How to Change Swappable Interfaces on Star Printers

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Introduction

This application note shows how to change interfaces of swappable interface type Star Printers. Swappable interfaces provide the convenience of switching connection type without purchasing a new printer, making upgrades more cost effective.

 

Tools Needed: Star printer, new Star connection interface card, Philips screwdriver

 

Top Mounting Interfaces

Ensure the printer is unplugged. To avoid the risk of personal injury and/or printer damage, do not change the interface while the printer is powered on.

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Remove the two top screws holding the interface card in place.

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Remove the interface card unit by gently pulling in the direction of the arrow above.

 

Gently slide the new interface in until it is firmly seated. The interface card must be inserted into its connector.

 

Secure the new interface card using the two screws that were extracted in step 2.

 

To ensure the card was installed properly, run a self-test by following this procedure: Power off the printer. Press and hold the feed button while turning the power back on. Release the feed button as the printer’s first hardware self-test prints immediately. Check that the proper connection type is listed after “Interface:”

 

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Ethernet

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USB

 

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Serial

 

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Parallel

 

If the Interface field reads “None”, ensure the interface card was inserted into its connector inside the printer.

 

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your Star Printer’s swappable interface.

 

Side Mounting Interfaces

Notes: The TUP900 does not support ethernet.

 

SP500 swappable interfaces are USB and ethernet only; serial and parallel interfaces are fixed.

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Ensure the printer is unplugged. To avoid the risk of personal injury and/or printer damage, do not change the interface while the printer is powered on.

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Remove the two side screws holding the interface card in place.

 

Remove the interface card unit by gently pulling in the direction of the arrow above.

 

Gently slide the new interface in until it is firmly seated. The interface card must be inserted into its connector.

 

Secure the new interface card using the two screws that were extracted in step 2.

Ethernet

 

USB

Serial

 

Parallel

 

To ensure the card was installed properly, run a self test by following this procedure: Power off the printer. Press and hold the feed button while turning the power back on. Release the feed button as the printer’s first hardware self test prints immediately. Check that the proper connection type is listed after “Interface:”

 

If the Interface field reads “None”, ensure the interface card was inserted into its connector inside the printer.

 

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your Star Printer’s swappable interface.

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