Gaining Access to Zebra Label Printers and Cash Drawers

Gaining Access to Zebra Label Printers and Cash Drawers

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In May 2018 the Lizzy team released a new local service that runs on your computers in order to gain access to your cash drawers and Zebra printers.  This service should be installed on each local computer that has a cash drawer or printer attached to it.  The new local service will replace the need for JAVA being installed on the computer.

In this document we will be going through how to setup and install this new service along with some things you need to know.  There is also a training video here if you prefer visual instruction.

Let’s get started!

1) Download the following link and run it to start the installation process. It will be installing the application and its supported files into Desktop\Lizzy

NOTE: Because this is an exe file you may get warnings in Windows. Click through the warnings and install onto your desktop.
Lizzy Cash Drawer Setup Application

Note: If you are running an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7 32 bit, please choose LizzyServices386.
LizzyServices386 Setup For Older machines
 

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE FOR CASH DRAWERS WE’VE PLUGGED INTO THE USB PORT OF A COMPUTER. IF YOU ARE USING A NEWER STYLE NETWORKED CASH DRAWER THEN YOU CAN SKIP TO STEP 5 BELOW
2) Now we need to plug your cash drawer into the computer and click in the start menu to access your device manager by typing “Device manager” and pressing return.
 

3) Double click on USB Cash Drawer at bottom of USB device line item. Then click the tab for Cash Drawer and make sure it is set to COM1. If it
is necessary to run on a different port then you will need to change that here and will also need to edit the open.bat file to change the port
to match. By Default, we run on COM1.

4) Click the OK button and close the device manager screens that you’ve opened.

5) When using the networked version of Cash Drawers, the only thing needed is to delete the file open.bat that is located in the installation folder. By default this would be Desktop\Lizzy. Once you have deleted the open.bat file your cash drawer should be accessible from this computer.

NOTE: PICKUP HERE FOR BOTH TYPES OF CASH DRAWERS

NOTE AGAIN: You may get Windows firewall or security notices when you run the application for the first time. Just click through to run them anyway as everything this program does is on your local network only.
6) Next we’re going to double click on the LizzyServices.exe file and run it.  This will open a black box and present a few sentences explaining what it is.  Do not close this window, just minimize it and leave it running.

 

Next Steps:

When you ran the program the first time, it created some encryption keys. Because these services only run on your local network and have zero access to the Lizzy system, we’re not really that concerned about the keys. We just need them in order for Lizzy to have access to the hardware.

The issue though is that the browsers don’t like these types of encryption keys. They prefer the ones you have to pay a couple hundred dollars a year for and as a result are going to display a scary warning. Whether you’re using Chrome or Firefox, we’re going to skip past these errors and tell the browser we’re ok accessing the service anyway. So let’s see how we’re going to do that.

1) Go to Settings -> Invoicing -> Computer Names. We need to enter all of the computer names you’re using and we’re not really concerned if they are the real computer names or ones you want to call them. (Take a look at the video here to view the process.)

2) Once you have the computers setup with their names and have added access to each computer on your network, you should be able to start opening the cash drawer and printing barcode labels from systems without having to install JAVA or without having to install older versions of Firefox or Chrome.