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Using Network or USB or Serial printers  in Shop-Pro Version 9.7 and higher




These notes are for Shopkeeper version 9.7 or higher./.


This only works with printers that support the PCL language or barcode

tag printers.


Make sure the printers you're printing to are shared. You need to do this

even if it's a local printer that you don't really intend to share.


If your Windows XP computer is not networked and doesn't connect

to an internet modem by Ethernet then you'd need the extra steps of a

"fake" network - see the last section below.


In Windows, choose

Start, Settings, Printers & Faxes.

Right click the printer.

Choose Sharing.

Make sure the printer is SHARED and a SHARE NAME has been typed in.


Tip: - give it a short name with no spaces such as DATAMAX or HP2400

all in upper-case.



Once done, Go into Shoppro.


Choose 8,B (printer redirection)


Highlight the printer number you want to print to (eg, 5 HP laserjet)


Press F2   to see a list of network printers and select the right print

queue  from the list.

* If your printer list doesn't appear see (*) below


Press Escape to get to the next page "Customize Printer Destinations"


Make sure the correct printer number is typed into the corresponding print

job (eg. For REPORTS AND GENERAL USE: select 5 or whichever number you

noted on the list of printers)


(*) If your list of network printers does not appear, you can manually type

the word NET into the Q-Type column and type the full UNC of the printer

into the Print Queue column - such as \\SERVER\HP1320


Try printing the job.








Note: do NOT use these Simulating a Network instructions if you actually

do have a network or if you have a broadband internet connection.


These notes are only to be used to 'fake out' the computer so that the

USB port tricks above can work.


Windows XP


Start, Control Panel, Add Hardware

(Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard) NEXT


Yes, I have already connected the hardware, NEXT

Scroll down do the BOTTOM of the list

Click Add a new hardware device NEXT

Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (advanced) NEXT

Scroll down to Network adapters NEXT

Click on Microsoft of the left for Mfg

Click Microsoft Loopback Adapter on the right and click NEXT

The wizard is ready to install your hardware NEXT

"Please wait while the wizard installs the software ..."

"Completing the Add Hardware Wizard"

click FINISH