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    What are the benefits of SoftAP Printers?

    April 8, 2019

    Many businesses requiring wireless printing solutions in markets such as Retail, Hospitality, Payment, Logistics and Warehousing are expanding and strengthening their wireless solutions using new mobile infrastructure technology. Wi-Fi connectivity was always a key factor in this trend but has historically been complex when linking up non-LCD embedded industrial printers to Wi-Fi networks. For instance, Ad-Hoc and Wi-Fi direct one-to-one network systems are popular methods for setting up Wi-Fi printers. However, the user experience to configure these networks has always been a challenge, requiring an understanding of various technical concepts such as node, encryptions, security, etc. BIXOLON is aware of these issues and has provided a solution which removes the complexity of Wi-Fi networking its printers. Since 2017 BIXOLON has adopted a new mode called SoftAP onto a selection of its printers to enable easy Wi-Fi setup. Its printers enabled with SoftAP act as an access point (virtual router). Users can then directly connect their mobile devices or computers with a BIXOLON printer (without using a Wi-Fi router) using the SoftAP function. Easy Wi-Fi setup with SoftAP printers The SoftAP mode establishes a wireless network using BIXOLON printers. In other words, when this mode is enabled, the printer becomes an access point(AP) requiring users to only know two pieces of information, the SoftAP’s network name (SSID) and password. The connection is then established via below steps. Turn on the BIXOLON SoftAP printerSearch the SoftAP’s network name (SSID) and enter the password using the hostThe SSID and password will then be sent to the printer through the SoftAP connection by the host device These steps are very similar to a normal AP connection procedure enabling easy setup without hesitation. The SoftAP mode is the simplest way to setup Wi-Fi with existing one-to-one network connection methods programmed for the BIXOLON printer. This SoftAP mode is available for following products: Mobile Printers: SPP-R200IIIplus, SPP-R310plus, SPP-R410, SRP-L310 and SPP-L3000 Label Printers: XT5-40 POS Printers: SRP-Q300, SRP-S300, SRP-F310II, SRP-380 and SRP-350plusIII For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com/ or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    April 8, 2019

  • Tech & Trend

    Simple Wi-Fi Access For Printers: BIXOLON’s Smart Connection™ Technology

    February 7, 2019

    In this changing technological landscape, the marketplace is growing more mobile and the demand to empower workforces with immediate Wi-Fi access for their devices is paramount to ensure seamless workflow and drive productivity for many applications such as Retail, Logistics, Manufacturing and Warehousing. However, networking a printer to a host device for wireless communication has always been a challenge. With simple and intuitive experience you would expect from configuring consumer devices, Bixolon has addressed these issues to offer a tool that can be used to easily set up a printer for a wireless network. BIXOLON’s Smart Connection™ TechnologyUsing the Easy Setup Utility app on Android™ and iOS™ devices, Bixolon printers automatically connect to the same wireless AP as the host device. Available through the Google Play™ and App Store®, the Easy Setup Utility features Smart Connection™ technology enabling BIXOLON users to experience simplified Wi-Fi set up and eliminate the process of changing network settings. The Easy Setup Utility app is compatible with the following BIXOLON mobile printer models: XT5-40, SPP-R200IIIplus, SPP-R310plus, SPP-R410, and SPP-L3000. How Does the App WorkRequiring only an SSID and Password, the host provides and encrypts this information into UDP format and sends it to the printer. The printer will then be connected to the Wi-Fi network in DHCP mode using the given SSID and Password.It’s about as simple as that: Just download the app. • Android™ APP Tutorial *Click here for iOS™ APP Tutorial For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com/, http://blog.bixolon.com/ or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    February 7, 2019

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    Simple Wi-Fi access for iOS printer: BIXOLON’s Smart Connection™ Technology

    October 16, 2018

    Connecting printers to a localized Wi-Fi has always been a challenge. As technology continues to evolve, people expect to have immediate Wi-Fi access to their printers in a variety of applications such as Retail, Logistics, Transportation, Payments and Deliveries. However there are a range of issues to consider including: the IP address, security, SSID, encryption, etc when looking into device connectivity. BIXOLON’s Smart Connection™ Technology BIXOLON has addressed this issues with the Easy Setup Utility app which easily connects iOS™ mobile printers to available Wi-Fi networks. Available through the App Store®, the Easy Setup Utility features Smart Connection™ technology which enables BIXOLON users to experience Wi-Fi Infrastructure mode with simple and easy connection. The Easy Setup Utility app is compatible with the following BIXOLON mobile printer models: SPP-R200IIIplus, SPP-R310plus and SPP-R410. How does the App Work Using BIXOLON’s Smart Connection™ technology it simplifies the time-consuming process of connecting devices to Wi-Fi. Requiring only an SSID and Password, the host provides and encrypts this information into UDP format and sends it to the printer. The printer will then be connected to the Wi-Fi network in DHCP mode using the given SSID and Password. It’s about as simple as it can be: Just download the app. APP TutorialFor more information visit http://www.bixolon.com/, http://blog.bixolon.com/ or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    October 16, 2018

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    BIXOLON Releases SoftAP Support for Thermal Mobile Printers

    June 21, 2017

    BIXOLON Co., Ltd. a leading global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, today announced the addition of SoftAP network support for its growing SPP thermal mobile printer family. Developed in response to the market demand for “operating system agnostic” device configuration, the SoftAP feature enables selected BIXOLON 2-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch handheld printers to easily attach to a Wi-Fi network for immediate printing performance right out of the box. Users simply connect the printer to any 802.11a/b/g/n network and enter the network name to begin wireless printing from any Microsoft® Windows®, Android™ or iOS® device. In addition, with SoftAP, users can configure their entire installed base of BIXOLON printers via a web browser and remotely perform common administrative tasks including firmware updates, printer reboots and configuration of user login credentials. These simplified maintenance capabilities are especially beneficial in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, logistics, healthcare and other transaction-intensive environments that support Wi-Fi networked, on-the-go employees. “Connecting a mobile printer through an Adhoc connection has been historically cumbersome since it required non-technical users to configure a network IP address,” noted John Kim, BIXOLON director of marketing. “With SoftAP functionality, we’ve greatly improved the Wi-Fi onboarding experience. Users connect to the BIXOLON mobile printer the same way they connect to Wi-Fi networks every day—it’s much simpler and more familiar now.” SoftAP Supported Models SoftAP is now factory-installed on the following BIXOLON 2-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch SPP Series models: SPP-R200IIIplus - 2-inch thermal handheld printer with Bluetooth 4.1+LE Dual Mode (Smart Ready) and Dual-band WLAN (5GHz and 2.4GHz) support SPP-R310plus - 3-inch thermal handheld printer with Bluetooth 4.1+LE Dual Mode (Smart Ready) and Dual-band WLAN (5GHz and 2.4GHz) support SPP-R410 - 4-inch thermal handheld printer with Bluetooth 4.1+LE Dual Mode (Smart Ready) and Dual-band WLAN (5GHz and 2.4GHz) support About BIXOLON BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2016, for the third year in a row, BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha, securing a 31.9% market share. For more information, contact us at http://www.bixolon.com, or follow us on these social channels: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. BIXOLON and SoftAP are trademarks of BIXOLON Co, Ltd. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

    June 21, 2017