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    USB Receipt Printer and Cash Drawer Opening from Web based Point of Sale Software

    Hi there,
    I'm developing a web based point of sale system for the company I work at. It's coming along great (I hired somebody else to develop the backend PHP/MySQL) but we need to find a way to print the receipts and open the cash drawer at certain times.
    https://code.google.com/p/jzebra/
    I found that for printing receipts so I'm not too worried about that. But how are we going to open the cash drawer when:
    -A customer is paying cash (there is a button for that)
    -We click the Petty Cash or the No Sale buttons.

    This is on a Windows PC, not a Mac. From my research we can use like an Epson Receipt Printer and Cash Drawer combo but the problem is I don't want it to open the cash drawer ever time the receipt is printed since for example with a credit card.
    Thanks!
    Last edited by noodles415; Nov 16th, 2013 at 01:05 PM.

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    Do you currently have all of the hardware working right now? Example, your cash drawer opens every time? So that all works, but you now only want it to open certain times? Or do you not have the hardware working yet? Is the cash drawer something physically attached to the PC w/software already working?


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    Hi, right now we have:
    -Computer
    -Touch Screen POS Monitor
    -Keyboard with Card Reader

    We have yet to get:
    -Receipt Printer
    -Cash Drawer
    Last edited by noodles415; Nov 16th, 2013 at 01:35 PM.

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    So the key thing to look for is the way the receipt printer is connected (or not connected if so) to the drawer.

    Either the printer is physically triggering the hardware on the drawer, or the drawer has a separate cable to your PC (which controls the drawer trigger).

    If the printer opens the drawer based on a character you send it, that could be programmed in the PC. In any case, you won't be able to answer your question until you have more information and specifications on how the drawer is physically opened. There is some electronic hardware involved with that.


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    ok so i just have to print something to open it? thanks... only issue it doesn't always need to open.

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    I'm just asking what exact hardware you will be using. I have no idea how the printer opens the drawer. That is what you need to find out.



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