Task: share one receipt or POS printer between two operators that serve buyers in one small shop.
This problem does not appear if an accounting software has an internal printing queue and the program was initially designed to serve several workplaces. Suppose printing on a receipt, POS, or fiscal printer is carried out from an old or single-user application. In that case, both applications cannot access the same printer because a COM port can be connected to one computer only. TCP COM Bridge allows you to share a port for several computers at the same time. In server mode, it can separate print jobs from different computers. Hence, a job from one computer goes to a receipt or fiscal printer without interference, even if a print job is sent from another computer at the same time.
1. Install TCP COM Bridge (download) on a computer where is a receipt or POS printer is physically connected, and configure TCP COM Bridge as a TCP server.
Fig. 1. Network connection on the first computer
2. Select a COM port where a receipt or POS printer is connected.
Fig. 2. COM port on the first computer
3. Select the option to prioritize traffic from the last active client.
Fig. 3. Traffic prioritization
4. Create a second connection on the same computer, working in the TCP client mode and a new virtual COM port. The operator (accounting software) on this computer will connect to a receipt or POS printer through this virtual COM port locally.
Fig. 4. Second connection
Fig. 5. Virtual COM port
Fig. 6. Two connections on the first computer
5. Reconfigure your accounting software to use the new virtual COM port (COM20 in this example).
6. Install TCP COM Bridge on the second computer, printing on the same receipt or POS printer.
7. Configure TCP COM Bridge on this computer as a TCP client that connects to the first computer's IP address. It would be great if the first computer had a static IP address.
Fig. 7. Network connection on the second computer
8. Select a COM port number for a new virtual COM port by selecting the "Virtual port" option.
Fig. 8. Virtual COM port on the second computer
9. Select the new virtual COM port in the accounting software on the second computer.