Xi/105SL PLus Printer Series - Communicating to printer via the USB port interface

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Topic or Information

Xi and 105SL Plus USB Communication 

Applies To

Xi-Series/105SL PLus Printers connected to the USB interface


The Xi-Series Printer comes standard with a USB Interface that can be used for printer communications. 

It is important that the USB Printer Driver be installed prior to connecting the printer if you are using a PC host device. 

If you intend to use the ZebraDesigner Driver load it before connecting the printer. Download from the Zebra Website. (Select the Support & Downloads tab and navigate to your printer support page.) 

Details for communicating via the USB interface Read More>>

You also have the option of using the Zebra Setup Utility to connect your printer via USB. Read More>>

Additional Information

If you are sending your label request to the printer and the printer data light is flashing but the printer is not responding, try using the hex dump (Communication Diagnostic)

Data light flashing, a communication diagnostic can be performed to troubleshoot interconnections between host and printer.

  • If data light is flashing and the printer fails to respond, place the printer into hex dump mode. This is done by accessing the printer LCD Display and setting COMMUNICATIONS from NORMAL to DIAGNOSTIC mode. You will then be able to determine if the host is sending the correct ZPL commands by comparing the host and printer received data. The printer prints all received data in the form of literal ASCII hex characters and will give you the ability verify communications.

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Xi4/105SL Plus HEX dump for communication diagnostics information details Read More>>



+ Product Codes

  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 110Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 140Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 170Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 220Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • Xi Series Industrial Printers