How to enable DHCP on printers so they can communicate with your network!
Your Epson receipt and kitchen printers communicate with the Dripos POS through your Network. When you set up your printers, your printers should automatically generate an IP Address within your Network. Sometimes printers fail to connect to the POS Network because the printer DHCP is disabled and needs to be enabled in order to connect.
In this article you will learn how to enable DHCP for your printer. If you factory reset your printer or are trying to set up a printer that you did not purchase from Dripos, you will need to enable DHCP and manually configure your printer.
How Do I Know if a Printer's DHCP is Disabled?
To check if DHCP is enabled or disabled on your printer, you will need to print a test or IP slip by turning the printer off and turning it back on again. After you print the test slip, locate the section of the slip that shows the following information:
IP Address : 192.168.192.168
SubnetMask : 255.255.255.0
Gateway : 192.168.50.1
DHCP : DISABLED
Next to DHCP, check if the status says Enabled, Disabled, Acquiring - Manual or Static.
Note: If the DHCP is Enabled, your printer should be able to automatically generate an IP address that connects the printer to your POS network and you do not need to follow the steps in this article.
If the IP Address is valid (ex: 192.168.50.2), you may need to simply add the printer to printer settings in order for it to start printing. If the IP Address is 192.168.192.168 your printer is not connected to the internet and cannot locate your POS network.
Check that the ethernet cable is firmly and correctly connected between your printer and router (or switch) and is a working cable. You should also check if you internet is working and other devices are online.
If the DHCP status says disabled, acquiring - manual or static and the IP address says 192.168.192.168, your printer cannot connect to your POS network.
You will need to enable DHCP to finish setting up your printer. To enable DHCP you will need to leave your printer connected and use an iPad for the configuration.
1. Print a test slip from the printer that needs to be configured. Open the iPad Settings app and click on Wi-Fi
3. Click on the blue information symbol ⓘ next to the network you are connected to (Note: Make sure your iPad is connected to your POS Network)
4. Click Configure IP
5. Click Manual
6. Change the IP address to match that of the printer with the exception of the last set of numbers. For example, if your printer has the IP of 192.168.192.168, set the iOS terminal IP Address to 192.168.192.xxx, replacing the xxx with any number from 2-254 that is not already the device itself (Ex: 192.168.192.115). Set the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0 and the Router (gateway) to the IP of the printer (Ex: 192.168.192.168).
7. Click Save
8. Exit Settings and open Safari (or another browser) on your iPad
9. Enter the IP of the printer into the address bar and click Enter (Ex: If the IP is 192.168.192.168, type that exact IP in the browser)
10. If an error message appears saying “This Connection Is Not Private" ignore it and click "View Details” and then click “Visit this Website.”
11. When the login screen appears, enter the following credentials:
For Epson Printers purchased in 2020 or earlier:
At the end of 2020, Epson updated the' Password' to be the device's serial number. If you purchased your Epson printer in 2020 and 'Password: epson' is not accepted on the login screen, enter the device's serial number as the password instead (see below).
For Epson Printers purchased in late 2020 or in 2021:
At the end of 2020, Epson updated the' Password' to be the device's serial number. If you purchased your Epson printer in 2020 or earlier and 'Password: [Device Serial Number']' is not accepted on the login screen, enter 'epson' as the password instead (see above).
Password: [Device Serial Number]
Note: The serial number will be located on a sticker on the back or bottom of the printer. Epson Serial Numbers will be 10-digits and include letters and numbers. (Ex: X6Z7037678).
12. The EpsonNet Config page will appear
13. On the left-hand side in the menu, navigate to Configuration and click TCP/IP
14. Set Acquiring the IP Address setting to Auto
15. Click Send
16. Click Reset
17. The printer should automatically reboot and print a new test slip. If the printer does not reboot/print a new test slip after one minute, turn off the printer for 30 seconds and then turn the printer back on. A new test slip should print automatically.
Note: At this point the printer test slip should show a new IP Address for your printer that indicates it is connected to your POS Network (Ex: 192.168.50.6). If the IP Address still says 192.168.192.168, attempt the configuration steps again.
18. After your printer is configured with a new IP address, exit Safari (or your browser) and navigate back to your iPad Settings
19. Click Wi-Fi
20. Click on the blue information symbol ⓘ next to the network you are connected to (Note: Make sure your iPad is connected to your POS Network)
21. Click Configure IP
22. Select Automatic
23. Click Save
After your Wi-Fi settings have been restored, open your Dripos POS app and click on settings > printer settings to confirm that your printer instances match the new IP address that printed from the test slip.