Intermec EASYCODER PL4 User Manual

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User's Guide

EasyCoder PL4

Printer

Intermec Technologies Corporation

6001 36th Avenue West

Everett, WA 98203

U.S. service and technical support: 1-800-755-5505

U.S. media supplies ordering information: 1-800-227-9947

Canadian service and technical support: 1-800-668-7043 Canadian media supplies ordering information: 1-800-268-6936

Outside U.S.A. and Canada: Contact your local Intermec service supplier.

The information contained herein is proprietary and is provided solely for the purpose of allowing customers to operate and/or service Intermec manufactured equipment and is not to be released, reproduced, or used for any other purpose without written permission of Intermec.

Information and specifications in this manual are subject to change without notice.

2003 by Intermec Technologies Corporation All Rights Reserved

The word Intermec, the Intermec logo, MobileLAN, JANUS, Trakker Antares, EZBuilder, Data Collection Browser, dcBrowser, EasyCoder, EasyLAN, TE 2000, Universal Access Point, UAP, IRL, and CrossBar are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Intermec Corporation.

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A.

Throughout this manual, trademarked names may be used. Rather than put a trademark ( or ) symbol in every occurrence of a trademarked name, we state that we are using the names only in an editorial fashion, and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement.

There are U.S. and foreign patents pending.

Contents

 

Introducing the EasyCoder PL4 Printer.........................................

5

Unpacking and Inspecting ..............................................

5

Reporting Damage..........................................................

5

Learning About the Printer............................................................

6

Installing the Battery .....................................................................

7

Charging the Battery .....................................................................

8

Using the Single Battery Charger ....................................

8

Using the 4-Pack Charger .............................................

10

Understanding the Control Panels...............................................

13

Standard Control Panel.................................................

13

LCD Control Panel ......................................................

14

Loading the Media ......................................................................

17

Loading Fanfold Media ...............................................................

21

Verifying the Printer Is Working .................................................

22

Establishing Communications With a Terminal ..........................

27

Serial Cable Communications .......................................

27

Bluetooth Communications ..........................................

30

Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)

 

Communications .....................................................

32

Setting Up the Software ..............................................................

44

Downloading Firmware...............................................................

45

Using the Accessories ..................................................................

46

Using the Belt Clip .......................................................

47

Using the Adjustable Shoulder Strap .............................

48

Maintaining the Printer...............................................................

49

Extending Battery Life ..................................................

49

Cleaning the Printer......................................................

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Troubleshooting..........................................................................

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Understanding the Standard Control Panel LEDs .........

53

Understanding the LCD Control Panel Icons................

53

Troubleshooting Printer Problems.................................

54

Using Communications Diagnostics Mode ...................

57

Specifications...............................................................................

58

Printing Specifications...................................................

58

Memory/Communications Specifications ......................

58

Label Specifications .......................................................

59

Font/Bar Code Specifications ........................................

60

Physical/Environmental/Electrical Specifications ...........

60

Communications Port...................................................

61

Accessories ....................................................................

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Introducing the EasyCoder PL4 Printer

Thank you for choosing the Intermec EasyCoder® PL4 Printer. This rugged printer is sure to become a productive and efficient addition to your workplace thanks to its innovative design.

Intermec ensures world-class support for all of your bar code printers, software, and supplies.

This user’s guide gives you all the information necessary to operate the PL4 printer.

The PL4 uses the CPL programming language. To create and print labels using the CPL language, refer to the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual (P/N 073210). You can also use our Intermec PL-Series Utility Software(PLUS) to create labels and send files to your printer. The manual and Intermec PLUS are available on the CD that came with your printer and on our web site at www.intermec.com.

Unpacking and Inspecting

Inspect the printer for possible shipping damage:

Check all exterior surfaces for damage.

Open the media cover (refer to “Loading the Media” later in this guide) and inspect the media compartment for damage.

In case shipping is required, save the carton and all packing material.

Reporting Damage

If you discover shipping damage:

Immediately notify and file a damage report with the shipping company. Intermec is not responsible for any damage incurred during shipment of the printer and will not cover the repair of this damage under its warranty policy.

Keep the carton and all packing material for inspection.

Notify your authorized Intermec reseller or sales representative.

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Learning About the Printer

The EasyCoder PL4 printer is a rugged, portable label and receipt printer that provides:

Print resolution of 203 dpi

Print speeds up to 7.62 cm (3 inches) per second

Serial or wireless communications options

Use the next two illustrations to familiarize yourself with the printer.

Platen

roller

Black mark sensor

Media

cover

Media rollers (2 places)

Media support

disks (2 places) Rear media slot

Printhead

Media support (2 places)

Self-strip bar

Latch

Latch release

Control button panel

"D" rings

PL4U002.eps

Front view of the EasyCoder PL4

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Communications port

Belt clip

Charger

Battery

jack

PL4U003.eps

 

Back view of the EasyCoder PL4

Installing the Battery

Note: Batteries are shipped uncharged.

1 Unwrap the battery.

2Rotate the belt clip to allow access to the battery compartment.

3 Insert the battery into the printer.

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Belt clip

Charger

jack

Battery

PL4U006.eps

 

4 Press the battery into the printer until it locks in place.

When the battery is first installed, the Control Panel indicators may briefly turn on and then go off which indicates the battery is not fully charged. For help, see “Using the Single Battery Charger” and “Understanding the Control Panels” later in this guide.

Charging the Battery

This section explains how to use the following chargers:

Single battery charger (P/N AT15759-1) that comes with an AC contact adapter for the U.S.A. (110V). You can also order a set of international contact adapters (P/N AN16740-1).

4-pack battery charger (P/N AT16305-2) that is designed to charge up to four PL4 batteries simultaneously. You must remove the batteries from the printer to charge them.

Using the Single Battery Charger

Using the single battery charger, you can charge the battery while it is in the printer or when it is removed. If the battery is in the printer, the printer must be turned off to charge the battery.

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Do not attempt to charge batteries with the charger while printing. Attempting to print while charging can result in improperly charged batteries.

Attention: Ne pas essayer de charger des batteries à l’aide du chargeur pendant l’impression. Toute tentative d’impression pendant le processus de charge risque de produire des batteries mal chargées.

To use the single battery charger

1(Optional) Install the battery in the printer. For help, see the previous section.

2 Insert the AC contact adapter into the single battery charger.

3 Plug the single battery charger into an AC wall receptacle.

4 Insert the charge cable into the charger jack.

Charger jack

Single battery charger

AC contact adapter

Charger

LED

PL4U008.eps

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5The charger LED will indicate the status of the charger as follows:

Charger LED Status

Description

Steady on light

The battery is undergoing a fast charge.

 

 

Slow blinking light

The charger is in trickle mode. The battery

 

is ready for use.

Rapidly blinking light

There is a problem with the battery. It may

 

have an internal short or its charge

 

monitoring circuitry may be

 

malfunctioning. Do not use the battery.

 

 

Using the 4-Pack Charger

Please follow these guidelines when situating the 4-pack charger:

Do not place the charger in locations where liquids or metallic objects may be dropped into the charging bays.

Do not block the ventilating slots on the top and bottom covers.

Make sure the charger is plugged into a power source that stays on for overnight charging.

To charge the battery with the 4-pack charger

1Make sure the charger has been installed properly. See the guide that came with your 4-pack charger for help. The power indicator on the front panel should be on.

