual
Psion Teklogix Corporation
3000 Kustom Drive
Hebron, KY 41048
800-322-3437
www.psionteklogix.com
Psion Teklogix, Rev. C
FCC Part 15 Class B
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try too correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
This equipment complies with Canadian and FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. This equipment is in direct contact with the body of the user under normal operating conditions.
This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
Part 15.21 Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Psion Teklogix, Inc. could void the
user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Bluetooth Equipped Models:
For units equipped with an OEM Serial Port Adapter from connectBlue, reference FCC ID: PVH070101. For
units equipped with a Psion Teklogix, Inc. Bluetooth module, reference FCC ID: B9J-0213900444.
Wi-Fi Equipped Models:
This equipment contains an OEM Wireless LAN Node Module from DPAC Technologies with FCC ID:
RTTABDB-SEDP. This device has shown compliance with the conducted emissions limits in 15.107, 15.207,
or 18.307 adopted under FCC 02-157 (ET Docket 98-80).
Battery Disposal
Only dispose of used batteries according to your local regulations. If you do not know your local
regulations, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a non-profit organization
created to promote recycling of rechargeable batteries. For more information visit www.rbrc.org.
Acknowledgments:
Psion Teklogix is a registered trademark of Psion Teklogix, Inc.
Bluetooth is registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
Printek is a registered trademark of Printek, Inc.
O’Neil is a trademark of O’Neil Product Development, Inc.
Zebra and ZPL-II are registered trademarks of Zebra Technologies
Palm OS is a trademark of PalmSource, Inc.
PrintBoy is a registered trademark of Bachmann Software
PrinterCE is a registered trademark of Fieldsoftware Products
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
© 2004 - 2008 By Psion Teklogix Corporation, 3000 Kustom Drive, Hebron, KY 41048. All rights reserved.
This manual is based on printer firmware version 3.2. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Read all setup and operating instructions before proceeding with operation.
Do not operate in an enclosure unless properly ventilated. Make sure no ventilation openings are blocked or
obstructed, which may result in the printer overheating.
Do not operate near a heat source.
Lesen Sie vor der Inbetriebnahme die Aufbau- und Bedienungsanleitung.
Betreiben Sie den Drucker nicht in einem kleinen, geschlossenen Raum, es sei denn dieser wird ordnungsgemäß
belüftet. Achten Sie darauf, dass die Lüftungen nicht blockiert oder versperrt sind, denn dies kann zum
Überhitzen des Druckers führen.
Nehmen Sie den Drucker nicht in der Nähe einer Wärmequelle in Betrieb.
No user-serviceable parts inside. Refer service or repairs to a qualified service
professional.
Use of genuine Psion Teklogix replacement parts is required to warrant proper, safe operation.
Any alteration or modification of this device voids the user warranty and may make the product unsafe to
operate.
The print head and motors get hot during use. Wait until they cool before touching them.
Make certain the printer is disconnected from AC power before removing any covers or performing any
required cleaning or maintenance.
Connecting this printer to an ungrounded receptacle can result in electrical shock.
Never place the printer near inflammable or explosive substances. Do not operate near liquid or spill liquid into
the printer at any time.
Enthält keine Teile, die vom Bediener instandgesetzt werden können. Bitte wenden Sie sich bei
Instandsetzung oder Reparatur an qualifiziertes Kundendienstpersonal.
Die Verwendung von echten Psion Teklogix Ersatzteilen ist notwendig, um ordnungsgemäßen, sicheren Betrieb
zu gewährleisten.
Änderungen oder Modifikationen dieses Geräts machen die Garantie ungültig und können den sicheren Betrieb
des Produkts gefährden.
Während des Druckens werden Druckerkopf und Motoren heiß. Warten Sie, bis sich die Teile abgekühlt haben,
bevor Sie sie berühren.
Vergewissern Sie sich, dass der Drucker nicht mehr an die Stromquelle angeschlossen ist, bevor Sie
Abdeckungen abnehmen oder das Gerät reinigen bzw. warten.
Schließen Sie diesen Drucker nicht an eine ungeerdete Steckdose an; dies kann zum Elektroschock führen.
Setzen Sie den Drucker niemals in die Nähe von feuer- oder explosionsgefährlichen Stoffen. Betreiben Sie den
Drucker nicht in der Nähe von Flüssigkeiten und lassen Sie keine Flüssigkeiten in den Drucker gelangen.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction ..........................................................................................................................................................1
Getting Started .....................................................................................................................................................3
Printer Features .................................................................................................................................................3
Battery Installation and Charging .....................................................................................................................3
Installing Media ................................................................................................................................................5
Turning the Printer On and Off.........................................................................................................................6
Performing A Printer Self Test .........................................................................................................................6
Removing Printer Output ..................................................................................................................................7
Host Interface Set Up........................................................................................................................................7
Using The Carrying Strap .................................................................................................................................8
Daily Operation ....................................................................................................................................................9
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................9
Control Panel ....................................................................................................................................................9
Battery Charging.............................................................................................................................................11
Using the Magnetic Card Reader ....................................................................................................................12
Printer Configuration ........................................................................................................................................13
Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................13
Setup Menu Summary ....................................................................................................................................13
Interface Menu ................................................................................................................................................15
Serial Interface ..........................................................................................................................................16
Bluetooth Interface....................................................................................................................................17
Wi-Fi Interface ..........................................................................................................................................18
Format Menu ..................................................................................................................................................21
Print All Logos In Memory ............................................................................................................................23
Options Menu .................................................................................................................................................23
Hardware Menu ..............................................................................................................................................25
Control Panel Setup ........................................................................................................................................25
Entering Setup ...........................................................................................................................................25
Using Setup ...............................................................................................................................................26
Exiting Setup .............................................................................................................................................26
Interfacing To A Host Computer ......................................................................................................................27
Serial Interface ................................................................................................................................................27
Bluetooth® Interface .......................................................................................................................................28
Wi-Fi® Interface..............................................................................................................................................29
Power Considerations ........................................................................................................................................31
Standby Operation ..........................................................................................................................................31
Auto Power Down ..........................................................................................................................................31
Operation Without A Battery ..........................................................................................................................31
Maintenance and Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................................33
Cleaning ..........................................................................................................................................................33
Battery Care ....................................................................................................................................................34
Charging the Battery .................................................................................................................................34
Additional Battery and Safety Information ...............................................................................................34
Testing the Power Supply and Battery ......................................................................................................35
Troubleshooting ........................................................................................................................................36
Error Conditions........................................................................................................................................36
Other Problems .........................................................................................................................................36
Obtaining Service ...........................................................................................................................................37
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Print & Font Samples .........................................................................................................................................39
Specifications.......................................................................................................................................................43
Printer Specifications ......................................................................................................................................43
Media Specifications.......................................................................................................................................45
Supplies and Accessories ................................................................................................................................46
Glossary of Terms...............................................................................................................................................47
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing a Psion Teklogix PrintAbout Series mobile thermal printer. The PrintAbout series
offers a variety of configurations to suit any printing environment.
The PrintAbout MP 2000 prints on receipt paper supplied in roll form up to 4.125 inches wide and include
“black mark” sensing capabilities on the printed side of the media. All models are equipped with a “Universal
Port” which supports cabled, serial communications using an optional RS-232C or USB cable. All models also
support an optional internal Bluetooth or Wi-Fi interface.
Each printer is shipped with a battery, a carrying strap, a Quick Start Guide, and one roll of receipt paper.
This manual has been written for systems administrators and end users and contains information needed for the
set up and everyday use of the printer. It also contains information regarding preventative maintenance and
how to obtain service if needed.
The information in this manual is arranged in the following sections:
Getting Started contains the minimum steps required to get the printer set up and able to communicate with
your host system.
Daily Operation describes additional activities that are likely to be encountered under normal operation.
Printer Configuration contains detailed information on all the features available in the Setup menus.
Interfacing To A Host Computer provides basic information related to connecting the printer to a computer via
a cabled serial connection or the optional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi interfaces.
