Now - don't get us
wrong... we'd love to talk with you!
But when you're
paying us by the minute to help you... hmmm, you
might want to think about whether you want to be
gabby or just get "down to business".
Here are some of the things we typically
do when we configure a networked POS system:
We make sure
you have at least a 1.8Ghz CPU and 512MB RAM
(if you don't, you need a hardware update)
We make sure
you are running a fresh install of Windows (FreePOS doesn't run
on Apple computers - even in PC mode or
whatever they call it). Although
FreePOS is compatible with Vista and
Windows 8.x, installation goes best with
Windows 7 or Windows XP.
We make sure
you have all the equipment installed (that
means each printer has paper, a power cord,
a ribbon etc)
Next we ask you
to connect each computer to the internet... this
way we'll be able to login to each station
(don't worry - you don't have to leave the
internet connected to each station - this is
just done during initial setup)
Here's a sample network:
We normally set
the router (which may even have a
switch built right into it) to 192.168.1.1
assign static IP addresses to each
POS station (.201 for station 1, .202
for station 2, .203 for station 3, etc etc)
The server is assigned to 192.168.1.200
we use Static IP Addresses (skip this paragraph
if you have a life)
this IP addressing scheme was chosen is that
many routers have a thing called DHCP running by
default. Not to get too fancy, but DHCP
also assigns IP addresses to computers without
an address. We've never seen a DHCP
server assign IP addresses in the .200-.250
range - so that's where we put our static IPs
thus getting rid of a potential conflict.
we make sure each PC is on the internet.
www.MyFreePOS.net pops up in your web
browser then you are ready to give us a call.
Here are a
couple of last points to consider:
Category 5 or better cable. And
double check with your building code book
(it's under the front seat of your
girlfriend's pickup truck) to determine
whether or not you need PLENUM cable or just
regular PVC cable.
NETWORK PRINTERS plug into the switch.
SERIAL, USB, and PARALLEL printers plug into
the closest POS station... so make sure your
POS stations have enough free ports.
Now you are
ready to schedule a remote access session.
Here's what to do:
Fill out a
telephone support agreement and fax it
Call us at
540 243-0300 and schedule a time/date to
work on your system
After about 30-45 minutes per station you
will be POS-ing!
If your business
requires 7 days per week telephone support,
please sign up for a
monthly telephone support contract.