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Power supply

Fast

Charge

 

 

 

Full

 

Fault

 

Charge

 

 

 

 

 

Ready

Fast

Charge

 

 

 

Full Ch

 

Fault

 

arge

 

 

 

 

Ready

Amber indicator

Green

indicator Charger bay

Fast Ch

 

 

arge

Full

 

Fault

Cha

rge

Ready

 

 

Fast Ch

 

 

arge

Full

 

Fault

Cha

rge

 

Ready

Power

 

 

PL4U009.eps

Power indicator

2Plug a battery into any one of the four charger bays, noting the orientation of the battery.

3Slide the battery into the charging bay until it stops and then rock the battery back until it snaps into place. The amber indicator directly under the battery being charged will turn on if the battery is properly installed.

The indicators under the battery will allow you to monitor the charging process per the next table.

Amber

Green

Battery Status

On

Off

Charging

 

 

 

On

Flashing

80% charged (OK to use)

Off

On

Completely charged

 

 

 

Flashing

Off

Fault

 

 

 

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Note: A fault condition is caused by a problem with the battery. The charger may indicate a fault because the battery is too hot or cold to charge reliably. Charge batteries between 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F). If the amber indicator starts flashing on the second attempt, the battery should be discarded.

4-Pack Charger Cycle Times for PL4 Batteries

Percentage Charged

Time

Battery 80% Charged

2.5 hrs.

 

 

Battery Fully Charged

5 hrs.

 

 

These times are for completely discharged batteries. Batteries that are only partially discharged will take less time to reach their charged state. You can use batteries that have reached 80% of their charge capacity, but we recommend you allow the batteries to reach a full charge to maintain maximum battery life.

The 4-pack battery charger has a safety feature that stops charging a battery after 6 hours regardless of its charge state.

Do not allow your battery charger to come in contact with any conductive material. It creates a short circuit that could cause burns and other injuries or could start a fire. Use of any charger not approved specifically by Intermec for use with its batteries could cause damage to the battery pack or the printer and will void the warranty.

Attention: Le chargeur de batterie ne doit pas entrer en contact avec un matériel conducteur. Dans le cas contraire, un court-circuit risque d’entraîner des brûlures et d’autres blessures ou de provoquer un incendie. L’emploi d’un chargeur non approuvé de façon spécifique par Intermec pour utilisation avec ses batteries risque d’endommager le bloc-batterie ou l’imprimante et annulera la garantie.

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Understanding the Control Panels

The EasyCoder PL4 comes with one of two possible control panels:

The standard control panel

The LCD control panel

Standard Control Panel

The next illustration shows the standard control panel with its three buttons and two LEDs.

Green

Yellow

Power LED

LED Feed

button

button

Function

PL4U016.eps

button

 

Standard Control Panel Functions

Button or LED

Function

Power button

Turns the printer on and off.

 

 

Green LED

Steady on light indicates power on or an established

 

RF link.

 

Fast blinking light indicates no RF link (on RF

 

equipped printers only).

 

Slow blink indicates a low battery.

 

For more information, see “Understanding the

 

Standard Control Panel LEDs” later in this guide.

 

 

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Standard Control Panel Functions (continued)

Button or LED

Function

Yellow LED

Steady on light indicates an out of media or media

 

cover not closed error condition.

 

Fast blink indicates RF activity (on RF equipped

 

printers only).

 

Fast blink with a chime indicates that no application is

 

loaded.

 

For more information , see “Understanding the

 

Standard Control Panel LEDs” later in this guide.

 

 

Feed button

Advances the media out one label or a software

 

determined length of media.

Function button

Performs functions controlled by the printer

 

application such as:

 

• Print a battery level report

 

• Print the Local Area Network (LAN) status

 

• Print a Bluetooth radio status

 

• Print a media supply report

 

For information on printer applications, see the

 

EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference

 

Manual.

 

 

LCD Control Panel

The LCD control panel has buttons for the power on/off and media feed functions just as in the standard control panel. In addition, it has two keys that allow easy navigation and selection of menu options affecting many printer functions.

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Feed

Printer status icons

Scroll

button

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

Select

 

LCD

button

 

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

PL4U017.eps

 

LCD Control Panel Functions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button or LED

Function

 

 

Feed

Advances the media out one label or a software

 

 

determined length of media.

 

 

 

 

Scroll

Scrolls through the options and settings.

 

Select

Selects an option or setting.

 

 

 

 

Power

Turns the printer on and off.

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the screen has a row of status icons that indicate the state of various printer functions.

Status Icon Functions

Icon Function

Indicates the printer is associated with a wireless Local Area Network (LAN). This icon is functional only with PL4 network printers.

A flashing icon indicates low battery status. You should suspend any printing operations and recharge or replace the battery pack as soon as possible.

A flashing icon indicates that the media cover is open or not properly latched.

A flashing icon indicates that a file is being downloaded to the printer.

A flashing icon indicates that the printer does not detect any media. This could indicate an out of media condition or improperly loaded media.

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In addition to the status icons, the LCD control panel can display many of the printer’s settings and functions as text. Refer to the next table, “LCD Functions,” for the full set of printer features that are available with the LCD panel. To set these functions, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

LCD Functions

Function

Default Setting

Options

 

 

 

Sensor Type

Gap

Black mark

 

 

Gap

 

 

 

Baud Rate

19200

9600

 

 

19200

 

 

38400*

 

 

57600

 

 

115200

Data Bits

8

7

 

 

8

 

 

 

WLAN ID**

Factory Set Value

N/A

Label Top-of-

000

Increase (+120 dots max)

Form

 

Decrease (-120 dots max)

 

 

 

Left Position

000

Increase (+120 dots max)

 

 

Decrease (-120 dots max)

LCD Contrast

0

Increase

 

 

Decrease

 

 

 

No activity

60 sec.

60 sec.

Timeout**

 

5 min.

 

 

10 min.

 

 

30 min.

 

 

Custom

Tear-off Position

00

Increase (+120 dots max)

 

 

Decrease (-120 dots max)

 

 

 

Media Type

Label

Label

 

 

Continuous

LCD Backlight

Off

On

 

 

Off

 

 

Momentary on with time

 

 

delay

 

 

 

Factory Reset

No

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

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*The highest baud rate with consistent results is 38400.

**Some parameters, such as the WLAN ID number and non-standard noactivity time out values can be set using a PC running Intermec PLUS and a data cable link to the printer.

The LCD has a backlight option that allows viewing of the screen in a dark environment or provides better contrast in a very bright environment. Using the backlight decreases the time the printer runs between charges. Refer to the section “Extending Battery Life” for more information.

Loading the Media

You can operate this printer in one of two different modes: Tear-Off or Self-Strip. Tear-Off mode allows you to tear off each label (or a strip of labels) after it is printed. In Self-Strip mode, the backing material is peeled away from the label as it is printed. After you remove this label, the next one is printed.

The PL4 printer supports direct thermal receipt, label, or tag media.

Note: To print a configuration label, you need to load continuous media (media with no black marks or gaps) into the printer. The printer shipped with a sample roll of continuous media. For help printing a configuration label, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” later in this guide.

To load the media

1Press the latch release button on the side of the printer. The latch assembly flips open automatically.

2Rotate the media cover back to expose the media compartment and the adjustable media supports.

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PL4U011.eps

3Pull the media supports apart, insert the roll of media between them, and let the media supports close. Make sure the media pulls off the core in the direction shown in the next illustration.