Power Considerations provides information regarding operation on the internal battery or from an external
supply.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting contains information on how to care for your printer to keep it working at
peak performance. This section also includes a list of printer error conditions and suggestions on how to solve
problems.
Print & Font Samples offers examples of printed output and character mapping for standard fonts.
Specifications provides detailed information regarding performance, media specifications, and options available
for your PrintAbout series printer.
Glossary of Terms is a reference for terminology used within this manual and in the computer and printer
industry.
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Getting Started
Printer Features
Before preparing your new PrintAbout for use, please refer to Figure 1 and familiarize yourself with the
locations of the various features of the printer.
Tear Bar
Paper Door
Release Lever
Paper Door
Battery
Right Side
Of Printer
Control Panel
Universal Port Cover
Carrying Strap
Power Connector
Figure 1 - Printer Features
Battery Installation and Charging
The battery for your PrintAbout printer is shipped in an “uncharged” state. The battery must be charged using
the following instructions prior to using the printer for the first time. Maximum battery capacity is not reached
until after completing a minimum of three complete charge and discharge cycles.
Please refer to Figure 2. Install the battery by first placing the end of the battery where the battery contacts are
located into the printer, and then press down on the end where the release lever is located until the lever “snaps”
into place.
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Getting Started
Release Lever
Battery Contacts
Figure 2 - Battery Installation
To charge the battery, connect an optional power supply to the appropriate input source, and then connect the
output of the power supply to the printer’s Power Connector at the location shown in Figure 3. The Battery
Indicator will turn on and remain on until the battery is fully charged. This may take up to 2½ hours.
Note: You must charge the battery for at least 2½ hours prior to the first use.
Caution: Use only Psion Teklogix power supplies designed specifically for your PrintAbout printer. Using a
different power supply may cause damage to the printer and will not be covered by the printer’s
warranty. Psion Teklogix power supplies are available for use with 100-240VAC/50-60Hz and
for12/24VDC vehicle applications.
Power Connector
Battery Indicator
Figure 3 - Power Connector & Battery Indicator
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Getting Started
Installing Media
Each printer comes supplied with a roll of receipt paper.
Note: For maximum performance and optimum print quality, use only genuine Psion Teklogix media in
your PrintAbout printer.
To install media, you must release the paper door by moving the Paper Door Release Lever in the direction
shown in Figure 4 and then lift the paper door to expose the paper compartment.
Paper Door
Release Lever
Figure 4 - Opening Paper Door
Unroll a small portion of the paper as shown, place the roll into the printer, and close the Paper Door. If the
printer is turned on, you may now press the Paper Feed Button to advance the paper and then tear it off in
preparation for printing.
Note: If you need to use a paper width other than what was supplied with your printer, please refer to
Media Specifications in the Specifications section of this manual.
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Getting Started
Turning the Printer On and Off
Refer to Figure 5 and locate the printer’s Power Button. To turn the printer on, simply press and release the
Power Button. To turn the printer off, press and hold the Power Button. The printer will “beep” and then
power down after the button is released.
Power
Button
Power
Indicator
Battery
Indicator
Error
Indicator
Paper Feed
Button
Figure 5 - Printer Control Panel
Performing A Printer Self Test
To perform a self test, press and hold the Paper Feed Button while turning on the printer with the Power Button.
The printer will print a test page with the following information:
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The printer’s firmware revision level and release date.
Printer serial number.
The current values for items in the Format menu.
The current values for items in the Options menu.
The type of optional interface, if installed, and which interface is currently selected.
The presence of the optional Magnetic Card Reader, if installed.
The current battery voltage.
A list of additional fonts, if installed.
A list of logos, if installed.
A print head test pattern.
Note: At the bottom of the test page the message “Press Feed For Setup Menu” will be printed. Do not
press any buttons at this time. After approximately four seconds, “Setup Not Requested” will be
printed and the printer is ready for normal use.
The internal setup menus allow changes to be made to the printer’s interface and printing features.
Improper changes may make your printer perform poorly or not at all. These menus should only be
used under the direction of your technical support staff. For more information, please refer to the
Printer Configuration section on page 13 of this manual.
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Getting Started
Removing Printer Output
To tear the paper, pull the paper against the tear bar (a sharp edge on the paper door) at a slight angle as shown
in Figure 6, and then continue to pull the paper in the direction shown to tear it off.
If all the printing is not yet out of the printer and the host has finished sending data to the printer, the paper may
be positioned for tearing by simply pressing the Paper Feed Button.
Figure 6 - Tearing Off Printer Output
Host Interface Set Up
Prior to using your printer with a computer application, the printer’s interface settings must match those
required by your host system.
Each printer is equipped with a Serial interface which may be used as either RS-232C or USB depending on
which optional cable is attached to the printer. Additionally, the printer may also be equipped with either a
Bluetooth interface or Wi-Fi interface. The model description on the serial number label will indicate if one of
the optional interfaces is installed. The factory defaults for the basic settings for each interface are listed below.
Interface
Serial
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Factory Default Interface Settings
Printek Emulation, 57,600 Baud, 8 Data Bits, 1 Stop Bit, No Parity,
RTS/CTS Handshaking
Printek Emulation, Pairing Mode = Paired, Security Disabled, PIN = “0”,
Bluetooth Name = “FP-SerialNumber”.
Printek Emulation, Connect to any SSID, Infrastructure, WEP = None,
DHCP enabled, TCP tunnel port 8023, Channel = 1,
DHCP Name = “FP-SerialNumber”.
If the above settings do not sufficiently match your host system requirements, please refer to the Printer
Configuration and the Interfacing To A Host Computer sections of this manual.
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Getting Started
Using The Carrying Strap
The printer’s flexible carrying strap with multiple hook-and-loop fasteners is designed to be used in a variety of
ways to carry or mount the printer. The most common use will be to hang the printer from a belt or from the
optional shoulder strap as shown in Figure 7. To use the strap in this way, simply pull the end of the strap from
the bottom of the printer, route it around the back side of your belt and fasten the strap back on itself as shown.
You may also use this method with the Shoulder Strap or keep the Carrying Strap in its original position.
Shoulder
Strap
Belt
Figure 7 - Carrying Strap on Belt or Shoulder Strap
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Daily Operation
Introduction
For normal daily use, most users will only need to turn the printer on and off, tear off printed output, load paper,
and charge the battery as described in the Getting Started section of this manual. This section of the manual
provides additional detail regarding the printer’s control panel and for recharging the battery. Use of the
optional Magnetic Card Reader is also described.
Control Panel
The PrintAbout series printers are designed for simple operation with an easy to use control panel. As shown in
Figure 8, the control panel consists of three indicators and two pushbuttons. An audible tone is also used to
indicate button presses and certain error conditions.
Power
Button
Power
Indicator
Battery
Indicator
Error
Indicator
Paper Feed
Button
Figure 8 - Control Panel
The purpose and functionality of all of the buttons and indicators are described in Figure 9.
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Daily Operation
Symbol
Function
Status
Power Button
Paper Feed Button
Used to turn the printer on or off.
Advances paper a preset distance or to the next black
mark. Also used to clear paper error conditions.
Printer is Off.
Printer is On.
Power Indicator
Printer is in Standby. (Will wake on
receipt of data.)
Printer is receiving data and/or printing, or
is in the Control Panel Setup mode.
Battery is fully charged.
Battery Indicator
Battery needs to be charged.
or
Battery is being charged.
No error.
With Alarm
Error Indicator
Paper out. (Load paper and press Paper
Feed to clear.)
Paper Door is open.
With Alarm
= On
= Off
Communications error. (Power off to
clear.)
= Slow Blink
= Rapid Flash
Figure 9 - Control Panel Buttons & Indicators
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Daily Operation
Battery Charging
The PrintAbout contains battery monitoring and charging circuitry so that the battery may be charged while in
the printer. Charging the battery in the printer requires an optional power supply. Psion Teklogix offers power
supplies for use with 100-240VAC/50-60Hz and 12/24VDC for vehicle applications.
