Kobas EPoS is predominantly a hard-wired system, your hardware plug in to your network. This article explains what we require to robustly install hardware in your venues.
Last updated 17 Jun 2022
To ensure it's security and reliability, Kobas runs using hardware (tills, printers, etc) linked to your network via cables (Ethernet cables). This article explains what are the minimum technical network requirements to run our systems in your venues.
Note: The network requirements are a vital part of your Kobas system. You may out-source the maintenance of your networking to a separate company, or have specialist IT support from within. Often they will be able to advise on how best to ensure the correct number or ports are available and how to configure the network.
To ensure you’re prepared for your new equipment we suggest the following for each till, printer/KDS location.
- Till station/location - access to 4x ethernet/network points and 4x power sockets (Till, Printer, PDQ, spare)
- Kitchen/Docket Printer station/location - access to 2x ethernet/network points and 2x power sockets (Printer/KDS, spare)
In addition to your hardwired equipment you may choose to use an iPad, this will require a Wi-Fi network (SSID) on the same network (LAN) as your wired EPoS hardware. It is also sensible for your staff and guest networks to be separate from Wi-Fi network running your Kobas EPoS.
All Kobas equipment is configured statically to your network. This means each device is given a set IP address. To avoid conflict we ensure our equipment is assigned an address outside of your DHCP pool. In layman's terms, this means another device, your laptop or phone, won’t automatically choose the same address.
- 1 Till + 1 Receipt Printer + 1 Kitchen Printer
For a small set-up like this you may be able to plug your till and receipt printer directly into your router. You will need to ensure you have a cable running to your kitchen for tickets. A small network switch might help provide a few more ports if you need them. Most simple domestic or business routers can be configured on site during the Kobas installation.
- 5 Tills + 5 Receipt Printers + 2 Kitchen Printer's
This rig will require a significant number of ethernet ports and power points to ensure the installation runs smoothly. As stated above, each till point should have 4 available ports and a printer station should have 2. In total this rig should have 24 available ports. This may seem like alot but only leaves 1 spare port per station. In this example the router may be more sophisticated and may require the system administrator to configure it or access it to let us know the DHCP parameters.
- 20 tills + 20 receipt Printers + 10 Kitchen Printer's
For a rig this size it’s likely a networking company will help maintain the network. In this scenario there are more things to look out for so we would usually liaise with the networking company prior to install.
Top Tip: If you are at all unsure about the requirements for networking to support your Kobas operation, please contact your main point of contact within Kobas. Depending on the progress of your journey, this could be your Sales Representative, Implementation Co-Ordinator, Account Manager or the Support Help Desk.