System Requirements

The following specifications are meant as a basic reference for the hardware requirements of Video Rental Plus Software for the Video Store.

We suggest business grade computers only. On site hardware maintenance recommended.



POS Computer

300 MHz Pentium Processor minimum

128 MB Memory

SVGA Monitor with minimum resolution of 800 x 600



Operating System

Runs under Windows 95, 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (runs in both 32bit and 64bit Windows)


 







Hardware Add on Options

The following are optional POS hardware that you may use with Video Rental Plus Video Store Software. All hardware should be obtained directly from the manufacturer or an authorized supplier.


Cash Drawer
The standard way to use a cash drawer in a POS system is to connect the drawer to your receipt printer. Then, the drawer is triggered by the printer each time a receipt is printed. We recommend using the following printer driven cash drawers, since these are lower cost and easier to install. (Our software does support serial cash drawers as well)

Epson, Star, or NCR Printer Interface



Receipt Printers
Save paper by printing receipts on small compact paper.

 supports most Epson and Star receipt printers. Be sure to order the Parallel Interface models, as these are much easier to setup and maintain. (Our software does support serial printers as well)

Impact Printers - Star SP200/300, Epson TM-U200

Thermal Printers - Epson TM-T88, Star TSP series



Report Printers

Any Windows compatible laser, dot matrix or ink jet printer



Barcode Scanners
Video Rental Plus allows (but do not require) the use of a barcode scanner for reading barcodes in all relevant data input sections of the program. When connected to your computer, the scanner decodes the barcode and passes the information to the computer in the same way that keystrokes are received from your computer's keyboard (identically to how it would arrive from a really fast typist)

Most keyboard wedge scanners (Metrologic MS951, ZBA Alpha-70, Opticon CCD)



Digital Camera (for customer photo capture)
By having one installed, you can at any time take video file photos of your customers (by just pressing a key on your keyboard). Such photos can be quickly recalled later when you are processing a particular client, for positive customer identification

Most good quality web cameras with USB interface (Creative, Intel , D-Link DSC-350)



Dedicated Phone

Only necessary if you wish to process phone orders using the advanced Caller ID interface

Caller ID "Cti Meteor" (by crucible-technologies) for caller identification



Modem

Only necessary if you wish to perform phone calls to your customers from within the program. No specific individual brand or model of modem is currently recommended.



Back up System

Some type of back system should be in place (Zip, Jaz, CD ReWritable  Drive)



Misc

100 Base-T Network Adapter (only if you wish to use the program over a network)

UPS (uninterruptable power supply)

 






FAQ's on Hardware

What is the suggested network speed and network protocol?
If the computer is to be connected on a network, for maximum throughput we recommend that your use 10/100BaseTX network hub or switch. Your computer Network Interface Card should also be either 10/100BaseTX or 100BaseTX. To connect your computers to the network hub, you should use Category 5 or better network cables. If you're having only two computers, you could also use a Cross Over Network Cable to save on the cost of a network hub. The network protocol that we recommend for your network is the TCP/IP protocol, it is more reliable and gives you better bandwidth control of your network traffic.



Do I need a dedicated database server to run your software?
Video Rental Plus was designed to be affordable and flexible. Therefore, our software does not need a dedicated database server or the expensive Windows NT or Windows 2000 Server operating system. You can have your database locate on one of your POS computers to save costs.




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