The printer’s Battery Indicator flashes whenever the battery needs recharging.
To charge the battery, connect the power supply to the appropriate source, and connect the output of the supply
to the printer’s power connector shown in Figure 10.
Caution: Use only Psion Teklogix power supplies to power your printer and charge batteries. Other power
supplies may damage the electronics and printing mechanism. Damage caused by use of a non-Psion
Teklogix power supply will not be covered by the printer’s warranty.
Power Connector
Battery Indicator
Figure 10 - Power Connector & Battery Indicator
When the power supply is connected, the printer’s charging circuitry will determine if the battery currently
requires charging and if so, will turn on the Battery Indicator until the battery has reached sufficient charge.
Depending on the condition of the battery, charging may take up to 2½ hours to complete. When fully charged,
the Battery Indicator will turn off.
Leaving the power supply connected to the printer will cause the printer to continuously monitor the condition
of the battery and keep the battery charged.
For more information regarding battery charging, battery life, and battery disposal refer to “Battery Care” on
page 34.
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Daily Operation
Using the Magnetic Card Reader
The optional Magnetic Card Reader (MCR) may be used by some applications to read information from credit
cards, drivers licenses, etc.
When the host system sends a request to the printer to enable the Magnetic Card Reader, the MCR Indicator
will light to indicate that the card may now be passed through the MCR slot, or “swiped”. Refer to Figure 11
for the card orientation.
MCR Indicator
Figure 11 - Using The Magnetic Card Reader
If the card is read successfully, a short beep will sound and the MCR Indicator will turn off to indicate success
as the data is sent to the host system.
If the card is not read successfully, a longer error tone will sound, the Error Indicator will light momentarily and
the reader will be re-enabled to allow the card to be swiped again to attempt a successful read.
The length of time allowed before the timeout occurs is specified by the host application program. Once a
timeout occurs, the Error Indicator will turn on momentarily and the reader will be disabled.
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Printer Configuration
Introduction
This section describes printer operating features that may be configured to allow PrintAbout series printers to
communicate and operate with your computer and applications. These features are grouped into logical
groupings as “menus”.
Two methods are available to change the configuration features of the printer. The preferred method is to use
the Psion Teklogix Mobile Setup Utility, a Windows® based program which may be downloaded from the
Psion Teklogix web site. The other is to use the built in Control Panel Setup which is described on page 25.
Depending on what feature needs to be changed, you may need to use either one, or both, of these methods.
The tables below list the features available in each setup menu. Which setup method may be used to change the
values of these features is indicated by a checkmark. Items marked with an asterisk (*) for one of the setup
methods will have some restrictions on the values that may be set using that method. Following the tables are
detailed descriptions of each setup feature.
Setup Menu Summary
INTERFACE MENU – All Interfaces
Menu Item
Switch to Serial Interface
Switch to Bluetooth Interface
(If installed)
Switch to Wi-Fi Interface
(if installed)
Print Interface Settings
Values
Press Power to switch.
Press Power to switch.
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel
Utility
n/a
9
n/a
9
Press Power to switch.
n/a
9
n/a
n/a
9
INTERFACE MENU – Serial Selected
Menu Item
Emulation
Baud Rate
Data Bits
Stop Bits
Parity
XON/XOFF
ETX/ACK
RTS/CTS
Values
Printek, O’Neil, ZPL-II, Mt3, CPCL
9600, 19200, 38400, 57600
7, 8
1, 2
None, Even, Odd
On, Off
On, Off
On, Off
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel
Utility
Printek
9
9
57600
9
9
8
9
9
1
9
9
None
9
9
Off
9
9
Off
9
9
On
9
9
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Printer Configuration
INTERFACE MENU – Bluetooth Selected
Menu Item
Emulation
Paired Mode
Role Policy
Discoverability
Pin
Security
Local Name
Values
Printek, O’Neil, ZPL-II, Mt3, CPCL
Paired, Unpaired
Defer, Master
On, Off
Up to 16 Numeric Characters
On, Off
Up to 16 Alphanumeric Characters
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel
Utility
Printek
9
9
Paired
9
9
Defer
9
9
On
9
9
0
9
Off
9
9
FP-Serial #
9
INTERFACE MENU – Wi-Fi Selected
Menu Item
Emulation
WLAN Type
WLAN Channel
WLAN SSID
WLAN WEP Bits
WEP Key 1-4
WLAN Auth
IP Address Assign
IP Address
IP Subnet Mask
IP Gateway
Tunnel Port
Values
Printek, O’Neil, ZPL-II, Mt3, CPCL
Peer-to-Peer, Infrastructure
1 to 14
0, 64, 128
10 or 26 Char. Hex String
Auto, Open, Shared
DHCP, Static
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel Utility
Printek
9
9
Infrastructure
9*
9
1
9
any
9
0
9
(Blank)
9
Auto
9
DHCP
9
0.0.0.0
9
0.0.0.0
9
0.0.0.0
9
8023
9
FORMAT MENU
Menu Item
Font
Spacing
Left Margin
Right Margin
Print Contrast
Max Paper Speed
FFeed Distance
Mark Sensitivity
Tearbar Adjust
Top of Form Adjust
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Values
SansSerifA at 4.2, 5.5, 10.2, 10.7,
18.5, 20.3 cpi; Courier at 12.7,
13.5, 14.5, 15.6, 16.9, 18.5, 20.3,
22.6, 25.4, 34.0 cpi; or Downloaded
fonts if present.
0 to 10 Dot Rows
0 to 1.0244”
0 to 1.0244”
-35% to 35%
0.32, 1.36, 1.92, 2.35, 2.72, 2.81 ips
0 to 2.5216”, Mark Sensing
-10 to +10
-0.295 to 0.315”
-0.295 to 0.295”
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel Utility
16.9 Courier
9
9
3
0
0
0%
2.81 ips
1.26”
0
0.000”
0.000”
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Printer Configuration
PRINT ALL LOGOS IN MEMORY
Menu Item
Print All Logos in Memory
Values
n/a
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel Utility
n/a
9*
OPTIONS MENU
Menu Item
Left Paper Guide Adjust
Right Paper Guide Adjust
Auto Power Down
Print Promo
Print Header
Values
A–G
None, 1 – 9
Off, 1 – 15 Minutes
Off, On
Off, On
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel Utility
A
9
9
None
9
9
Off
9
9
Off
9
9
Off
9
9
HARDWARE MENU
Menu Item
Enter Hex Dump Mode
Burnin Mode
Reset to Factory Defaults
Values
Off, On
Off, On
Hold Power 10 Sec.
Modify From
Default Value Control Setup
Panel Utility
Off
9
Off
9
n/a
9
9
Interface Menu
The Interface Menu is actually a series of menus. These menus are used to match the printer to the host system
or device that will be used to send and/or receive data to/from the printer. Which Interface Menu affects the
printer is dependent upon whether an optional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi interface is installed, and if so, which
interface is currently selected as the active interface. Switching the active interface from one interface to the
other is only available through Control Panel Setup and is described on page 25. The menu features for the
Serial, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi interfaces are described below.
Note: When using Control Panel Setup, you may select “Print Interface Settings” to obtain all the features
and their values for the currently selected interface.
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Printer Configuration
Serial Interface
The following Serial Interface Menu features are only available and/or only take affect when the Serial Interface
is currently selected as the active interface. For information on how to select the active interface, please refer to
Control Panel Setup on page 25.
Note: Factory default values are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Emulation
Possible Values: Printek*, O’Neil, ZPL-II, Mt3, CPCL
This feature sets the family of printer commands that may be used by a host application program to control the
various capabilities of the printer. The printer will only respond to commands valid for the currently selected
emulation. For more information, please refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual.
Baud Rate
Possible Values: 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600*
This feature sets the baud rate for the Serial interface. The value must match the setting used on the host
system.
Data Bits
Possible Values: 7, 8*
This feature sets the number of data bits in the serial character frame. The value must match the setting used on
the host system.
