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Roll Back from Windows 10
By: POSGuys Support - 2/1/2016

Later this year, Microsoft will change the Windows 10 upgrade option to a Recommended update. They're doing this as a method to get everyone who qualifies onto one operating system. This means, if your update settings are set to install recommended updates (which is the default setting for Windows 7 Service Pack 2, Windows 8, and 8.1), Windows 10 will get installed automatically. For Microsoft, this ensures that there is only one operating system to support, one set of features to develop, and one track of bugs and errors to fix. For Microsoft, this is a huge change that will help their busi...

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Can I use use Excel to track attendance?
By: POSGuys - 1/27/2016

How do you do attendance tracking with Excel? Ideally when you're tracking attendance you are using an attendance tracking program or at least a database where you have user information in one table and scans in another, you can then cross like the tables together to validate and verify who it is that is coming in. However if all you would like to do is get the information on whomever is coming in and not necessarily validate them, then you can use 2D barcodes which hold much more information than a regular 1D barcode which holds a simple string about 10 characters max. In the displayed vid...

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How far can you extend a USB Barcode Scanner
By: POSGuys - 1/22/2016

How far can you extend a USB Barcode Scanner? TLDR: about 30 feet If your cable for your barcode scanner isn't quite long enough you can use a male to female extension cable to get a bit more length out of the cable. These cables come in different lengths from a couple of feet to ten feet or more. Keep in mind though that the cable can only go so long before there is not enough current to power the cable and/or the scanner can no longer communicate with the computer. In our testing we were able to go out around 28 feet for a presentation DS4800 Barcode Scanner and 31 feet for a trigg...

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Windows 10 -- Should I Upgrade?
By: POSGuys Support - 1/20/2016

A big question on many minds these days is whether or not to take advantage of Microsoft's offer of a free Windows 10 Upgrade. It looks like a great deal; and it is advertised to be faster, more secure, and have a better user experience. So the question is... should you upgrade? The answer is not a simple "yes" or "no", depending on your circumstances. Let's take a look at some of the features of Windows 10 that will impact the Point-of-Sale world. It's Free Windows 10, at this point in time, is free to upgrade from previous versions. However, that free offer will only l...

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Symbol DS4208 vs the Symbol DS4308
By: POSGuys - 1/18/2016

We recently created a video where POSGuy Travis raved about the merits of the Symbol DS4308 2D barcode scanner. It got me wondering, what exactly are the differences between the DS4208 and the DS4308? This is POSGal Camille, I reviewed the older DS4208 four years ago. Check out the two videos below or continue reading to get to the meat of the article. TLDR! (The too long didn't read version for the busy entrepreneur.) The DS4308 is better than the DS4208 because it scans from greater distance, usually has a similar price, and has generally better tech specs. If you are thinking of buyi...

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POS-X Ion Thermal Printer Installation
By: POSGuys Support - 1/13/2016

The POS-X Ion Thermal Printer is an affordable thermal printing solution. As such, we sell a large number of them from our website. Perhaps you've gotten the printer un-boxed and connected, but don't know how to proceed? Perhaps you've connected it to a new computer? How do you get the printer to start printing? We're here to help! Step One Download the printer drivers from our website. Make sure to save it to a folder or to your desktop where it will be easy to find. POS-X Ion Thermal Printer (Download drivers under the 'Downloads' Tab) Step Two Plug in the printer and make sure it's powe...

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Code CR5000 Presentation Barcode Scanner
By: Bethany - 1/12/2016

The new CR5000 Presentation Scanner by Code is a 1D, 2D, and postal barcode scanner with an optional age verification mode which allows scanning drivers license barcodes. This is a low profile, but high performing unit with a solid build. It can easily be transformed into a wireless Bluetooth compatible device with the purchase of a T5000 Bluetooth cable allowing it to work seamlessly with multiple types of mobile devices including iOS products. The CR5000 includes software for drivers license parsing and formatting and can even be configured for primary and secondary minimum ages. The scanner...

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Honeywell's PC42t
By: KC - 1/8/2016

The PC42t is a new and improved and compact printer. It is easy to install, it is quiet and prints quickly. It is a great printer for light to medium duty label printing. It can print both direct thermal and thermal transfer, USB, Parallel and Ethernet options available, and prints up to 4 inch print width. Some common size labels used with this printer are: 1.0" wide x 2.5" long -Part Number E01376 1" wide x 3.5" long -Part Number E01377 2.0" wide x 1.0" long -Part Number E25748-EA 3" wide x 1" long -Part Number E01383 3" wide x 2" ...

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Epson TM-T88V Driver Installation
By: POSGuys Support - 1/4/2016

The Epson TM-T88V is one of the most common modern receipt printers we support at POSGuys. The installation is relatively simple, but it might still be a daunting task if you're not used to it. We're here to help! Step One Go to Epson's website and download the Advanced Printer Driver and save it to a folder on your computer, like the Downloads folder. Epson TM-T88V Downloads Step Two Unzip and then run the installer. Step Three Select the Custom option and then click Next. Step Four No printer will show up on this screen at first, but we will add one to configure. Click the Add button. ...

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Interface Types and Cable Lengths
By: POSGuys Support - 1/4/2016

Printer Cable Lengths Here at POSGuys we receive a lot of questions about how long a cable can be to attach a printer to a computer. The answer depends on the type of connection or interface of the printer. Let's start by looking at the most common interfaces. USB By far the most common interface for most devices in our lives, USB is the instantly recognizable connection type. Receipt printers, however, typically use the USB Type B port, which has a more squarish shape. The maximum length of USB, no matter the interface type, is only 16 feet. This is because the signal will degrade over a...

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