Zebra Setup Utilities -- Sending Printer Commands and Receiving Data

Article ID: 50567245

Issue / Question

- How to use ZSU to send printer commands directly to the printer’s port and receive data back to the host?

- How to check printer parameters or test communications?

Applicable To

Zebra Printers using a PC with Windows OS

Excludes: ZQ110, EM220, EM220II

Resolution / Answer

Requirements

Overview

The Communications Window of the Zebra Setup Utility (ZSU) can be used to send printer commands directly to the printer's port and receive data back to the host.  The ZSU will use the selected port in the Zebra Designer Driver for the given printer. 

 

IMPORTANT!  If manually entering Set Get Do commands (SGD) the syntax must be exact or the command will be ignored. Refer to this article for more information about the SGD Printer Commands.


Procedure

  1. Download and install the Zebra Setup Utility.
  2. To use the Communications Windows, open ZSU and select your printer:

  1. If you select a printer with a TCP/IP Port and receive the following error, install the Zebra Designer Port Monitor. Refer to Zebra Setup Utilities -- Installing the ZebraDesigner Port Monitor for more information.

  1. Select Open Communication with Printer:

You should now see the Direct Communications window, where you can enter the desired commands, create simple label formats using the printer command language, or host requests. After entering the data select Send to Printer. The printer should respond to the commands and either print your request or if sending a host response command you will view the data in the lower window.
 

In this example, we are sending a configuration request using the ZPL command ^HH. For more information about the command, refer to this programming guide.

If you have written data you wish to make available for testing or other purposes, you can save these as files for reuse. Select File > Save As

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