Media supports

PL4U013.eps

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The supports adjust themselves to the width of the media. The media should be able to spin freely on the supports.

4If you want to use the printer in Tear-Off mode, go to the next step.

If you want to use the printer in Self-Strip mode, peel a few labels off of the media.

5 Close the media cover.

6If you want to use the printer in Tear-Off mode, flip the self-strip bar down away from the latch assembly.

If you want to use the printer in Self-Strip mode, slide the self-strip bar up with your thumbs until it locks into place on the latch assembly.

Tear-Off mode

Label

Media cover

Self-strip

bar shown in tear-off

position

Self-Strip mode

Self-strip bar shown in self-strip position

Latch assembly

Backing Media

cover

 

Latch

PL4U045.eps

assembly

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7 Rotate the latch assembly until it locks in place.

8Turn on the printer or press the Feed button if the printer is already on. The printer advances the media.

Tear-Off mode

Self-Strip mode

Media

Media

cover

cover

Latch

PL4U044.eps

Latch

assembly

assembly

 

The printer advances the media to the next label, if printing labels. If you are printing on continuous media, the printer will advance a short strip of media and will then be ready for printing.

To switch from Self-Strip mode to Tear-Off mode

1 Turn off the printer.

2Press the latch release button on the side of the printer. The latch assembly flips open automatically.

3 Pull the self-strip bar slightly forward and then push it down.

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Self-strip bar

 

Latch

PL4U046 .eps

assembly

4 Rotate the latch assembly until it locks in place.

Loading Fanfold Media

The PL4 has a loading slot in the rear of the media compartment that allows you to use standard 101.6-mm (4-inch) wide fanfold media from an external supply. It is important to place the external media supply in a location that allows the media to feed easily through the printer.

To load fanfold media

1Press the latch release button on the side of the printer. The latch assembly flips open automatically.

2Rotate the media cover back to expose the media compartment and the adjustable media supports.

3Pull the media supports apart, insert a media spacer such as a label roll core or other cardboard tube between them, and let the media supports close.

4Insert the media from the external supply through the rear feed slot, between the media guides, and up through the media compartment. Make sure the side of the media you will be printing on faces the printhead.

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Rear media slot

Media

spacer

PL4U015.eps

Surface of media

 

to be printed

5Close the media cover and then rotate the latch assembly until it locks in place.

6Turn on the printer or press the Feed button if the printer is already on.

The printer advances the media to the next label, if printing labels. If you are printing on continuous media, the printer will advance a short strip of media and will then be ready for printing.

Verifying the Printer Is Working

Before you connect the printer to your computer or portable data terminal, make sure that the printer is in proper working order. You can do this by printing a configuration label using the next procedure. If you cannot get this label to print, refer to “Troubleshooting” later in this guide.

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To print a configuration label

1Turn the printer off. Load the media compartment with continuous media (media with no black marks printed on the back).

2 Press and hold the Feed button.

3Press and release the Power button and keep the Feed button pressed. When printing starts, release the Feed button.

The printer prints a line of interlocking “x” characters to make sure all elements of the printhead are working, prints out the version of software loaded in the printer, and then prints two reports.

The first report indicates model, firmware version, serial number, baud rate, and other printer information. The second report prints out more detailed information on the printer’s configuration and parameter settings. If no second report appears, there is no application loaded.

The Wireless Communications report appears if the printer has a Bluetooth radio or 802.11b radio option. If no radio options are installed, the Wireless Communications Section consists of a blank line.

The Label section shown in the second report reports the maximum size label that can be printed, based on a printer resolution of 8 dots per mm (203 dots per inch or dpi).

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Intermec PL4 V79.40 12/23/02

Printhead Test

CHK: FFFF

HTSE7940 /18

Testing Memory...

Memory tested and OK

Baud Rate: 19200 BPS

In-activity Timeout: 120 Secs

Low battery Shut-down: 170

End of report.

Example of first report

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0

Intermec PL4 V79/00 08/24/01

Serial Number:

XXEC00-10-0042

xxQF00-10-0042

Name: xxQF00-10-0042

Unit serial number

Program:

 

Firmware:HTQ47940 /18 Chksum:F18A

Software:HTK44L

Chksum:5C8F

Ver:L4.R79.40.U176.B19.T19.A00

Cable Communications:

19200 BPS, N,8,1

Handshake:hardware DSR: 1

Bridge mode: off

Wireless Communications:

Application number

Report appears only on units with wireless options installed. Units with no wireless option will print an empty line and resume the report.

Beginning of second report

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Cable Communications:

115200 BPS, N,8,1

Handshake:Hardware

Wireless Communications:

NO LINK ATTEMPTED

 

SRRF Version: 5.17.12W

 

Release Date: 05/08/00

Bluetooth Software Version

Src Address:

1140850687

 

Dest Address:

0

 

Data Retries:

5

 

Packet Size:

1000

Bluetooth settings

RF Baud:

9600

 

Max RF Baud:

9600

 

Manchester:

Enabled

 

Sleep Mode:

Enabled

 

CC Threshold:

10

 

Extra CCF:

Disabled

 

Busy Mode:

Disabled

 

Low Battery:

Shutdown

 

Debug Mode:

Disabled

 

Bluetooth section of report

PCMCIA/CF Adapter 1.0

Build Date: Jan 15 2003

Build Time: 12:09:01

Card Detected.

Spectrum24 802.11b

MAC Adress: 00:a0:f8:a3:50:99

Operating Mode: infrastructure

Preamble Length: long

Power Save: best

Encryption: 128-bit 802.11b settings

Authentication: open system

Kerberos: off

Stored ESSID: TJX_2100

Associated ESSID: TJX_2100

802.11b section of report

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Peripherals:

MCR 2.00

LCD: Installed Expansion module: 0x1D 802.11/b PCMCIA 5V Other : 0F

Power Management:

In-activity Timeout:120 Secs Low-battery Timeout:60 Secs Remote(DTR) pwr-off:Enabled Voltage :6.98(179) Low-bat Warning :6.86(176) Low-bat Shut-down:6.55(168)

Memory(0):

Flash :2097151 Bytes

RAM :2097151 Bytes

Label:

Width :800 dots, 100 mm Height:15095 dots, 1886 mm

Sensors: (Adj)

Pres [DAC:143,Thr:120,Cur: 13]

Label Present

 

Media [

8 (384 dots)]

Gap [DAC: 0,Thr:

30,Cur: 6]

Bar [DAC: 0,Thr:

70,Cur: 11]

Temperature :165

 

Voltage

 

:6.94(178)

Resident Fonts:

 

 

 

Font

 

Sizes

Chars

0

 

0-6

20-FF

1

 

0

 

20-80

2

 

0-1

20-59

4

 

0-7

20-FF

5

 

0-3

20-FF

6

 

0

 

20-44

7

 

0-1

20-FF

File Directory:

 

 

 

File

 

 

Size

DIAGS

.BAT

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INDEX

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Command Language:

CCL Key '!'[21]

End of report.

Continuation of second report

Flash memory size

Maximum label size

Files loaded in printer memory (includes pre-scaled or scalable fonts)

Amount of memory available

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Establishing Communications With a Terminal

The printer must establish communications with a host terminal that sends the data to be printed. The PL4 printer provides three ways to communicate with a terminal:

Serial cable between the printer and the host terminal

Bluetoothradio link

Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) per 802.11b specifications

Serial Cable Communications

All EasyCoder PL4 printers can communicate by serial cable. One end of the serial cable is an 8-pin circular DIN connector that plugs into the serial communications port on the side of the PL4 printer. A weather resistant flap protects the communications port. The connector is keyed to ensure correct alignment; do not try to force the cable if it does not plug in. Plug the other end of the cable into the host terminal or the serial port on a computer as shown in the next illustrations. Communications between the terminal and the printer are controlled by the applications running on the terminal and the printer.

