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The following procedure describes the installation & configuration of a typical three terminal restaurant POS system. You should be familiar with basic Microsoft Windows XP networking concepts. Click on each button below to familiarize yourself with the installation process.

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Hardware Components

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Touchscreen LCD Monitor with Integrated Magnetic Stripe Reader   Epson TM-T88 II Thermal Autocut Receipt Printer

3 PC Workstations
The performance of your system is determined by the speed of your computers. We recommend at least 256MB of RAM and a Pentium IV processor. Inexpensive PCs such as the Dell Dimension 2400 or the Gateway 510 series are perfect.

3 Monitors
Touchscreen monitors are not mandatory, but do provide a higher level of convenience and security. A monitor such as the ELO 1224L AccuTouch five-wire resistive touchscreen is preferred for food service and hospitality applications. You can also use a mouse instead of a touchscreen monitor. You can also purchase all-in-one workstations instead of separate pc workstations and touchscreen monitors.

3 Receipt Printers
Thermal printers are the norm for receipt printing because they are fast and quiet. We encourage RestaurantPOS.com users to use the Epson TM-T88 III or Samsung 350 (in Epson mode). These printers can print your restaurant's logo at the top of the check and provide exceptional speed for printing large guest checks and barcodes. While thermal printers are recommended for receipt printing, they are not a requirement; impact printers that are typically used in the kitchen (see below) will work too. Buy printers with a parallel or USB interface.

1 Cash Drawer
Obtain an electronic cash drawer that plugs directly into the rear of the printer, such as those made by MMF or M&S. You must purchase a drawer made for your printer type, or damage to the drawer may result.

1 Kitchen Printer
A two color, dot-matrix impact printer such as the Epson TM-U220 is ideal for a hot kitchen environment. This printer is very durable and provides an auto-cut bar for convenience. Inexpensive paper and ribbons can be obtained at any office supply retailer.

1 Magnetic Stripe Reader
If you will be implementing RestaurantPOS.com 2-second credit card processing, you should obtain a keyboard wedge-type magnetic stripe reader (MSR) capable of reading track 2 data. For applications requiring enhanced customer data (such as the cardholder's name), the MSR should also read track 1 data. For tracking points, frequent customers, or other store-level promotions, the MSR must also read track 3 data. We recommend the 3-track Magtek Wedge that connects directly to the keyboard port.

1 Print Server
Since most remote printers are a considerable distance from the nearest terminal, you must obtain a print server to connect the kitchen printer to the network. If you have elected to use a wireless kit, you need a wireless print server to connect to the parallel port on your kitchen printer. A great print server for this application is the D-Link DP-311P or Trend TEW-P1P. If your network is hard wired, you need an Ethernet print server such as the Axis Office Basic. This connects to the parallel port on your printer.

Networking Hardware
Obtain a wireless networking kit with 3 wireless PCI cards and a wireless access point or a wired home networking kit with 3 Ethernet PCI cards and a 4 port hub (such as the Netgear DS-104).

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Cable, Tester and Connectors Networking Kit   Cat 5e Color-Coded Ethernet Cable Connector

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Hardware Installation

For those using a wired network, locate your network switch or hub in a secure location such as the office. Run Cat5e Ethernet cable from each POS terminal location to the network hub and attach connectors to each end. Use plenum rated wire for wire that runs inside ceilings or walls. Now run a wire from your kitchen printer to your network switch or hub and attach connectors. Finally, attach all of the cable ends to the network hub, POS terminals and kitchen printer.

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Software Installation

If your terminals do not have MS Windows XP pre-installed, you must install and activate MS Windows XP on each workstation. Be sure to download and install the latest service pack (SP2) from Microsoft. Download the drivers required for your touch screen and printers (many drivers are available on our download page). Each terminal must have a unique name. We recommend a simple naming scheme such as "Station1," "Station2," and "Station3."

Run the Network Setup Wizard on all computers. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD in the first computer’s drive. When the XP Welcome Menu appears, click "Perform Additional Tasks." Click "Setup Home Or Small Office Networking" and follow the prompts. Repeat for each remaining POS terminal.

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MS Windows XP Network Setup Wizard

After Windows setup is complete, you are ready to install Amigo POS. Insert the CD and follow the instructions at each prompt. Remember, you may not install the same CD on more than one workstation.

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RestaurantPOS.com Setup

You are now ready to configure your menu and system preferences. Simply run the RestaurantPOS.com setup program by clicking Start|RestaurantPOS.com|Setup and follow the prompts. Next, login to RestaurantPOS.com using the default password (12345) and touch (or click) on the "Back Office" button. Click F1 for help and follow the instructions to set up your menu.

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