Stop Bits
Possible Values: 1*, 2
This feature sets the number of stop bits included in the serial character frame. The value must match the
setting used on the host system.
Parity
Possible Values: None*, Even, Odd
This feature sets the parity checking requirements for the data bits in the serial character frame. The value must
match the setting used on the host system.
XON/XOFF Handshaking
Possible Values: Off*, On
This feature enables or disables the XON/XOFF (DC1/DC3) character handshaking method used to control data
flow from the host system to the printer. When enabled, an XOFF character will be sent by the printer
whenever the printer’s input buffer is nearly full. An XON character will be sent whenever the printer’s input
buffer becomes nearly empty.
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Printer Configuration
ETX/ACK Handshaking
Possible Values: Off*, On
This feature enables or disables the ETX/ACK character handshaking method used to control data flow from the
host system to the printer. When enabled, an ACK character will be sent by the printer after an ETX character
has been received and processed out of the input buffer. ETX characters used for handshaking cannot be part of
an escape sequence.
RTS/CTS Handshaking
Possible Values: Off, On*
This feature enables or disables the RTS/CTS hardware handshaking method used to control data flow from the
host system to the printer. When enabled, the printer will activate the RTS signal whenever the printer’s input
buffer becomes nearly empty or when the printer’s control panel Setup Menus are active. The RTS signal will
be deasserted whenever the printer’s input buffer becomes nearly empty.
Likewise, the printer will not send data to the host system if the host has asserted the CTS signal.
Bluetooth Interface
The following Bluetooth Interface menu features are only available and/or only take affect when the Bluetooth
Interface is currently selected as the active interface. For information on how to select the active interface,
please refer to Control Panel Setup on page 25.
Note: Factory default values are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Emulation
Possible Values: Printek*, O’Neil, ZPL-II, Mt3, CPCL
This feature sets the family of printer commands that may be used by a host application program to control the
various capabilities of the printer. The printer will only respond to commands valid for the currently selected
emulation. For more information, please refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual.
Pairing Mode
Possible Values: Paired*, Unpaired
This feature allows Bluetooth pairing to occur between the printer and the connecting device whenever Security
is required by either device. Pairing requires that the PIN on the printer and the connecting device exactly
match each other.
Role Policy
Possible Values: Defer*, Master
This feature selects the role of the printer’s interface in the Bluetooth network.
If the device attempting to communicate with the printer is having trouble discovering the printer, setting the
value to Master may correct the problem.
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Printer Configuration
Discoverability
Possible Values: Off, On*
This feature is used to set whether the printer may be discovered by other Bluetooth devices. It should only be
set to “Off” after the printer has been discovered and paired with a host computer.
PIN
Possible Values: 0*, Up to 16 Numeric Characters.
Note that this feature is only available if Paring Mode is set to Paired. The PIN value must exactly match the
PIN value set on the host computer.
Security
Possible Values: Off*, On
Setting Security to On forces the printer and the remote device to use pairing. Setting Security On requires that
Pairing is set to Paired and that a PIN has been entered that matches the PIN in the remote device.
Local Name
Possible Values: FP-aaannnnn*,
Up to 16 characters of “0” through “9”, “A” through “Z”, “a” through “z”, “-“, “_”, SPACE
This feature sets the name that will be displayed by most host systems when “discovering” the printer. When
shipped from the factory, the default value for the Bluetooth Local Name is “FP-aaannnnn” where “aaannnnn”
is the printer’s serial number. This name may be changed to any combination of letters, numbers, dashes,
underscores, and SPACEs. The name may be up to 16 characters in length.
Wi-Fi Interface
The following Wi-Fi Interface Menu features are only available and/or only take affect when the Wi-Fi
Interface is currently selected as the active interface. For information on how to select the active interface,
please refer to Control Panel Setup on page 25.
Note: Factory default values are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Emulation
Possible Values: Printek*, O’Neil, ZPL-II, Mt3, CPCL
This feature sets the family of printer commands that may be used by a host application program to control the
various capabilities of the printer. The printer will only respond to commands valid for the currently selected
emulation. For more information, please refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual.
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Printer Configuration
WLAN Type
Possible Values: Infrastructure*, Peer-to-Peer
This feature specifies the type of wireless network the printer will be attached to. An Infrastructure network
consists of nodes that connect to each other and/or a wired network through an Access Point. A Peer-to-Peer, or
Ad-Hoc, network consists of nodes that connect directly to each other without the control of an access point.
Note: When using Control Panel Setup to change the WLAN Type to Peer-to-Peer, the following features
will also be changed. To change these features back to their original settings will require the use of
the Psion Teklogix Mobile Setup Utility.
IP Address Assign will be set to “Static”
IP Address will be set to “192.168.0.2”
WLAN Channel will be set to “1”
WLAN WEP will be set to “Disabled”
WLAN Channel
Possible Values: 1* … 14
Note that this feature is only available if the WLAN Type is set to Peer-to-Peer.
This feature sets the radio channel to be used when communicating in a Peer-to-Peer network. When in an
Infrastructure network, the radio channel is automatically assigned by the interface and Access Point.
WLAN SSID
Possible Values: any*,
Up to 16 characters of “0” through “9”, “A” through “Z”, “a” through “z”,
This feature specifies the “name” of the network the printer will connect to. This allows communications to be
controlled, or routed to the appropriate nodes when multiple wireless networks are present. When set to “any”,
the printer may connect to any available network(s).
WLAN WEP Bits
Possible Values: 0*, 64, 128
This feature specifies the level of Wired Equivalent Security to use. If set to “0”, security is turned off. If set to
a“64” or “128” bit encryption level, a WEP Key must be entered that matches the key on the other nodes on the
network.
WEP Key 1, WEP Key 2, WEP Key 3, WEP Key 4
Possible Values: 10 or 26 character user specified hexadecimal string
Note that this feature is only available if WLAN WEP Bits is set to 64 or 128.
This feature specifies an encryption “key” or password that is used to encrypt/decrypt data on the network. If
WLAN WEP Bits is set to “64”, a ten character hexadecimal string must be entered that matches the key on the
other nodes the printer will be communicating with. If WLAN WEP Bits is set to “128”, a 26 character
hexadecimal string must be entered.
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Printer Configuration
WLAN Auth
Possible Values: Auto*, Open, Shared
This feature specifies the authentication method that will be used when establishing connections on the network.
The method may be to use an open key or a shared key. If set to “Auto”, the printer will automatically match
itself to the method used by other nodes.
IP Address Assign
Possible Values: DHCP*, Static
This feature specifies whether the printer will obtain an IP address from a DHCP server, or if an IP address will
be manually assigned.
IP Address
Possible Values: 0.0.0.0*, User specified
This feature specifies the IP address for the printer.
Note that this feature has no effect if IP Address Method is not set to “Static”.
IP Subnet Mask
Possible Values: 0.0.0.0*, User specified
This feature specifies the range of addresses, or the size of the network that the printer’s IP address belongs to.
Note that this feature has no effect if IP Address Method is not set to “Static”.
IP Gateway
Possible Values: 0.0.0.0*, User specified
This feature specifies the network node where data destined for a node outside of the LAN should be directed.
Note that this feature has no effect if IP Address Method is not set to “Static”.
Tunnel Port Number
Possible Values: 00000 … 08023* … 65384
This feature specifies the TCP/IP port to be used for data that is to be printed..
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Printer Configuration
Format Menu
The features contained in the Format Menu affect the location and appearance of the data printed.
Note: Factory default values are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Font
Possible Values: 4.2 cpi SnsSrfA
5.5 cpi SnsSrfA
10.2 cpi SnsSrfA
10.7 cpi SnsSrfA
12.7 cpi Courier
13.5 cpi Courier
14.5 cpi Courier
15.6 cpi Courier
16.9 cpi SnsSrfA
16.9 cpi Courier*
18.5 cpi SnsSrfA
18.5 cpi Courier
20.3 cpi SnsSrfA
20.3 cpi Courier
22.6 cpi Courier
25.4 cpi Courier
34.0 cpi SnsSrfA
Any downloaded fonts will also be displayed.