Note: Turn off the printer power before you connect the serial cable.

Before you can make a serial connection, the serial communications settings for the terminal or PC must match the settings on the printer. The next table shows the default serial communications settings for the printer. The printer must be set to the default serial settings in order to communicate with Intermec PLUS.

 

Parameter

Default Setting

 

Baud rate

19200

 

 

 

 

Data bits

8

 

Parity

None

 

 

 

 

Stop bit

1

 

 

 

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Connecting the printer to a terminal

Serial communications

cable to computer

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Connecting the printer to a PC

The next table indicates the Intermec terminals that have been tested with the PL4 printer and the part number for the cable you need to connect the terminal and printer.

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Terminals and Cables

Terminal

Cable Part Number

Trakker Antares 2415

BL11757-000 with the communications

 

dock (P/N TD2410A) or serial adapter

 

cable (P/N 069591)

 

 

Trakker Antares 2425

BL11757-000 with the optical link adapter

 

(P/N 064021)

Trakker Antares 2435

BL11537-1

 

BL11537-2

 

 

Trakker Antares 2455/2475

BL16816-1

Trakker Antares 248X

BL11757-000

 

 

502X

BL11757-000

5055

BL11757-000

 

 

6110

BL11757-000

6400

BL11757-000

 

 

6640 and 665X

BL11757-000

700 Series Mobile

BL16815-1

Computers

 

 

 

RT1100/1700 Series

BL11537-1

 

BL11537-2

 

BL13309-1

RT1700 Series

BL12804-1

 

BL13298-1

 

 

RT5900 Series

BL12803-1

 

 

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Bluetooth Communications

Note: The following section only applies when the Bluetooth

Module is installed in the PL4 printer.

The radiated output power of this internal wireless radio is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, this Bluetooth radio must be used in such a manner that the antenna is 2.5 cm (1 inch) or further from the human body such as with a belt clip or shoulder strap. Do not use the printer in an unauthorized manner.

Attention: La puissance de sortie émise par ce module sans fil interne se situe bien au-dessous des limites d’exposition à la radiofréquence stipulées par la FCC. Toutefois, ce module Bluetooth doit être utilisé de façon à ce que l’antenne se situe à 2,5 cm ou plus du corps humain, avec une pince de ceinture ou une courroie par exemple. Utiliser seulement l’imprimante de façon autorisée.

“Bluetooth” is a worldwide standard for the exchange of data between two devices via radio frequencies. Bluetooth radios are relatively low powered to help prevent interference with other devices running at similar radio frequencies. This low power limits the range of a Bluetooth device to about 10 meters (approximately 32 feet).

To exchange data, two Bluetooth enabled devices must establish a connection. Bluetooth software is always running in the background, ready to respond to connection requests. One device (known as the master or the client) must request a connection with another. The second device (the slave or the server) then accepts or rejects the connection. A Bluetooth enabled PL4 normally acts as a slave, but in theory any Bluetooth device can be either a master or a slave. This miniature network is sometimes referred to as a “piconet” and can consist of several Bluetooth enabled devices.

Each Bluetooth PL4 has a unique Bluetooth Device Address (BDA) loaded into its module when manufactured.

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Note: If the printer times out, sending a print request through the Bluetooth connection will not turn the printer on. Make sure the printer is on before sending your print request.

To print labels from a Bluetooth-enabled device

1Create a label file with a .LBL extension, and load it on your device. You can use Intermec PLUS to create your label file. For help, see the online help.

2Load the Bluetooth print utility for your processor on your device:

Processor

Bluetooth Print Utility

 

 

ARM BTPrintUtilityARM.exe

MIPS BTPrintUtilityMIPS.exe

SH3 BTPrintUtilitySH3.exe

These utilities are on the CD that came with your printer.

For help loading the utilities, see the device’s manual.

3 Turn on the printer.

4Using either Intermec PLUS or CPL, set Bluetooth authentication On or Off. When you set Bluetooth authentication to On, the passkey is created using an algorithm based on the friendly name.

5On the device, find the Bluetooth COM port setting for the device. For example, to find the COM port on a 700 Series Mobile computer, select My Bluetooth Device and then COM Ports.

6Search for the printer and establish a connection. For help, see the device’s manual.

7 Open the Bluetooth print utility on your device.

8On the Print Utility screen, make sure the serial port matches the port the Bluetooth connection is using.

9 From File Name, select the label file you loaded.

10 Click Print (1). The printer prints the label.

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11 Close the Bluetooth print utility, or print another label.

Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Communications

This section provides information about the Compact Flash radio and PCMCIA card radio and procedures for the following setup scenarios:

LPD and TCP printing

WEP encryption

POP3 e-mail printing

Ad Hoc mode

WLAN Module Using a Compact Flash Radio

Note: The following section only applies when the CF (Compact Flash) WLAN module is installed in the PL4 printer. The FCC ID number label is on the bottom of the printer.

Use of the PL4 with the CF radio module meets the FCC requirements for radio frequency radiation exposure when worn in the standard configuration. In this configuration, which applies whether you use the belt clip or shoulder strap, the face of the printer where the media comes out is facing away from you. You must use the standard configuration when wearing the printer.

Avertissement: L’utilisation du PL4 avec le module radio CF est conforme aux exigences de la FCC en termes d’irradiation à la radiofréquence lorsque porté selon la configuration standard. Sous cette configuration, qui s’applique selon que vous portiez une pince de ceinture ou une courroie, le côté de l’imprimante d’où sort le support ne fait pas face à l’utilisateur. Il faut utiliser la configuration standard lors du port de l’imprimante.

Printers equipped for WLAN communications use the industry standard 802.11b protocols. These printers allow wireless communication as a node within a LAN, and its wireless capabilities allow communications from any point within the

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LAN’s perimeter. Methods of establishing communications to the PL4 vary with each LAN application.

WLAN Module Using a PCMCIA Card Radio

Note: The following section only applies when the PCMCIA card WLAN module is installed in the PL4 printer. The FCC ID number label is on the bottom of the printer.

Use of the PL4 with the PCMCIA card radio module meets the FCC requirements for radio frequency radiation exposure when worn in the standard configuration. In this configuration, which applies whether you use the belt clip or shoulder strap, the face of the printer where the media comes out is facing away from you. You must use the standard configuration when wearing the printer.

Avertissement: L’utilisation du PL4 avec le module radio PCMCIA est conforme aux exigences de la FCC en termes d’irradiation à la radiofréquence lorsque porté selon la configuration standard. Sous cette configuration, qui s’applique selon que vous portiez une pince de ceinture ou une courroie, le côté de l’imprimante d’où sort le support ne fait pas face à l’utilisateur. Il faut utiliser la configuration standard lors du port de l’imprimante.

EasyCoder PL4 printers can be equipped with a radio in the standard PCMCIA footprint using the industry standard 802.11b protocol. These printers allow wireless communication as a node within a LAN and its wireless capabilities allow communications from any point within the LAN’s perimeter. Methods of establishing communications to the PL4 vary with each LAN application.

