Setting Up Static IP with Square Point of Sale
By default, Square Point of Sale uses dynamic IP address to connect to a printer. This is ideal for most scenarios. With a static IP connection, Square provides a fixed network address that your Point of Sale tablets and smartphones can use to communicate directly to your printer. Using a static IP address is useful in cases of remote communication (such as bypassing a VPN) and helps to avoid downtime with network outages, especially in situations with multiple checkout stations linking to one printer.
Read more about connecting a printer station to your device.
Note: Static IP is only available for iOS devices. This feature is not available for Android devices at this time, including Square Terminal and Square Register.
How It Works
Set Up a Static IP Address on Square POS
Setting up a static IP address should be done before you connect a printer to your Square Point of Sale. You’ll need to enable a static IP address for each printer that you are setting up to use a static IP address. If you have already connected your printer to your Point of Sale, disconnect and reconnect the printer once you have found your device’s static IP address.
Square supports most common Epson and Star Micronics printer models. Learn more about hardware compatibility by device.
Set Up Steps by Printer Type
You must begin by setting up each individual printer to have a static IP address, which is done on the manufacturer’s web browser interface.
We recommend that you work with your network administrator on the below steps to ensure that the address you assign to a printer is also properly reserved in your network configuration, and will not reset upon network restart.
Connect Square Point of Sale to a Static IP Address
Before getting started, please ensure you’re on the latest version of the Square Point of Sale app.
Log in to your Square app and click Settings > Hardware > Printers.
Tap Create Printer Station > Select Printer then Advanced Printer Setup.
Select the printer you wish to connect and enter the static IP address for your printer. If you do not have your static IP address, follow the instructions from the section above in order to obtain this information.
Once you provide your static IP address, your printer will connect to the Square static IP network.
Note: If you are getting a “Printer Not Found” notification when trying to connect, double check the IP address for your device is correct. You’ll also want to ensure your printer was set up correctly for static IP.
Note: Static IP is only available for iOS devices. This feature is not available for Android devices at this time.