This feature selects the default font and character pitch.
Spacing
Possible Values: 0 … 3* … 10 Lines
When printing text, this feature sets spacing between lines. The height of a complete line, or line pitch, is
determined by adding the vertical size of the current font to the Spacing. With Spacing set to the default value
of “3” and using a font that is 23 rows high, the line pitch would be 3 + 23, or 26 dot rows. Since each dot row
is 0.125mm, 26 x 0.125 yields a line pitch of 3.25mm or 7.8 lines per inch. This line pitch value also
determines the amount of paper motion performed when an ASCII Line Feed character is received by the
printer.
When printing graphic data, Spacing has no affect so that multiple lines of graphics may print adjacent to each
other.
Left Margin
Possible Values: 0.0000”* … 1.0244” in increments of 0.0394”
This feature sets the left margin in inches relative to the leftmost printing position. (The leftmost print position
is determined by the Left Paper Guide position as described in the Options Menu on page 23.) The left margin
must be less than the right margin.
Right Margin
Possible Values: 0.0000”* … 1.2608” in increments of 0.0394”
This feature sets the right margin in inches relative to the rightmost printing position. (The rightmost print
position is determined by the Right Paper Guide position as described in the Options Menu on page 23.
Text characters and graphic data that would have printed to the right of the margin will be truncated.
Note: The PrintAbout has a maximum print width of 4.1”. However, when Mt3 Emulation has been
selected, the Right Margin will begin indenting from a maximum print width of 2.84” to match the
characteristics of the Psion Teklogix PTX Print Series printers.
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Printer Configuration
Print Contrast
Possible Values: -35% … 0* … +35% in increments of 5%
The printer automatically adjusts the amount of energy used in order to maintain constant print quality as the
battery discharges during use. The Print Contrast setting modifies the value that is determined to be needed by
the printer and may be used to obtain improved print quality on different qualities of thermal print media. A
higher value will result in a darker image.
Note: By affecting the relative amount of battery energy that is used when printing, the Print Contrast
setting affects both print speed and battery life. Setting a lower value will result in faster printing
and will extend normal battery life. Setting a higher value may allow the use of poorer quality media
and will result in slower printing and a shorter battery life.
Maximum Paper Speed
Possible Values: 0.32, 1.36, 1.92, 2.35, 2.72, 2.81* ips
This feature may be used to reduce the maximum paper speed if necessary to allow the printer to use heavier
papers, narrow paper, or some coated papers that have a more slippery finish.
FFeed Distance
Possible Values: 0.0000 … 1.2608* … 2.5216 inches, or Mark Sensing
This feature sets the distance that paper is to be moved whenever the user presses the Paper Feed Button or a
Form Feed character is received from a host system.
Note: If Mark Sensing is selected, the paper will be advanced to the next Black Mark. When Mark Sensing
is used, the values of the Mark Sensitivity, Tearbar Adjust, and Top of Form Adjust features are
available for adjustment.
Mark Sensitivity
Possible Values: -10 … 0* … +10
This feature allows the Black Mark/Paper sensor to be adjusted to allow for variations in media materials and
Black Mark printing methods. The following list will help determine if, and how, the Mark Sensitivity should
be adjusted.
•
•
•
If the printer is not detecting black marks reliably, set the Mark Sensitivity to a lower value.
If the printer is detecting false Check Paper conditions, set the Mark Sensitivity to a higher value.
If the printer is detecting black marks where none exist, set the Mark Sensitivity to a higher value.
Tearbar Adjust
Possible Values: -0.295” …0.000”* …0.315”
This feature is used to adjust the tear position when black mark sensing is used.
Top of Form Adjust
Possible Values: -0.295” … 0.000” … 0.295”
This feature is used to adjust the location of the top line of printing when black mark sensing is used.
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Printer Configuration
Print All Logos In Memory
This menu item is only available using Control Panel Setup and is only available if downloaded fonts and/or
logos are currently stored in the printer’s memory. Selecting this item causes the printer to print out a directory
of all fonts and logos, and to print a copy of all logos.
Options Menu
The Options Menu contains features that affect the overall operation of the printer.
Note: Factory default values are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Left Paper Guide Adjust
Possible Values: A*, B through G
This feature is used to match the leftmost print position with the location of the Left Paper Guide. For a
complete description, please refer to the Right Paper Guide, below.
Right Paper Guide Adjust
Possible Values: None*, 1 through 9
Similar to the Left Paper Guide, this feature is used to match the rightmost print position with the right edge of
the paper.
The positions of the paper guides are used to adapt the PrintAbout to be used with different widths of paper. To
provide maximum flexibility for various paper widths and black mark positions, any combination of left and
right guide positions may be used. Paper widths less than 2.9” are not recommended.
For instance, to use the standard four inch paper (4.125”), the Left Paper Guide would be located at position
“A” as shown in Figure 12, below, and the Right Paper Guide would not be installed (None). To use standard
three inch paper (3.125”) the Left Paper Guide would be installed at “A” and the Right Paper Guide would be
installed at position “7”.
To remove a paper guide, simply pull the guide out of the printer’s paper compartment. To install a paper
guide, insert the end toward the rear of the printer first as shown in Figure 12 and then “snap” in the end toward
the front of the printer. When selecting guide positions, select positions that are as close to the end of the paper
roll as possible, but not so tight that the paper cannot unroll easily.
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Printer Configuration
Insert This
End First
Snap In This
End Second
Figure 12 - Paper Guides
Auto Power Down
Possible Values: Off*, 1 Minute Delay … 15 Minute Delay
This feature sets whether the printer will automatically power down and if so, after what period of time of
inactivity. If set to a value other that “Off”, the printer will automatically turn itself off after the specified
number of minutes have passed since the printer last received data or last printed, whichever is longer.
Print Promo
Possible Values: No*, Yes
When set to “Yes” this feature causes a previously stored graphic image with an ID value of “$” to be printed at
the end of each print job.
This feature may be used to print a special logo or graphic image of a special sales promotion or other event.
Please refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual for more information on storing graphics
and logos.
Print Header
Possible Values: No*, Yes
When set to “Yes” this feature causes a previously stored graphic image with an ID value of “?” to be printed at
the beginning of each print job.
Please refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual for more information on storing graphics
and logos.
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Printer Configuration
Hardware Menu
Features in the Hardware Menu are used for software development/debugging and/or printer configuration.
These features should not be changed unless directed by Technical Support personnel.
Note: Factory default values are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Enter Hex Dump Mode
Possible Values: No*, Yes
This feature is used to assist software programmers in determining the actual data values being received by the
printer. In this mode, printer commands are not processed, but are printed along with their hexadecimal value.
For more information, please refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual.
Burnin Mode
Possible Values: Off*, On
This feature is for factory use only. Do not change this value.
Reset to Factory Defaults
Possible Value: Hold Power 10 Sec.
When this feature is displayed, holding the Power Button will cause all setup features in all menus to return to
their factory default values. Do not use this feature unless instructed by Psion Teklogix Technical Support.
Control Panel Setup
Control Panel Setup allows the user to configure some features of the PrintAbout. Other features may be
configured using the Psion Teklogix Mobile Setup Utility. For a complete list of features and which method
may be used to configure them, please refer to the Setup Menu Summary on page 13.
Control Panel Setup makes use of the control panel Power and Paper Feed buttons and printing to step through
the menus of features and values that may be changed. Install plain receipt paper for this task.
Entering Setup
To enter Setup, press and hold the Paper Feed Button while turning on the printer with the Power Button. The
printer will print a test page which shows most of the menu features and their current values. At the end of the
test page, “PRESS FEED FOR SETUP MENU” will be printed. Pressing the Paper Feed within the next four
seconds will cause the Setup mode to be entered. If the button is not pressed within four seconds, the printer
will return to normal operation.
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Printer Configuration
Using Setup
After the Setup mode is entered, instructions will be printed indicating that the Power Button may be used as a
“Select” button and that the Paper Feed Button may be used as a “Next Menu” button.
