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  Connecting Barcode Thermal Transfer Tag Printers



* Note that a C-Itoh and Citizen printers use the same 'language

as a Datamax printers (they are Datamax compatible) so references to

Datamax below apply to you if you have a C-Itoh or a Citizen printer.


1)   Know what port the printer is plugged into (e.g. LPT1, LPT2,

   COM1, etc.) We always recommend that you get a parallel

   version of the Zebra or Datamax printers which would connect

   to one of the LPT ports. Only the serial versions of the

   printer would connect to a COM port.


   While serial printers have never been recommended and are not

   officially supported. If you have Windows 2000 or XP AND have

   a network we have some suggestions on how to get that working



3)   Test the connection by printing some sample tags. Go to the

   Jewelry Shopkeeper's COMMAND MENU. (To get to the Command

   Menu from Windows, double-click on the JS-Menu icon) At the

   Enter Your Choice---> prompt, type (for Datamax-type)

        COPY  DMXTEST  LPT1     and press Enter

   or, for a Zebra type  

        COPY  ZEBTEST  LPT1     and press Enter

   or for an Eltron printer (some low-end Zebras are Eltrons) type  

        COPY  ELTEST  LPT1      and press Enter

   If different, use the correct port name in place of LPT1


   This should make the printer print a few tags. The layout

   will not be correct for your tags, but at least it should print

   something that looks as if it would fit a dumbell tag. If it

   doesn't print, that means that either the port name you have

   specified is wrong, the cable is wrong or the MODE statement

   is wrong (if using serial.) Technical note: This ZEBTEST

   file is a simple text file containing ZPL to print a few

   tags. The DMXTEST file contains some basic Datamax



4)   After you have determined that the test is ok, start the

   Jewelry Shopkeeper, go to the System Maintenance menu and

   choose Printer Redirection. Make sure the printer number

   selected for the Thermal Printer corresponds to the right

   printer port. To do this, check the list of printers and

   make sure one of the entries has the correct printer port

   name in the PRINT_PORT column. Note the number on the left

   side of that line, then type that number in the following

   screen next to the line where it lists THERMAL TRANSFER



5)   From Jewelry Shopkeeper choose 2,5 for Tag Printing.

   Press D until that line reads THERMAL on the far right.

   Press B for layouts and make sure the first question has a

   D or a Z or an E according to your printer.


6)   See the separate tag layout instructions - which are specific

   to your type of printer.