General information on establishing WLAN communications can be found in the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual available on the CD that came with your printer and online at www.intermec.com.

More information and LAN configuration utilities may also be found in the Intermec PLUS program. You can also download PLUS from the Intermec web site.

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Setting Up LPD or TCP Printing

Host

Access point

PL4 printer

Laptop

PC

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You use LPD printing in most Unix environments. LPD printing requires an LPD daemon to be running on the Unix server. TCP sockets printing is supported on most platforms, including Windows and Unix.

Before setting up the printer, you need to know the following information about your wireless network. If you are not familiar with this information, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

You will need to know whether your network supports dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP). DHCP is a method used for automatically assigning an IP address to a network device.

If DHCP is not supported on your network or if you are not using DHCP, you need to assign the IP address, network mask, and gateway address for your printer.

You need the eSSID of the wireless network. The eSSID is the unique identifier for your wireless network.

You need to know whether your wireless network is using encryption. In the following procedure, it is assumed that encryption is disabled on your access point and wireless network. If encryption is enabled on your wireless network, please refer to “Setting Up WEP Encryption” later in this guide.

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For more information on using and sending commands to your printer, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

Note: If the printer times out, sending a print request through the 802.11b connection will not turn the printer on. Make sure the printer is on before sending your print request.

To set up for LPD or TCP printing

1Print a configuration label. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

2Connect to the printer via the serial cable and a communications program (such as HyperTerminal). Ensure your communications software matches the baud rate displayed in the configuration label generated in Step 1. For help connecting the printer to a PC, see “Serial Cable Communications” earlier in this guide.

3Reset the printer to the factory network defaults by typing the following two commands in the serial communication program window:

!U1 DO “device.restore_defaults” “wlan”

!U1 DO “device.restore_defaults” “ip”

4Set the eSSID of the printer to match your wireless network by issuing the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.essid” “my essid

where “my essid” is the eSSID of your wireless network. Please note the values must be enclosed in double quotes. If you do not know what the eSSID of your network is, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

5If your network uses DHCP, issue the following command to enable DHCP on the printer:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.dhcp.enable” “on”

If your network does not use DHCP, you need to issue the following commands to disable DHCP and provide the proper IP settings:

!U1 SETVAR “ip.dhcp.enable” “off”

!U1 SETVAR “ip.netmask” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

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!U1 SETVAR “ip.gateway” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

!U1 SETVAR “ip.addr” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

where “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx” will be replaced with valid values for your network. If you are unsure what values to enter, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

6 Turn the printer off and on.

7 Test the configuration. For help, see the next procedure.

To test that the printer is ready for LPD or TCP printing

1Print a configuration label. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

2Ping the IP address of the printer and verify acknowledgement (from a DOS prompt on Windows platforms).

3Print a test label via Intermec PLUS. Test using TCP sockets (port 6101) and LPD.

Setting Up WEP Encryption

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Before setting up the printer, you need to know the WEP key that your wireless network is using. If 40-bit encryption is enabled, the key is 10 hexadecimal (0 to 9, A to F) characters; otherwise, if 128-bit encryption is enabled, the key is 26 hexadecimal characters.

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For more information on using and sending commands to your printer, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

To set up WEP encryption

1Print a configuration label. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

2Connect to the printer via the serial cable and a communications program (such as HyperTerminal). Ensure your communications software matches the baud rate displayed in the configuration label generated in Step 1.

3Reset the printer to the factory network defaults by typing the following two commands in the serial communication program window:

!U1 DO “device.restore_defaults” “wlan”

!U1 DO “device.restore_defaults” “ip”

4Set the eSSID of the Printer to match your wireless network by issuing the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.essid” “my essid

where “my essid” is the eSSID of your wireless network. Please note the values must be enclosed in double quotes. If you do not know what the eSSID of your network is, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

5Set the encryption mode of the printer via the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.encryption_mode” “mode

where mode is off, 40-bit, or 128-bit depending on your wireless network’s WEP encryption mode.

6Set the encryption index of the printer via the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.encryption_index” “index”

where index is 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on which key index is being used. The index must match the wireless network’s WEP key index setting.

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7Set the encryption key of the printer via the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.encryption_keyN

encryptionkey

where the N is 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on which index is being used, and encryptionkey is 10 or 26 hexadecimal (0 to 9, A to F) characters depending on whether 40-bit or 128-bit encryption is enabled. The key must match your wireless network’s WEP encryption key.

8Set the authentication type of the printer via the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.auth_type” “type

where type is open or shared depending on whether your wireless network is using Open System or Shared Key authentication. The authentication type must match your wireless network’s authentication type setting.

9If your network uses DHCP, issue the following command to enable DHCP supported on the printer:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.dhcp.enable” “on”

If your network does not use DHCP, you will need to issue the following commands to disable DHCP and provide the proper IP settings:

!U1 SETVAR “ip.dhcp.enable” “off”

!U1 SETVAR “ip.netmask” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

!U1 SETVAR “ip.gateway” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

!U1 SETVAR “ip.addr” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

where “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx” are valid IP addresses. If you are unsure what values to enter, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

10Turn the printer off and on.

11Test the WEP setup. For help, see the next procedure.

To test the WEP setup

1Print a configuration label. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

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2Ping the IP address of the printer and verify acknowledgement (from a DOS prompt on Windows platforms).

3Print a test label via Intermec PLUS. Test using TCP sockets (port 6101) and LPD.

Setting Up for POP3 E-mail Printing

Email

Host

Access

To:

point

From:

 

PL4 printer

 

Laptop

PC

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The PL4 printer is capable of connecting to a POP3 mailbox. With POP3 enabled, you can configure the printer to print out any mail messages in a designated POP3 mailbox account along with saving to its file system any e-mail file attachments.

The procedures in this section assume you already have your printer properly configured to operate on your wireless network. If you have not yet configured your printer for basic wireless operation, please refer to “Setting Up for LPD or TCP Printing” or “Setting Up for WEP Encryption” earlier in this guide.

To enable POP3 support on your printer, you need access to a POP3 server on your network. You need to have a dedicated POP3 mailbox created specifically for the printer. If you are not familiar with creating POP3 accounts, please contact your network administrator for assistance. Because the printer deletes the e-mail messages after it processes them, it is highly recommended that you do use an e-mail account specifically set aside for the printer and is not shared for any other use. For example, you should not use your own personal POP3 account.

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To successfully configure the printer for POP3 support, you need the following information:

The IP address of the POP3 server

The username of the POP3 account

The password of the POP3 account

The poll frequency for the printer. The poll frequency tells the printer how often to check for e-mail.

If you are unfamiliar with any of the above parameters and settings, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

For more information on using and sending commands to your printer, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

Note: If the printer times out, sending a print request through the 802.11b connection will not turn the printer on. Make sure the printer is on before sending your print request.

To set up for POP3 e-mail printing

1Verify that the printer is connected to your wireless network. If it is not connected, please refer to “Setting Up for LPD or TCP Printing” or “Setting Up for WEP Encryption” earlier in this guide.

2Set the POP3 server IP address on the printer by issuing the following command via the serial port:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.pop3.server_addr” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

where “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx” is the IP address of the POP3 server.

3Set the POP3 username via the command:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.pop3.username” “my username

where “my username” is the POP3 account name.

4Set the POP3 account password via the command:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.pop3.password” “my password

where “my password” is the password for the POP3 account.

