Setting up a Star TSP 700 II Thermal Printer in Windows XP
This was not immediately obvious to me. I have a Star TSP 700 II thermal printer. It is an ethernet model. So I plugged it into our office network, and could not find it. To identify its IP, just hold down the “feed” button while turning the printer on. However, even when I knew the IP, I could not browse to the printer’s web config page. Perhaps there was some conflict on the network. I tried resetting the printer to its default DHCP IP of 0.0.00:
- identify the reset button on the back of the printer beside the ethernet port
- press it once for a few seconds with the end of a paperclip, until the lights on the ethernet port blink
- Release the button for 2 seconds
- press again until the lights on the ethernet port go dark (a few seconds again)
- the lights on the front of the printer should blink.
- the IP will now be found at 0.0.0.0
However, even with all of this tinkering, I could not set the printer up. The simplest method I found was to download the configuration utility from the star homepage. I installed this on windows XP, made sure that server could see the printer on the network by plugging it in, and if found the printer no problem. Using this utility, I could set the printer IP to whatever I wanted, and log into the printer webconfig. The default username is “root” with password “public”.
to add the printer to windows XP (traditional method):
- start>add printer
- local printer (it won’t be found)
- new port: Standard TCP/IP Port
- enter your printer IP
- I didn’t get further than this because “star” didn’t show up under device type
- I selected “raw” for the print type then had to download the drivers for start – as below:
So I proceeded to add the printer using the Star setup wizard.
- Download the XP drivers (above the previous IP found utility you previously downloaded).
- Extract and run the “setup” utility.
- The utility will detect the printer at the IP address you tell it.
- Then go back and add the printer via the windows “add printer” dialogue as above, the star drivers should appear in the list.
Adding this printer to Google Cloudprint
As seen previously you can use cloudprint to print from various servers to your local printer connected to say, a windows XP print server. To add your star printer, make sure the cloudprint app is running in the background and fire up chrome(ium) and sign in with your google account. You should just use one google account for cloudprinting to keep things simple. Add your new star printer.
Getting the Star TSP 700 II to print labels
I struggled with this for a while. We had labels in a roll that measured 5.8cm (width) X 3.8cm (height) with a print margin of 0.1cm all round. The printer would not recognize this size. In the end the solution was obvious after reading this star website:
- You need to add a new default printer label to the window’s xp “print server”. Right click on the printers window and select “server properties”:
- Create a new label with your dimensions as above.
- Then Right Click your star printer icon, and select properties>printing preferences. Make sure you select “device settings”. Ensure that friction is selected, your new labels (star_labels) and paper type “black mark” are all selected. This tells the printer the size of the label, and “black mark” indicates that the printer should look for a black mark on the back of the label to tell it to cut.
- If you like you can make these settings default for your printer, and also set them in the “star printer config utility”. NB – it took a while for all programs to pick up on the new “star_label” format in the windows print server. Perhaps restarting could help too.