As instructed, press the Power to select each menu or item, and press the Paper Feed to skip to the next menu or
item. Upon selecting an Item inside a Menu and pressing Power, the displayed setting will change.
Press Paper Feed to skip to the next item in the menu. When EXIT MENU is displayed, press Power to go to
the next menu.
When in a menu, you may press and hold Paper Feed until it beeps to skip to the next menu.
You may press and hold the Power Button until the printer beeps once to set an item to its default value.
The Interface Menu is the first menu of features displayed. If an optional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Interface is
installed in the printer, the first option presented will be to switch to the interface that is not currently the active
interface. This feature will typically only be used when needing to switch from the optional interface to Serial
so that the Psion Teklogix Mobile Setup Utility can be used. After completing any changes with the setup
utility, this same process may be used to switch back to the previously selected interface.
Exiting Setup
To save the changes you have made, press Power when the EXIT SETUP SAVE CHANGES Menu selection
appears.
To exit without saving changes, press Power when the EXIT SETUP DISCARD CHANGES Menu selection
appears, or at any time you may press and hold the Power Button until the printer beeps and turns off.
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Interfacing To A Host Computer
Every PrintAbout printer is equipped with a Universal Port which contains a Serial Interface. The Serial
Interface may be used for either RS-232C or USB communications depending upon which optional cable is
used. Optional factory installed interfaces are also available for Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®. When the printer is
equipped with one of the optional interfaces, only one of the interfaces may be “active” at any time. For
information on switching the active interface, please refer to Control Panel Setup on page 25 of the Printer
Configuration section of this manual.
Note: To print out configuration information for the currently selected interface, you may press and hold
the Paper Feed Button while turning the printer on.
Serial Interface
The Serial Interface contained in the Universal Port may be used for either an RS-232C or a USB connection.
For either of these connections, the Serial Interface must be the currently active interface. If there is no optional
interface installed, Serial will be the only interface available.
When using the Serial Interface for RS-232C communications, the baud rate, data bits, parity, stop bit(s), and
handshaking method (XON/XOFF, ETX/ACK, RTS/CTS) must be set to match the settings on the host
computer. If these settings do not match, errors and/or lost data may occur.
When using the Serial Interface for USB communications, the printer’s default values of 57,600 Baud, 8 Data
Bits, 1 Stop Bit, No Parity, and RTS/CTS = Yes must be used.
To access the Universal Port connector, refer to Figure 13 and move the lever in the direction shown to unlock
and remove the cover.
Cover
Lever
Figure 13 - Removing The Universal Port Cover
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Interfacing to a Host Computer
Figure 14 and Figure 15 show the location of the Universal Port Connector and the connector pin assignments.
Caution: Do not make any connection to pins 4 or 8. These pins are used only for Psion Teklogix accessories
and improper connections with these contacts may cause severe damage to the printer. Such damage
will not be covered by the printer’s warranty.
Connector
Figure 14 - Universal Port Connector
Pin #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Signal
COM
TXD
RXD
Reserved
CTS
COM
RTS
Reserved
Description
Logic Common
Transmit Data (From Printer)
Receive Data (From Host)
Do Not Connect
Clear To Send (From Printer)
Logic Common
Request To Send (From Host)
Do Not Connect
Figure 15 - Connector Pin Assignments
Bluetooth® Interface
In addition to the standard Serial Interface, your PrintAbout may be equipped with an optional Bluetooth
Interface. Bluetooth interfaces are built into some Smartphones and PDA’s and may be added to most others.
Bluetooth interfaces may also be added to notebook or desktop computers. To communicate using the
Bluetooth Interface, it must be selected as the currently active interface.
The Bluetooth Interface uses wireless, radio frequency signals to communicate.
The PrintAbout Bluetooth Interface acts as a “serial port adapter” operating as a “server”. Being a serial port
adapter means, the printer may appear as a “Serial Device” when discovered, rather than as a “Printer”.
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Interfacing to a Host Computer
Operating as a server, other devices such as a PDA or other host computer may initiate the connection to the
printer.
When discovered, the default name that will appear will be “FP-aaannnnn” where “aaannnnn” is the printer’s
serial number. To obtain the printer’s Bluetooth name, you may print the printer’s test page by holding the
Paper Feed button while turning the printer on. For pairing, the default PIN value is “0” (if this value does not
work, contact your system administrator).
To conserve battery power, application programs should disconnect from the printer whenever possible.
Wi-Fi® Interface
In addition to the standard Serial Interface, your PrintAbout may be equipped with an optional Wi-Fi Interface.
Wi-Fi interfaces are built into some PDA’s and may be added to most others. Wi-Fi interfaces may also be
added to notebook or desktop computers and as an “access point” to a wired network. To communicate using
the Wi-Fi Interface, it must be selected as the currently active interface.
The Wi-Fi interface uses wireless, radio frequency signals to communicate.
The PrintAbout Wi-Fi interface acts as a server and will accept connections from a host device such as a PDA,
notebook computer, or a network server.
The PrintAbout Wi-Fi interface conforms to the IEEE 802.11b standard. The factory default settings for this
interface are:
WLAN Type:
WLAN SSID:
WLAN WEP Bits:
WLAN Auth:
IP Address Assign:
Infrastructure
any
0 (Off)
Auto
DHCP (The DHCP name will be “FP-aaannnnn”
where “aaannnnn” is the printer’s serial number.)
Tunnel Port: 8023
These settings for the Wi-Fi interface features may be modified as described in the Printer Configuration section
of this manual on page 13.
To print out the current Wi-Fi configuration details, you may print the printer’s test page by holding the Paper
Feed button while turning the printer on. Enter Control Panel Setup and use the “Print Interface Settings”
feature to obtain the current IP address when assigning addresses via DHCP. When doing so, be sure to wait
several seconds after turning the printer on to allow it to establish a connection with the network and be served
an address.
When operating in Infrastructure mode, the printer will attempt to conserve battery power whenever possible by
placing the Wi-Fi interface into a low power mode when not communicating. However, according to the IEEE
802.11b standard, the printer must be granted “permission” from the network’s Access Point before operating in
the low power mode. Since different Access Point manufacturers implement this feature differently, the amount
of power saving actually achieved varies. The actual power saving also varies with the amount of network
traffic.
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Power Considerations
PrintAbout printers are designed to provide superior output using as little power as necessary. This provides the
longest possible battery life. The printers may also be operated from an external power supply when used in a
more permanent installation in a vehicle or office. The following discussions indicate how the printer
accomplishes this power conservation using features such as Standby and Auto Power Down. For more
information on battery charging, please refer to “Charging the Battery” on page 34.
Standby Operation
When operating on battery power, the printer automatically enters a Standby mode one minute after the last
computing event (i.e., receiving data, printing, a front panel button is pressed, or a magnetic card reader swipe
operation). When in Standby, the printer will flash the Power Indicator.
While in Standby the printer turns off as many power consuming components as possible. However, the printer
remains fully capable of receiving data or responding to a control panel button. The printer will automatically
“wake up” when it begins to receive data from a host system, or when any front panel Button is pressed.
Auto Power Down
To conserve even more battery power, the printer may also be configured to turn itself off after a specified
number of minutes of inactivity. When the printer powers down, this is equivalent to turning the printer off
using the Power Button and the printer will no longer respond to incoming data.
To enable the Auto Power Down feature, please refer to the Options Menu settings on page 23.
Operation Without A Battery
PrintAbout printers may be operated with an optional power supply and without a battery installed. Power
supplies are available for use with 100-240VAC/50-60Hz and for 12/24VDC vehicle applications.
Caution: Use only Psion Teklogix power supplies designed specifically for your PrintAbout printer. Using a
different power supply may cause damage to the printer and will not be covered by the printer’s
warranty.
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Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Cleaning
In normal environments, the printer should be cleaned after printing a few rolls of paper or if there are voids in
the printout. For optimum performance and life, you should clean the Print Head and Platen Roller whenever
you load new paper.
