The best known series of printers that are compatible with Clover POS, which is one of the most popular and affordable POS systems on the market, is the Star Micronics SP700 series.
These impact printers work with the Clover Mini, the Station 2018, Flex, and Mobile devices. The SP742ML model is only available in the US.
These printers cost around $200 each and are available on Amazon. They are equipped with multiple interface options and driver support for a large number of operating systems.
Any printer in this series will work anywhere you need it to. Interfaces are available for wired and wireless Ethernet and Serial, USB, Parallel, and more.
If you need to change an interface, it’s as easy as removing it from your SP700 and replacing it with the right interface.
Driver support covers Vista, Linux, and Mac OS X or Windows 2000 and XP, meaning the Star SP700 is a prime candidate for any POS system and station.
Star Micronics SP700 Series Features
The series boasts the following features, among others:
- User-swappable interfaces allows for easy upgradeability
- Prints at 4.7 lines per second
- Driver support for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, also Linux and Mac OS X
- 2-Color graphics printing
- Can be mounted horizontally or vertically
Mobile and Flex are only operable via Wi-Fi, while the Station 2018, Station and Mini can work via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Items will print to multiple printers automatically if you have items with multiple labels and assign multiple printers to those labels.
How do the printers work?
First, plug in the order printer. It should be on the same internet network as your devices for all the equipment to be compatible and communicate.
The printer must be plugged into the same router as the Clover device’s Wi-Fi connection if a Clover device uses a Wi-Fi connection.
Your printer is equipped with a 5-foot power cable. You’ll also need an internet source (a modem & router), a power source (such as an electrical outlet), and a Cat5 Ethernet cable. This should be sufficiently long to go from the printer to the Internet source.
To connect your order printer, expose the bottom plugs. You need to flip the printer over. Plug the power cable into the order printer.
Flip the order printer into the upright position. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the router and the other end to the printer.
Then, plug the power cable into a power source. Insert the paper roll and plug in the order printer. Finally, flip the switch to ON. It is on the side of the printer.
Set Up Star Printer for Your Kitchen
This next section will explain how to set up Star Printer for your kitchen, including how to create a star printer in the system, how to print a star printer configuration slip, and how to create a printer group for your kitchen printer.
To set up the Star SP700 printer, the user has to print a configuration slip first. Put in paper, insert the ink ribbon, and power on your printer.
Then, turn the printer on (if not on already). Hold the Feed button after turning the printer off. Turn it back on while holding the Feed button.
You will hear the printer emit two beeps and it will print out two slips. You can discard the first. There is an IP address on the bottom of the second slip. This IP address will be used to configure and create the printer in the system.
Create the Star Printer
Click on Settings, then Printers. Press Add in the upper right corner. Give your printer a name. This could be its location or anything else that makes sense to your team.
You can call it Kitchen if that’s where it is. Choose Star SP700 as the printer model and click ‘Configure Manually’. Get the IP address from the configuration step and enter it in the respective field. Click Save.
Create a Printer Group
The last step is to create a printer group for the kitchen printer. As with setting up the Station Printer, click on Printer Groups from Settings. Name the Printer “Group Kitchen” and press on Add. Click “Kitchen” to add the kitchen printer to the group.
Clover POS Kitchen Printers
Built to survive the heat and humidity of the kitchen, the Star Micronics SP742ML is a fast, two-color printer that offers highly legible, easy to read type for quick viewing.
You can even print orders in different languages when you use it with Clover. Keep in mind only European languages can be used and special characters can’t be printed. No other kitchen printer is compatible with Clover.
If needed, you can buy an extra long 50 foot LAN cable.
Types of Clover Printers
This section lists the types of Clover printers. We’ve reviewed the most popular types.
Clover POS Label Printer
The Brother QL-710W can print as many as 93 labels per minute. This wireless label printer makes it possible to generate custom labels for price stickers, postage, barcodes, address labels, and more.
Clover Mobile Printer
Even on the go, Clover Mobile can pair with Clover Mobile Printer to allow the system to print receipts. Clover Mobile Printer comes with a base clip. To ensure better drop performance, it is made of liquid silicone rubber.
The Clover Flex weighs a mere 1 lbs. It’s screen is 5 inches. To use it, the dimensions of your thermal paper rolls should be 2 ¼” x 50’’. Custom printed receipts and small packs are available if you need less than 50 rolls.
The Clover mini is slightly heavier at 2.3 lbs. It is 8 inches wide. The counter displays this system. It is used by the customers during checkout. The printer is built into the unit.
If you are using the Clover Mini, you must use 2 ¼” x 85′ Thermal Paper Rolls. Packages available include 25, 50, and 72 rolls per case.
It’s also possible to get rolls in a lively banana yellow color or a shorter thermal paper roll, more specifically 2 ¼” x 50′ in size.