How to connect an Epson TM Series Printer with a USB Adapter

Overview
A USB connection is one of the newer connection types of connection between the computer and the printer.  A USB connection involves a pair of wires (transmit and receiver) along with the status and handshaking wires. The data cable connects the USB port on the computer to the USB adapter card on the printer.

Required Components

  • Epson POS Printer with Connect-It USB adapter (UB-U02 or equivalent)

  • Windows computer with USB port

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Installing and Setting the Connect-It USB Adapter
Install the Connect-It USB adapter into the Epson TM series printer


The adapter can replace the existing adapter and is held in place by 2 screws.



Attaching the Cable
Use a standard USB 2.0 printer cable to connect the printer. One end has a male USB type B connector, the other end has a male USB type A plug that goes into the computer.

USB (connector on printer end)

USB cards use USB Type B Cables


Getting Initial Printer and Connect-it Adapter Settings
Get the initial settings of the USB adapter. Run the printer self test (hold down the feed button while turning on the printer). The printer will print a list of initial settings including interface type, ID, and buffer capacity.


Installing the Device Drivers for Windows

To obtain the latest Device Drivers from Epson:

  1. Download and Install Epson’s drivers available from www.epsonexpert.com

  2. You WILL be REQUIRED to log in to access these drivers.

  3. If you do not have a log in, you will be required to register for this service (this is free and takes less than 10 minutes). This is a process controlled by Epson not Beagle Hardware.

  4. Click on TECHNICAL RESOURCES

  5. Select the printer model under the menu

  6. Click the download drivers on the printer page

 


Configuring the Computer

Configuring the USB printer is often the simplest of the Connect-It type adapters - it's Plug and Play. After connecting the cable and turning on the printer, Windows should see the device and install it automatically.

If there are problems you can verify the USB port you are using by checking the port in the Device Manager under the System in the Windows Control Panel.

 


Installing the Printer Driver in Windows
After installing the printer drivers, the printer should be visible in the printers folder of the Windows Control Panel.

Configuring the Printer in Windows
You normally do not need to make any changes in the printer settings to get it to work with the USB adapter.  You must use an Epson Port managed type port with the USB interface. The USB interface supports bidirectional communication.

 

 


Configuration Utilities to Run on the Computer

Epson Flash Utility
The Epson Flash Utility is normally installed with the Epson printer drives. It is used to upload bitmaps to Epson printers, but has a simple communication test which will check for basic connectivity between the computer and the printer. Pressing the "Comm. Test" button on the Setup tab of the utility will give a go/no-go indication of basic connectivity.

Running the TMNet configuration utility on the Computer
The TMNet network utility is not supported to work with the USB interface.

Testing the Printer
You should now be ready to test the printer by printing some text or by pressing the "Print Test Page" button in the General Tab of the printer properties.

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