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5Set the poll frequency of the printer. The poll frequency determines how often the printer checks for new e-mail. It is recommended that you choose a value greater than 10 seconds; otherwise the printer may be unresponsive to other activity. Set the poll frequency using the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.pop3.poll” “xxx

where “xxx” is the desired time in seconds for how often the printer should check for new e-mail.

6Enable POP3 via the command:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.pop3.enable” “on”

7If you want the printer to display the headers of the e-mail messages when they are printed, issue the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.pop3.print_headers” “on”

8Test the POP3 e-mail printing. For help, see the next procedure.

To test the POP3 e-mail printing

1Print a configuration label and check that the POP3 line reads on. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

2From your PC, send an e-mail to the POP3 mail account that the printer is monitoring.

3Turn the printer off and then back on.

Within 10 seconds, the printer should print out the e-mail message you just sent.

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Setting Up for Ad Hoc Mode

PL4 printer

Laptop

Hand-held computer

PL4 printer

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This section explains how to set up your printer for Ad Hoc mode. You use Ad Hoc mode to communicate with a wireless device without using an access point.

Before setting up the printer, you need to know the following information about your wireless network. If you are not familiar with this information, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

You need to assign the IP address and network mask for your printer.

You need the eSSID of the ad hoc wireless network. The eSSID is the unique identifier for your wireless network.

You need to know whether your wireless network is using encryption. In the following procedure, it is assumed that encryption is disabled on your wireless network. If encryption is enabled on your wireless network, please refer to “Setting Up for WEP Encryption” earlier in this guide.

For more information on using and sending commands to your printer, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

Note: The Trakker Antares terminals and 700 Series Monochrome Mobile Computers do not support Ad Hoc mode.

To set up for Ad Hoc mode

1Print a configuration label. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

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2Connect to the printer via the serial cable and a communications program (such as HyperTerminal). Ensure your communications software matches the baud rate displayed in the configuration label generated in Step 1. For help connecting the printer to a PC, see “Serial Cable Communications” earlier in this guide.

3Reset the printer to the factory network defaults by typing the following two commands in the serial communication program window:

!U1 DO “device.restore_defaults” “wlan”

!U1 DO “device.restore_defaults” “ip”

4Set the eSSID of the printer to match your wireless network by issuing the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.essid” “my essid

where “my essid” is the eSSID of your wireless network. Please note the values must be enclosed in double quotes. If you do not know what the eSSID of your network is, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

5Set the printer’s operating mode to ad hoc by issuing the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.operating_mode” “ad hoc”

6Set the encryption mode of the printer to off via the following command:

! U1 SETVAR “wlan.encryption_mode” “off”

7If a unit in your ad hoc network is acting as a DHCP server, issue the following command to enable DHCP supported on the printer:

! U1 SETVAR “ip.dhcp.enable” “on”

If your network does not use DHCP, you need to issue the following commands to disable DHCP and provide the proper IP settings:

!U1 SETVAR “ip.dhcp.enable” “off”

!U1 SETVAR “ip.netmask” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

!U1 SETVAR “ip.addr” “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

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where “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx” is replaced with valid IP address values for your network. If you are unsure what values to enter, please contact your network administrator for assistance.

8 Test the ad hoc connection. For help, see the next procedure.

To test the ad hoc connection

1Print a configuration label. For help, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide.

2Ping the IP address of the printer and verify acknowledgement (from a DOS prompt on Windows platforms).

3Print a test label via Intermec PLUS. Test using TCP sockets (port 6101) and LPD.

Setting Up the Software

The PL4 uses the CPL programming language that was designed for portable printing applications. CPL is fully described in the

EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual, available online from the Intermec web site at www.intermec.com

You can also use Intermec PLUS, the Windows-based label creation program that uses a graphical interface to create and edit labels in the CPL language. PLUS is available either online at the Intermec web site or on the CD that ships with the printer.

To install Intermec PLUS

1Insert the CD that came with your printer into the CD drive of your computer. The CD welcome screen appears.

2 Click Software. The Software screen appears.

3To start the installation wizard, click the icon or text for the Intermec PLUS application.

4 Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

5 Open Intermec PLUS. For help, see the following procedure.

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To open Intermec PLUS

1 Install Intermec PLUS. For help, see the previous procedure.

2 Click Start.

3 Select Programs and then Intermec PLUS.

4Click Intermec PLUS. The Intermec PLUS main screen appears.

Downloading Firmware

Use Intermec PLUS to download firmware upgrades to your

PL4 printer.

To download firmware

1 Connect the PL4 printer to the serial port of your PC.

2On your PC, open Intermec PLUS. For help, see the previous section.

3From the Intermec PLUS main screen, click Printer and select 1 Send File. The Send File dialog box appears.

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4Click Browse to select the firmware file (.HEX file) you want to download.

5 Click Send to download the firmware.

6 Close Intermec PLUS.

Using the Accessories

There are several accessories available for use with the PL4 printer. This section shows you how to use the belt clip and the shoulder strap.

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Using the Belt Clip

The PL4 is equipped with a belt clip. To use the belt clip, hook the clip over your belt and ensure that the clip is securely attached to the belt. The belt clip will pivot to allow you to move freely while wearing the printer.

Clip printer

to belt

Printer can pivot freely

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Using the Adjustable Shoulder Strap

The PL4 comes with a shoulder strap (P/N BT11132-1) for your convenience. To use the shoulder strap, snap each end of the shoulder strap into the shoulder strap rings on the top of the printer. Slide the buckle away from or toward the printer until you achieve the desired length.

Pull here

Pull here

to shorten

to lengthen

Hold buckle

Snap into shoulder strap rings on printer

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Maintaining the Printer

The easiest way to maintain your printer is to extend the battery life for as long as possible and to perform routine cleaning of the printer parts.

Extending Battery Life

Never expose the battery to direct sunlight or temperatures over 40°C (104°F).

Only use the following chargers. Use of any other kind of charger may damage the battery.

Intermec single battery charger (P/N AT15759-7)

4-pack battery charger (P/N AT16305-2)

Vehicle-mount unit (VMU) running charger: DC/DC 12 VDC (P/N CC16614-1)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 9 to 30 VDC (P/N CC16614-2)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 30 to 60 VDC (P/N CC16614-3)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 100 to 240 VDC (P/N CC16614-4)

Choose the media that is easiest to “burn.” An Intermec sales representative can help you determine the optimum media for your application. For contact information, see the media brochure that came with your printer.

If you print the same text or graphic on every label, consider using a pre-printed label.

Choose the correct print darkness and print speed for your media.

Use software handshaking (XON/XOFF) whenever possible.

Select Tear-Off mode whenever possible (Self-Strip mode uses more power).

If your printer has the optional LCD, use the display backlight only when necessary. Turn it off whenever it is not needed.

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Pull the battery out of the printer if you will not be using the printer for a day or more and you are not performing a maintenance charge.

Consider purchasing an extra battery (P/N AT16293-2).

Remember that any rechargeable battery loses its ability to maintain a charge over time. It can only be recharged a finite number of times before it must be replaced.

Cleaning the Printer

Use only cleaning agents specified below. Intermec is not responsible for damage caused by any other cleaning materials used on this printer. Clean the printer with a cotton swab saturated with alcohol.

Attention: Utiliser seulement les produits de nettoyage précisés ci-dessous. Intermec n’est pas responsable des dommages causés par tout autre produit de nettoyage utilisé pour cette imprimante. Nettoyer l’imprimante à l’aide d’un coton-tige imbibé d’alcool.