To clean the printer areas as described below, use a Thermal Head Cleaning Pen and MCR Cleaning Card
available from Psion Teklogix, or you may use cotton swabs moistened with isopropyl alcohol. Please refer to
Figure 16 for the following instructions.
MCR Slot
Print Head
Black Mark
Sensor
Tear Bar
Platen Roller
Figure 16 - Printer Cleaning Areas
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•
•
•
•
•
Turn the printer off. Open the Paper Door and remove the paper.
Using a Thermal Head Cleaning Pen, clean the surface indicated on the Print Head.
Caution: Do not use sharp objects to clean the print head. This may damage the printer and require
service. Such damage is not covered under warranty.
Clean the Black Mark Sensor below the print head.
Clean the Tear Bar
Clean the Platen Roller. Turn the platen roller with your finger to clean the entire surface.
If a Magnetic Card Reader is installed, pass an MCR Cleaning Card through the MCR slot to clean the
head.
You may also experience a build up of paper dust in the printer. This may be removed using a can of
compressed air or by vacuuming.
To clean the exterior of the printer, turn the printer off and use a soft cloth moistened with a mild detergent.
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Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Battery Care
Charging the Battery
The printer’s battery is charged in the printer using an optional power supply. Power supplies are available for
100-240VAC/50-60Hz and for 12/24VDC vehicle applications. Follow the steps listed below to charge the
battery.
•
Plug the power supply into a power source appropriate for the adapter being used.
•
Plug the power supply into the power connector on the side of the printer. The printer’s battery
charging circuitry will analyze the condition of the battery and begin charging it if necessary.
•
If the battery is not fully charged, charging will begin and the Battery Indicator will illuminate.
•
When the battery is fully charged, the Battery Indicator will turn off. Charging may take up to 2½
hours depending on the condition of the battery.
•
The printer may be used while the battery is charging, but this will extend the time required to fully
charge the battery.
•
The power supply may remain connected to the printer to keep the battery fully charged and will not
cause damage to the printer or battery.
Additional Battery and Safety Information
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•
All PrintAbout series printers use a 7.4 volt 2200mAH Lithium Ion battery.
•
The recommended ambient temperature for charging is 68-77° Fahrenheit (20-25° Centigrade).
•
Take the battery out of the printer when storing the printer for long periods of time. The battery
storage temperature is 40-104° Fahrenheit (4-40° Centigrade). Do not store a fully charged battery at
temperatures above this range for long periods of time or the battery may permanently lose charge
capacity.
•
Do not disassemble, short circuit, heat above 80°C, or incinerate the battery. The battery may explode.
•
Only dispose of used batteries according to your local regulations. If you do not know
your local regulations, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a
non-profit organization created to promote recycling of rechargeable batteries. For more
information visit www.rbrc.org.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Testing the Power Supply and Battery
To verify that the printer’s internal battery charger is functioning properly, perform the following steps.
•
Test the power adapter (100-240VAC/50-60Hz, 12/24VDC adapter) with a voltmeter to verify that its
output voltage is 9 VDC.
•
Connect the power supply to a power source and then connect it to the printer.
•
Verify that the printer’s Battery Indicator is illuminated. If illuminated, the charging circuit is
functioning properly.
Note: that if the battery is already fully charged, the Battery Indicator will turn off after a short
time.
•
After the battery has been charged for five minutes, disconnect the power supply.
•
Perform a printer Self-Test.
o
Make sure the printer is turned off.
o
Press and hold the Paper Feed Button while turning the printer on.
•
If the printer successfully prints the Self-Test, the battery is functional. If the Self-Test does not
complete and the printer turns itself off, repeat this test with a known good battery.
•
Once this test has completed successfully, allow the battery to fully charge. At the end of this time the
Battery Indicator will turn off.
If the printer and battery do not appear to successfully pass these tests, refer to the Troubleshooting section for
possible causes and solutions.
Note: This test only verifies that the power adapter, the internal charging circuit, and the battery are
functioning properly. This test does not provide a valid indication of the relative capacity of the battery
or how long it may hold a charge.
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Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
When encountering problems, the cause may be the printer or may sometimes be due to other problems with
your system. Please review the following tables to solve common problems you may encounter with your
printer. You may also visit www.psionteklogix.com for additional “FAQ’s” that may assist you.
If you are still unable to solve your problem, please contact the company where you purchased your printer
since they are most familiar with your systems. If they are unable to help you, you may contact Psion Teklogix
Technical Support at (800) 322-3437.
Error Conditions
Whenever the printer detects an error condition, the Error Indicator will either flash or stay on. In some cases
the audible alarm will also sound. Please refer to the following table for a list of what causes these conditions
and how they may be corrected.
Error Indicator
Flashes, With Alarm
Possible Cause
Paper Out
Stays On, No Alarm
Paper door not fully closed.
Stays On, With Alarm
Communications error.
Solution
Install paper and press the Paper
Feed Button to clear the error.
Make sure the door is fully closed
by opening the door and closing it
again until the door “clicks”
closed. Check the platen roller for
damage.
Verify communications settings in
the Interface Menu. Printer must
be turned off to clear error.
Other Problems
Problem
Printer will not turn on.
Possible Cause
Battery not installed properly.
Printer turns itself off.
Discharged battery.
Auto Power Down is enabled.
Battery discharged.
Electrostatic discharge.
Battery Indicator does not light or
does not stay lit when power
supply is connected.
Battery already fully charged.
Power supply not receiving power.
Faulty power supply.
Battery not installed properly.
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Solution
Remove and reinstall battery
making sure the battery release
lever “clicks” when fully installed.
Recharge battery.
Change setting in Options Menu as
described on page 23.
Replace or recharge battery.
May occur in extreme low
humidity conditions. Turn printer
back on with power button.
No action required.
Check building/vehicle circuit
breakers/fuses.
Check output of power supply with
voltmeter. 9 VDC.
Remove and reinstall battery
making sure the battery release
lever “clicks” when fully installed.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Problem
Battery not charging.
Possible Cause
Faulty power supply or battery.
Poor print quality.
Low battery.
Print head dirty.
Poor quality or “old” paper.
Paper not feeding.
Obstruction in paper path or paper
improperly installed.
Poor quality paper.
Paper not feeding reliably or print
is compressed vertically
Paper Door not fully closed.
Poor quality paper.
Heavy or thick forms.
Specialty paper with slick finish.
Print Garbled.
Printer will not print.
Paper Door not fully closed.
Low Battery.
Improper Serial Interface
configuration.
Paper Door not fully closed.
Low Battery.
Paper not loaded correctly.
Improper interface configuration.
Cannot print via optional interface.
Interface not configured correctly.
Solution
Refer to “Testing the Power
Supply and Battery” on page 35.
Check and recharge battery.
Clean print head. Refer to page 33.
Verify paper from approved
source. Try new roll of paper.
Check paper path and reinstall
paper.
Verify paper from approved
source.
Verify door is closed.
Verify paper from approved
source.
Lower the Max Paper Speed as
described in Format Menu on page
21.
Verify door is closed.
Check and recharge battery.
Verify printer and host settings
match.
Verify door is closed.
Check and recharge battery.
Check paper path and reinstall
paper.
Verify printer and host settings
match. Print a self test to verify
printer settings and to verify printer
is functioning properly.
Print a self test to verify printer
settings. Make sure the interface is
selected and make sure printer and
host set ups match.
Obtaining Service
If service is required for your printer, please contact the company where you purchased your printer. If they are
unable to assist you, contact Psion Teklogix Customer Service at (800) 322-3437 to obtain the name of the
nearest Psion Teklogix Authorized Service Center.
If you wish to return your printer to Psion Teklogix for service, please contact Psion Teklogix Customer Service
at (800) 322-3437 to obtain a Return Authorization Number. Units returned without a Return Authorization
will not be accepted.
