A Printer Port is the connection through which the computer communicates with the printer. Printer Port types typically include USB, Parallel, or Serial. Parallel (LPT) or Serial (COM) ports are normally located on the back panel of the computer. USB Ports can be on the found on the back panel (on the motherboard circuitry) or on the front panel for easier access.
The term Port may also refer to a network connection (\\Server\Receipt) or to a file on the computer.
The Port List includes:
Parallel Ports - Standard Printer Ports (LPT1:, LPT2:, LPT3:, etc.)
Serial Ports - Only displayed if they are recognized in Windows (COM1:, COM2:, etc.)
OPOS: -Used with specific devices supported by OPOS Drivers (PINPad, Signature Capture, etc.)
MAIL: - Used with KeyMail to send emails from within Keystroke (see Using the MAIL: Printer Port)
PDF: - Used with Keystroke's internal PDF writer (see Using the PDF: Printer Port)
File - Used to save information to a file on the computer (or network computer)
Windows Printer - Prints to a printer already setup in the Windows operating system (uses the installed Windows Driver)
Direct to Windows Printer - Uses a printer already setup in Windows, but does NOT use the installed Windows Driver. This setting is commonly used for receipt printers with a paper cutter, custom label printers, and Cash Drawers plugged into a Windows Receipt Printer when special "control characters" need to be sent directly to the device.
Note: When using Remote Desktop Connections, a Session ID is often used by the computer. The Session ID may change from time to time. The maximum length of the port is 128 characters and Keystroke returns the Port setting to File if the Windows Printer selection exceeds 128 characters. In these cases, shorten the actual path, remove the Session ID, and replace it with an asterisk (*) at the end.
If the Windows Printer is identified as: "HP LaserJet Office 1500 C Series on Main Server (for session JOE)".
Change it to "HP LaserJet Office 1500 C Series*".
Note/Tip: Press [F3] from the Printer Setup Screen to bypass this Printer Ports selection screen and navigate directly to the currently selected Printer Port - Settings screen.
Creating and Customizing Printer Drivers
Printer Setup Screen
Using Network Printers
Keymail - Using the MAIL: Printer Port
PDF Printing - Using the PDF: Printer Port
Configuration Manager Contents