To avoid possible personal injury or damage to the printer, never insert any pointed or sharp objects into the printer.

Avertissement: Pour éviter des blessures corporelles ou des dommages à l’imprimante, il ne faut jamais insérer un objet pointu ou tranchant dans l’imprimante.

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Cleaning the PL4 Printer

Printer Part

 

Cleaning Method

Printhead

Use the cleaning pen that came with your printer or

 

 

70% isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab to clean the

 

 

print elements from end to end (the print elements are

 

 

located in the thin gray line on the printhead).

Cleaning Interval

After every five rolls of media or more often if necessary.

Linerless media requires more frequent cleaning.

Platen roller

Rotate the platen roller and clean it thoroughly with

After every five rolls of media

 

 

the cleaning pen that came with your printer or 70%

or more often if necessary.

 

 

isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab.

Linerless media requires

 

 

 

 

 

Printers with linerless platens: Rotate platen and clean

more frequent cleaning.

 

 

bearing points only. Avoid use of alcohol on the

 

 

 

surface of linerless platens.

 

 

Self-strip bar

Clean thoroughly with 70% isopropyl alcohol and a

As needed.

 

cotton swab.

 

 

 

 

 

Tear bar

Clean thoroughly with 70% isopropyl alcohol and a

As needed.

 

 

cotton swab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media rollers

Clean thoroughly with 70% isopropyl alcohol and a

 

cotton swab.

 

Printers with linerless platens: Rotate media rollers and

 

clean bearing points only. Avoid the use of alcohol on

 

the surface of the media rollers.

After every five rolls of media or more often if necessary.

Exterior

Clean with a water-dampened cloth.

As needed.

Interior

Brush or air blow. Make sure the bar sensor, gap

After every five rolls of media

 

sensor, and label taken sensor windows are free of dust.

or more often if necessary.

 

Printers with linerless platens: Clean inside surfaces of

 

 

edge guides and media support rollers with 70%

 

 

isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab.

 

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Self-strip

 

Label taken

rollers

 

Tear

 

sensor

bar

 

 

Printhead

 

 

elements

 

 

 

 

Gap

Platen

 

sensor

surface

 

 

Self-strip

 

 

bar

 

Edge guides,

Black mark

 

inner

sensor

 

 

 

Media

Bearing

 

rollers

 

(2 places)

points

 

 

(2 places)

PL4U029.eps

 

 

Identifying the parts for cleaning

Troubleshooting

You may have printer operation, print quality, or printer communications problems at some time during the life of the printer. It is easy to fix most of the problems and not delay operation of the printer for very long. Use the following tables to understand what the control panel is indicating and to help troubleshoot your printer problem.

If you cannot find a solution to your problem, contact an Intermec customer service representative. In the U.S.A. call 1.800.755.5505, and in Canada call 1.800.668.7043. If you are an international customer, contact your local Intermec representative.

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Understanding the Standard Control Panel LEDs

If the printer is not functioning properly, refer to the table below to find the state of the two LEDs on the control panel. Use the “Printer Problems” table later in this guide to find your symptom and solution.

Understanding the LEDs

Green LED

Yellow LED

Indication

Steady

Off

Normal operation or RF link

 

 

established

 

 

 

Off

Off

No power

Fast blink

Off

No RF link

 

 

 

Slow blink

Off

Low battery

Steady

Steady

Out of media or media cover not

 

 

closed

 

 

 

Steady

Fast blink

Normal RF activity

Steady

Fast blink,

No application

 

beeper sounds

 

Understanding the LCD Control Panel Icons

The top of the screen shows several icons that indicate various printer functions.

Understanding the Status Icons

Status Icon

Condition

 

Indication

 

 

 

Steady

RF link established

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

 

No RF Link

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Low battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Head latch not closed

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Printer is receiving a file

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Out of media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank screen

N/A

No application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Troubleshooting Printer Problems

If you are having a problem with your printer, look for your symptom in the Printer Problems table below and then try the solutions in the order they are listed.

Printer Problems

Symptom

The printer has no power.

Media is not feeding through the printer.

Print quality is poor or flashing.

Solution

Make sure the battery is installed properly.

Recharge or replace the battery as necessary.

Make sure the printhead is closed and latched.

Make sure the media is not binding anywhere in the printer.

If the printer has a label present sensor, make sure the most recent label is removed. Also, make sure the sensor is clean.

Clean the printhead.

Check media alignment.

Printing is garbled.

The printer is not printing.

Make sure the printhead is properly closed and latched.

Check the battery and recharge or replace as necessary.

Check the quality of the media. Use only Intermec media to ensure superior print quality and product performance.

Check the baud rate.

Check the baud rate.

Replace the battery.

Check the cable to the terminal.

Establish an RF link or restore association with the LAN.

Invalid label format or command structure. Put printer in Communications Diagnostic (Dump) mode to diagnose the problem.

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Printer Problems (continued)

Symptom

Solution

 

The battery life is

Check the battery date code. If the battery is 1

 

reduced.

to 2 years old, the short life may be due to

 

 

normal aging.

 

 

Recondition the battery.

 

 

Replace the battery.

 

 

 

 

The printer is

Check the media for top of form sense mark

 

skipping labels.

or label gap.

 

 

Make sure the maximum print field has not

 

 

been exceeded on the label.

 

 

Make sure the label gap sensor is not blocked

 

 

or malfunctioning.

 

The printer is not

Make sure media is loaded, the printhead is

 

communicating

closed, and the error light is off.

 

properly.

Check the baud rate.

 

 

 

 

Replace the cable to the terminal.

 

 

 

 

Labels are jamming.

Open the media cover, remove the jammed

 

 

labels, and generously apply isopropyl alcohol

 

 

to the printer in the area of the jammed label.

 

The LCD screen is

No application is loaded or the application is

 

blank.

corrupted. Reload the application. For help

 

 

loading applications on your printer, see the

 

 

Intermec PLUS help.

 

 

 

 

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Printer Problems (continued)

Symptom

The printer is not communicating with the network.

The printer does not print POP3 e-mail messages.

Solution

Print a configuration label to check the following settings:

eSSID

Operating mode

Preamble length

IP address

Network mask

Gateway

Encryption

Authentication

LPD

TCP

TCP/UDP port

Check with your network administrator to make sure that the previous settings are configured correctly for your network. For help printing a configuration label, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” earlier in this guide. For help configuring the printer for your network, see “Establishing Communications With a Terminal” earlier in this guide.

On the configuration label, make sure “Card Detected” appears in the PCMCIA/CF Adapter section. If “Card Not Detected” appears, contact your Intermec technical support representative.

Make sure that the printer is within range of the access point.

Make sure the printer is correctly configured for your POP3 settings. For help, see “Setting Up for POP3 E-mail Printing” earlier in this guide. For help getting the POP3 settings from the printer, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

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Printer Problems (continued)

Symptom

The printer prints POP3 e-mail but does not respond to other tasks.

Solution

The poll frequency is set to low. Make sure the poll frequency is set to more than 10 seconds. For help, see “Setting Up for POP3 E-mail Printing” earlier in this guide.

When you open the

The Windows operating system is sending a

Print dialog box in

signal to the printer to advance media. For

Intermec PLUS, the

information on correcting this symptom, see

printer advances the

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 317279.

media.

