How to connect an Epson TM Series Printer with a USB Adapter
A USB connection is one of the newer
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.
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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
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
To obtain the latest Device
Drivers from Epson:
Download and Install Epson’s
drivers available from
You WILL be REQUIRED to log in to access these
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
Click on TECHNICAL RESOURCES
Select the printer model under the menu
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
After installing the printer drivers, the printer should be visible in the printers folder of the Windows Control
Configuring the Printer in
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
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.