One of the main features that an EPOS system brings to any business is connectivity – something that a traditional non-EPOS system can’t offer. However, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t always a necessity to have your EPOS solution connected to the internet. Let us explain what we mean…
There are a number of specific conditions that you will run into when it comes to having a fully functional EPOS system that can operate without an internet connection, and as such, there are some systems that will only work with a live connection to the world wide web. In today’s market, it is advisable that you have internet with high bandwidth, broadband connections to get the best service for your customs, possible.
When Won’t I Need an Internet Connection?
An EPOS system might be a locally connected system. This means that there is no need for any internet connection. If this is the model of solution you have opted for, the tools you use, including the till, barcode scanner, and terminal, for example, will all be connected with each another, as well as with the EPOS server. Once you have all the components of the system working in unison with the server, the server itself can then be connected to the inventory management system (IMS), the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and the accounting software, within a Local Area Network setup.
When Will I Need an Internet Connection?
Should your systems requiring remote access or multiple site connectivity, you will require an internet connection to operate. You’ll be required to provide specific IP addresses for each hardware installed within these sites.
If you have systems that accept credit card machines, unless they use outdated technologies or expensive ones such as full-cellular PDQ terminals, you will need to have an internet connection. Additionally, businesses who opt for the ‘virtual’ style EPOS solutions run through ecommerce websites will need to have a fully functioning internet connection.
If you are unsure or would like more information regarding your existing EPOS software, or about a new solution, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at CES Software. Our team of experts will be happy to help you!