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PAX Credit Card Reader Setup

Warning

This is a technical setup that involves editing your computer's host file using Notepad++ ( https://notepad-plus-plus.org/downloads/ ) on a PC and Terminal on a MAC. You can do this only if you have Administrator access to your computer on Windows.

If your district has a firewall you may need to Whitelist the store4schools.com as well as heartlandportico.com

Instructions below are designed for the PAX A35 if using the PAX A920 the screenshots might look slightly different .


Connecting the PAX Device

  • Turn your device upside down and plug the USB-C as seen here. 

First you will need to plug in your PAX device. There are several cables that need to be plugged in. The USB-C cable will be connected to the under side of your device. 

  • Plug the USB-C cable into the adapter. On the other end is a standard USB plug that will fit into the power adapter and then into the wall outlet.

  • Network / Ethernet cable needs to be plugged into the schools network. The other cables coming out of the Y adapter are not used for our configuration.

The other end of the cable has a Y adapter with 3 cable’s coming out of it and one open spot for a USB-C cable. 

PAX Device (Locate the IP Address)

  • Once the device is powered up, click on the Settings icon.

  • Next click Network & Internet

  • Be sure Ethernet is turned on

  • Click the text “Ethernet” to go into the Ethernet settings

  • Identify and write down the IP Address. This will be needed in future steps. In this example (192.168.1.116)

Windows Setup

Microsoft / Windows Setup

Follow the instructions below to continue your setup. You will need to be an Administrator on your computer to complete the following steps. 

  • Search for Notepad ( or for Notepad++ ).

  • Right click the Notepad application and choose “Run as administrator

 

 

  • Click File

  • Click Open

 

 

  • Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

  • Change File Types to view to All Files (*.*)

  • Open the “hosts” file

  • Add in the following line of text  

    192.168.1.116 pax.software4schools.com

    Note: You must change the IP Address to match your device IP Address from above. Also there is no # before the IP address. The # indicates to ignore that line of text

You can only connect 1 PAX credit card reader to one computer at a time. if you have multiple computers and PAX credit card readers then do the same process on the other computers. The only difference will be that the IP address has to match the second device. 

192.168.1.117 pax.software4schools.com

When finished be sure to save your file 

 

Apple Setup

Apple / Mac Setup

Follow the instructions below to continue your setup. You will need to be an Administrator on your computer to complete the following steps. 

  • Command + Space. In the pop-up window, type Terminal and press Enter.

     

    Or go to Applications / Utilities and Open up Terminal

Open up Terminal

  • Next type the following

    sudo nano /etc/hosts

    Next click Enter to confirm the command. You will then see the text Password with a key icon. Enter the password for your computer login. This must be an Administrator account

  • Add in the following line of text  

    192.168.1.116 pax.software4schools.com

    Note: You must change the IP Address to match your device IP Address from above. 

     

    Finally click control+X then click y Yes to save your file. 

You can only connect 1 PAX credit card reader to one computer at a time. if you have multiple computers and PAX credit card readers, do the same process on the other computers. The only difference will be that the IP address has to match the other PAX device. 

192.168.1.117 pax.software4schools.com

 
 

 

PAX Device (Final Step)

  • Click the Portico app to start it up. This always needs to be running for the software to connect to this device. 

Go back into the PAX device.  Click the Circle at the bottom of the screen to go back to the home page. 

  • When the app is running you will just see the blue screen that says PAX on it. This means your device is ready. 

  • When Credit Card is selected as the payment option you will see this on the Store 4 Schools Screen

  • The PAX device should then show a screen like this with the total amount.

Info

More details on editing a local host file can be found here. 

Editing a local host file
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