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Print & Font Samples
Print Samples
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Print & Font Samples
Courier Font With International Extended Character Set
Courier Font PC Line Drawing Extended Character Set
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Print & Font Samples
Sans Serif Font
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Specifications
Printer Specifications
Printing Specifications
Printing Method:
Printing Resolution:
Printing Width:
Direct Thermal, Up To 2.8 Inches Per Second
203 dots per inch (8 dots per mm)
832 Printing Elements for up to 4.1″ (10.41 cm)
Fonts/Characters/Bar codes
Fonts:
International Characters:
Bar Codes:
Downloads:
A wide range of font types and sizes, from ~ 6 cpi to 34 cpi plus scaling depending
on emulation chosen
Arab-T, Arab-S, Arab-E, Asian fonts and an expanding catalog available for
download
Code 39, Code 128, UCC/EAN-128, UPC/EAN/JAN, Interleaved 2 of 5,
CODABAR, EAN08 & 13, PDF-417, UPC
Downloadable fonts, graphics, logos, and additional bar codes
Connectivity
Serial:
Wireless:
Universal Port:
Emulations:
Software Available:
RS-232C (Standard), USB (Optional cable required)
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 801.11b (Options)
Data and power port allows connection of external devices such as Psion Teklogix
barcode scanners, signature capture pads
Prinktek, Printek Mt3, O’Neil, ZPL-II, CPCL, Extech
Drivers for Windows 98/2000/XP.
Print Utilities for Palm OS.
SDK’s for Palm OS.
Setup utility for configuration from Windows 98/2000/XP.
Data Input
Magnetic Card Reader:
3 Track, Simultaneous Read (Option)
Power Management
Battery:
Endurance:
Internal Charging:
Battery Free Operation:
7.4 V, 2200mAH rechargeable 2 cell Lithium Ion
500 pages or more than 3, 5000 inches of print per charge
2½ hours (requires optional power supply)
Printer may be used with optional external power supply, with or without battery
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Specifications
Physical Specifications
Size:
Weight:
6.1 x 5.9 x 2.7 inches, 15.5 x 15.0 x 6.9 cm (LxWxH)
20 Ounces (.57 kg) with battery
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temp:
Storage Temp:
Humidity:
Rating:
-4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C)
-4° to 140°F (-20° to 60°C)
10% to 90% RH (non-condensing)
IP54 per IEC 529, without optional environmental case
Operator Controls and Indicators
Indicators:
Controls:
Sensors:
Power/Wireless Connection, Battery Status, Fault
Power, Paper Feed
Paper, Paper Door Open, Black Mark Detection
Memory Capacity
Flash:
RAM:
EEPROM:
1MB Program Memory; 1MB Font, Logo and Graphic Storage
1MB
For Nonvolatile Configuration Storage
Durability and Reliability
Drop Test:
MTBF:
Survives multiple 4 foot drops to concrete (each face), conforms to IEC 68-2
10,000 hours in normal use
Regulatory Approvals
Approvals/Markings:
FCC Class B
CE Mark
RoHS
WEEE
UL listed AC adapters
E-mark on In-Vehicle adapters
Warranty
Printer:
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One year including print head and battery
Specifications
Media Specifications
Receipt Paper
General Specifications:
Approved Vendors:
0.0022 to 0.0065” (0.056 to 0.089mm) Thick
2.9 to 4.125” (73.66 to 104.78mm)Wide
1.75” (44.45mm) Maximum Outside Diameter
0.750” (19.05mm) Core Diameter Recommended
Black Mark Sensing On Printed Side
Kansaki: P300, P310, P350, P354, P390*, P530UV, TO281CA,
OP200, TO381N, F180, F380, F550
Jujo: TF-50KS-E2C
Honshu: FH65BV-3
Appleton: Resiste 900-3.0*
*Standard Psion Teklogix Offering
Black Mark Position
For automatic ticket printing, the black mark should be positioned as shown in the figure below. When using
Mark Sensing mode, PrintAbout printers will automatically position the output for tear-off and printing
following a Form Feed command or by pressing the Paper Feed button.
For non-automatic paper positioning, refer to the MLP Series & PrintAbout Programmer’s Manual for sensing
and positioning commands.
Perforation or tear position
Black Mark should span width
of paper for best results.
0.15”
Figure 17 - Black Mark Position
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Specifications
Supplies and Accessories
Supplies
Battery:
Media:
Cleaning Supplies:
7.4V, 2200 mAH Li-Ion
Available separately or in 5 or 20 packs.
3.125” and 4.125” wide standard receipt paper
3.125” and 4.125” wide premium receipt paper
Available in cases of 36. Other sizes available on request.
Print head cleaning pens
Magnetic Card Reader cleaning cards
Accessories
Power Supplies:
Carrying Options:
Cables:
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100-240VAC/50-60Hz Wall Adapter
12/24VDC Vehicle Adapter
Shoulder Strap
RS-232C – RJ to DB-9F
USB – RJ to USB-A
Glossary of Terms
802.11
Wireless networking communication standards created by IEEE.
access point
An interface between a wireless network and a wired network.
Ad-Hoc
A Wi-Fi network consisting of only stations (no access point). Same as Peerto-Peer.
ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange.
authentication
The process a Wi-Fi station uses to identify itself to another station.
bandwidth
The amount of data that be transferred in a given period of time.
baud rate
The rate at which characters are transmitted over a serial interface. This is also
often referred to as bits per second.
binary
Base two numbering system. Digits are represented by the characters 0 and 1.
bit
A single binary digit.
Bluetooth
A definition for short range radio frequency communications.
client
Any node on a network that requests services from another node (server).
control code
A single, non-printing character which is used to control the configuration or
operation of the printer.
character pitch
The horizontal spacing of characters. Measured in cpi.
cpi
Characters per inch.
current line
The line upon which the next character will be printed.
current print position
The column on the current line where the next character will be printed.
default
Value or configuration assumed when the printer is powered on or reset.
DHCP
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A method used to centrally control the
assignment of IP addresses on a network.
dpi
Dots per inch. Generally used to refer to graphics density or resolution.
escape sequence
String of characters beginning with the escape (ESC) character which is used to
control the configuration or operation of the printer. The characters which are
part of this string are not printed.
font
A group of characters of a given shape or style.
hexadecimal
Base sixteen numbering system. Digits are represented by the characters 0
through 9 and a through f.
IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
infrastructure
A Wi-Fi network consisting of stations connecting to a wired network or other
stations via an access point.
interface
The connection between the printer and the host computer.
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Glossary
IP
Internet Protocol. A specification for packets, or datagrams, of data and an
addressing method to allow the exchange of data with another system. Must be
combined with another protocol such as TCP to create a complete connection
with the other system.
LAN
Local Area Network.
LCD
Liquid crystal display.
LED
Light emitting diode.
line pitch
The vertical spacing of rows of characters. Measured in lpi.
lpi
Lines per inch.
margin
An area along any edge of a form where data may not be printed.
MSB
Most significant bit. In a character, this refers to bit seven (of 0 to 7).
node
Any device connected to a network.
parity
A method used for detecting errors within a single character transmitted or
received via an interface.
Peer-to-Peer
A network consisting of only stations (no access point or central server). Same
as Ad-Hoc.
reset
Initialization of various operating features of the printer to the value or state
assumed when the printer is powered on.
RS-232C
An EIA standard for serial data transmission.
server
Any node on a network that provides services to another node (client).
SSID
Service Set IDentifier. An identifier attached to packets on a Wi-Fi network
that identify the particular network the packets are intended for.
TCP
Transmission Control Protocol. A specification that controls the connection
between systems on a network.
top of form
The vertical position where the first line is printed on the paper. Also the
position the paper is advanced to when a form feed (FF) character is received
from the host or the Form Feed button is pressed on the printer's control panel.
USB
Universal Serial Bus.
WAN
Wide Area Network. Refers to connections that allow one LAN to
communicate with another LAN(s).
WEP
Wired Equivalent Privacy. A security protocol for wireless LANs designed to
provide data security similar to a wired LAN.
Wi-Fi
Refers to any of the IEEE 802.11 standards.
WLAN
Wireless Local Area Network. A LAN made up of wireless nodes.
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