 

 

 

When you print the two-key report, the triangle and numbers (see page 24) do not appear.

The DIAGS.BAT file has been deleted. You can find this file on the CD that came with your printer. Use Intermec PLUS to load this file on your printer.

On the LCD control

The INDEX.WML file has been deleted. You

panel, no menus

can find this file on the CD that came with

appear when you turn

your printer. Use Intermec PLUS to load this

on the printer.

file on your printer.

 

 

Using Communications Diagnostics Mode

If there’s a problem transferring data between the computer and the printer, try putting the printer in the Communications Diagnostics mode (also referred to as the Dump mode). The printer prints the ASCII characters and their text representation (or the period [.], if not a printable character) for any data received from the host computer.

To enter Communications Diagnostics mode

1Print a configuration label.

After printing the configuration label, the printer prints: “Press Feed button to enter Dump mode.”

2Press the Feed button. The printer prints: “Entering Dump mode.”

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Note: If you do not press the Feed button within 3 seconds, the printer prints “Dump mode not entered” and resumes normal operation.

3At this point, the printer is in Dump mode and prints the ASCII hex codes of any data sent to it and their text representation (or [.] if not a printable character).

Additionally, a file with a .DMP extension containing the ASCII information is created and stored in the printer’s memory. You can view, clone, or delete the file using the Intermec PLUS application.

To exit Communications Diagnostics mode and return the printer to normal operations

1 Turn the printer off.

2 Wait 5 seconds.

3 Turn the printer on.

Specifications

Printing Specifications

Print density

8 dots/mm (203 dots/inch)

Print width

Up to 103.8 mm (4.09 inches)

 

 

Print speed

76.2 mm (3 inches) per second

Printhead life, calculated

50 km (1,964,160 inches) nominal

 

 

Distance from print element to

14.5 mm (0.571 inch) or 116 dots

top of form

 

 

 

Memory/Communications Specifications

 

Flash memory

2 MB flash (standard)

 

SRAM memory

2 MB SRAM (standard)

 

 

 

 

Standard

Configurable baud rate (from 9600 to 115.2 Kbps),

 

communications

parity and data bits. The highest baud rate with

 

 

consistent results is 38.4 Kbps.

 

 

Software (XON/XOFF) or hardware (DTR/STR)

 

 

communication handshake protocols.

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Memory/Communications Specifications (continued)

Optional wireless

Bluetooth compatible 2.4 GHz link

 

communications

Wireless LAN capabilities comply with 802.11b

 

 

 

 

protocols

 

 

 

 

Label Specifications

Label/tag width

50.8 mm to 104.1 mm (2 inches to 4.1 inches)

Maximum

508 mm (20 inches) with standard memory

label/tag length

 

 

 

Inter-label gap

2 mm to 4 mm (3 mm preferred)

 

0.08 inch to 0.16 inch (0.12 inch preferred)

Label thickness

0.064 mm to 0.165 mm (0.0025 inch to 0.0065

 

inch)

 

 

Tag thickness

0.152 mm (0.0060 inch) maximum

Label roll size:

66.7 mm (2.625 inch) O.D.

maximum

 

diameter

 

 

 

Inner core

19 mm (0.75 inch) minimum; 35.05 mm (1.38 inch)

diameter

minimum diameter for linerless media

 

Use Intermec-brand direct thermal media that is

 

outside wound. Media may be reflective (black mark)

 

sensing or transmissive (gap) sensing, die-cut,

 

continuous, fanfold, or linerless.

 

For die-cut labels, use only full auto dies.

Media

The reflective media black marks should extend past

requirements

the centerline of the roll.

 

Minimum Black Mark Dimensions:

 

Mark width: 12.7mm (0.5 inch) perpendicular to

 

edge of media, centered within the width of the roll.

 

Mark length: 2.4 mm (0.094 inch) parallel to edge of

 

media.

 

 

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Font/Bar Code Specifications-

Fonts Available

Five resident scalable and rotatable fonts

 

available from 12 to 48 pt.

 

Downloadable pre-scaled fonts via Intermec

 

PLUS application.

 

Optional international character sets.

1D Bar Codes Available

Codabar

 

UCC/EAN 128

 

Code 39

 

Code 93

 

EAN 8/JAN 8, 2 and 5 digit extensions

 

EAN 13/JAN 13, 2 and 5 digit extensions

 

lnterleaved 2 of 5

 

MSI/Plessey

 

FIM/POSTNET

 

UPC-A, 2 and 5 digit extensions

 

UPC-E, 2 and 5 digit extensions

 

 

2D Bar Codes Available

MaxiCode

 

PDF 417

Rotation Angles

0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°

 

 

Physical/Environmental/Electrical Specifications

76.2 mm

89 mm

(3.5 inches)

(3.0 inches)

 

208 mm

190.5 mm

(8.2 inches)

(7.5 inches)

147.3 mm

PL4U030.eps

(5.8 inches)

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Physical/Environmental/Electrical Specifications (continued)

Weight with battery,

 

0.9 kg. (2.0 lbs.)

 

excluding media &

 

 

 

wireless options

 

 

 

Temperature

 

 

 

Operating

 

-15°C to 50°C (5°F to 122°F)

 

Storage

 

-25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)

 

 

 

 

 

Relative humidity

 

10% to 80% (non-condensing)

 

Operation

 

 

 

 

10% to 40% for Bluetooth printer

 

Storage

 

10% to 90% (non-condensing)

 

Electrical

Battery: 7.2V (nominal) Lithium-Ion

 

 

 

Chargers: External single battery charger, 120 to

 

 

 

230 VAC depending on connector selected.

 

 

 

External 4-pack charger, 100 to 240V

 

 

 

 

 

Communications Port

 

Signal

 

 

Pin #

Name

Type

Description

1

RXD

input

Receive Data

 

 

 

 

2

TXD

output

Transmit Data

3

CTS

input

Clear To Send from host

 

 

 

 

4

RTS

output

Request To Send

 

 

 

set high when printer is ready

 

 

 

to accept command /data

5

GND

 

Ground

 

 

 

 

6

NC

 

No Connect

7

DSR

input

Data Set Ready

 

 

 

low to high transition turns

 

 

 

printer on, high to low

 

 

 

transition turns printer off (if

 

 

 

enabled)

 

 

 

 

8

DTR

output

Data Terminal Ready

 

 

 

set high when printer is on (set

 

 

 

to battery voltage for “S”

 

 

 

versions)

 

 

 

 

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2

5

4

1 3

6

7

8

PL4U031.eps

Communications Port 8-pin Circular DIN

Accessories

You can order the following accessories for the PL4:

Adjustable shoulder strap (P/N BT11132-1)

Extra battery (P/N AT16293-2)

Vehicle-mount unit (VMU) bracket (P/N DC16620-2)

Chargers:

Single battery charger (P/N AT15759-7)

4-Pack battery charger (P/N AT16305-2)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 12 VDC (P/N CC16614-5)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 9 to 30 VDC (P/N CC16614-6)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 30 to 60 VDC (P/N CC16614-7)

VMU running charger: DC/DC 100 to 240 VDC (P/N CC16614-8)

Set of international contact adapters (P/N AN16740-1)

Package of ten cleaning pens (P/N AN11209-1)

Soft case (P/N DA16473-1)

Printer stand (P/N DA16269-1)

Data cables (for a list of available data cables, see “Serial Cable Communications” earlier in this guide)

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For details about accessories, contact your local Intermec representative.

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