Your Epson printer will arrive with a static IP address assigned. You can either keep it static and update the IP address to one that exists on your local network (see our How to change the IP address of your Epson Printer post) or you can change the printer to use DHCP to automatically grab an IP address from the network via the steps below.
Changing your Epson printer to use DHCP is actually quite easy. It involves the following steps:
- Connecting your computer to your printer via a CAT5 Ethernet cable.
- Navigating to your printer's IP address in a browser.
- Changing the the TCP/IP section to use DHCP and resetting the printer.
We walk through each of these steps below.
Step 1: Connect your Epson printer to your computer
Your Epson printer should look something like this:
Connect your printer to a power source and then plug an Ethernet cable into the slot on the back left of the device:
Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your computer. If your computer doesn't have an Ethernet slot, you'll need a USB to Ethernet adapter, which looks like this:
Once you've connected your computer to your printer, then you'll need to change your computer's IP address for this direct connection to be in the same range as the printer. If you're using a Mac, this will look like this:
If you're adjusting a brand new printer, then the IP address of the printer will likely be 192.168.192.168. To confirm this, turn off the receipt printer, and then hold down the "Feed" button and power it back on. Keep holding the "Feed" button until it prints out a configuration page, which will have a section at the top that looks like this:
In this case, the IP address of the printer is set to 10.0.0.6. Note that the "SubnetMask" field is set to 255.255.255.0. This is important, too, but it's typically always set this way, so you usually don't have to change it.
Now that we know the receipt printer's IP address is 10.0.0.6, we need to change our network settings to this:
Note that we changed the "Router" field to 10.0.06 and we changed the "IP Address" field to 10.0.0.1. The "IP Address" can be set to anything that starts with 10.0.0.x, but we may as well set that "x" to 1.
When you're done making your adjustments, be sure to click the "Apply" button in the lower right. You'll see the IP address in the "USB 10/100/1000 LAN is currently active and has the IP address of..." change to the IP address you set.
Now that we've done this, we can navigate to the printer configuration page in a web browser. In this case, we're using a brand new receipt printer with IP address of 192.168.192.168, so that's the IP address we're going to browse to in our computer's web browser per below:
Two things may happen when you do this:
- The browser may tell you the webpage isn't secure. Just click through this and proceed anyway - it's okay if it's not safe.
- You may be asked to log in. If so, the username is "epson" and the password is "epson".
Once you end up on the page above, click on the "TCP/IP" link in the left sidebar. This will take you to a page that looks something like this:
You'll notice that the IP address is set to 192.168.192.168 in the example above, which is the same IP address that printed out on the configuration. You'll also notice that "Acquiring the IP address" is set to "Manual". Change this to "Auto" and then click the "Send" button. The next page will prompt you to reset the printer - go ahead and do this.
After a few seconds the lights on the printer will flash and the printer will make a small noise. This means it worked. Once this is done, you can disconnect the receipt printer's Ethernet cable from your computer and plug it into a port on your local network.
The next step is to prompt the receipt printer to acquire an IP address from the local network. Press and hold the "push" button on the back of a printer using a pen. Here's what the push button looks like:
After about 4 seconds, a receipt will print out listing the receipt printer's IP address.
The last step is to configure this IP address on the "Devices" page of Brandibble, and to update the Devices settings on the POS itself. Once this has been completed, your POS will be able to send print jobs to your Epson printer.