Connect USB Cable


Connect the USB cable to carry out communication between the printer and host device via the USB port.

There are some restrictions related to simultaneously connecting multiple devices to a single printer. Make appropriate connections to suit your environment.
Precautions for Using Multi-interface


When connecting a tablet, smartphone, or other device for the purpose of charging only, and when connecting a USB-connectable product (such as BCR-POP1), refer to Set Up External Devices.


Before and after connecting the cable to the rear panel, remove and mount the rear cover respectively.
Remove/Mount Rear Cover


The connection method varies depending on the operating system of the PC, smartphone, or tablet you want to use.
Refer to the information appropriate to the usage environment.

Windows

iOS <MCP31LB, MCP31L>

Android

Windows

When printing from a Windows PC or tablet, follow the steps below to make a connection.

Caution

When using a Windows driver, always install the Windows driver before connecting the USB cable.
If you connect the printer without installing the Windows driver, the printer will not be correctly recognized by the operating system.

1. Prepare a USB cable

  • When using a PC, prepare a USB cable (A-B) to connect the printer. When using a tablet, prepare a USB cable that matches the connector shape of the tablet.
  • Printer-side plugUSB-B
    Device-side plugUSB-A or standard cable for the device you are using
  • PC

  • Tablet

2. Connect the USB cable to the printer

  • Connect the USB cable to the printer USB-B port.

3. Connect the USB cable to the PC or tablet

  • Connect the other plug to the PC or tablet.

4. Connect USB cable

  • Cable outlets are provided in 3 locations (right, left, and back), and cables can be connected to suit the location where the device is placed.

Note

  • Make sure the USB cable is correctly connected through the cable outlets so that the device does not tilt when it is set up.
  • When the cable is connected to the USB-B port, the device cannot be charged from the printer.
  • iOS <MCP31LB, MCP31L>

    When connecting an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch for printing or power supply (maximum 2.4A), follow the steps below to make a connection.
    This is applicable to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that are equipped with the Lightning connector.

    Caution

  • The Lightning cable must be Apple Inc.'s genuine product or an MFi-certified product.
    If you use a Lightning cable that is not certified by MFi or any extension cable to make a connection, data communication or charging may fail.
  • When a Windows or Android device was already connected to the USB-B port, only power supply to the iOS device at a maximum of 1.5A is performed and no communication takes place.
  • When you want to print from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need to use an application that contains the function for printing using the mC-Print3.
  • 1. Prepare a Lightning cable

    • Use a Lightning cable that is available commercially or that came with the smartphone or tablet.
    • Printer-side plugUSB-A
      Device-side plugLightning

    2. Connect the Lightning cable to the printer

    • Connect the Lightning cable to the USB-A (2.4A) port of the printer.

    3. Connect the Lightning cable to the smartphone or tablet

    • Connect the other plug to the smartphone or tablet.

    4. Connect Lightning cable

    • Cable outlets are provided in 3 locations (right, left, and back), and cables can be connected to suit the location where the device is placed.

    Note

  • Make sure the USB cable is correctly connected through the cable outlets so that the device does not tilt when it is set up.
  • Android

    When printing from the Android tablet or smartphone, follow the steps below to make a connection.

    Caution

    When performing USB communication with a device equipped with USB micro-B, it is necessary to use a USB adapter.
    Some devices may not support the use of a USB adapter. Be sure to perform full operation checks in advance before using.

    1. Prepare a USB cable and USB adapter

    • Prepare a USB cable and USB adapter according to the connector shape of the smartphone/tablet that you use.
    • Printer-side plugUSB Type-B
      Device-side plugProduct based on the standard that matches the device you use
      USB adapterAccording to the device you use (when necessary)

    2. Connect the USB cable to the printer

    • Connect the USB cable to the printer USB-B port.

    3. Connect the USB cable to the smartphone or tablet

    • Connect the other plug to the smartphone or tablet.

    4. Connect USB cable

    • Cable outlets are provided in 3 locations (right, left, and back), and cables can be connected to suit the location where the device is placed.

    Note

  • Make sure the USB cable is correctly connected through the cable outlets so that the device does not tilt when it is set up.
  • To carry out communication between the Android device and printer, connect the cable to the USB-B port of the printer. When the cable is connected to the USB-A port, only power supply is carried out.
  • When the cable is connected to the USB-B port, the device cannot be charged from the printer.
  • Connect the USB cable to carry out communication or power supply between the printer and host device via the USB port.


    When connecting a tablet, smartphone, or other device for the purpose of charging only, and when connecting a USB-connectable product (such as BCR-POP1), refer to Set Up External Devices.


    When using a Windows driver, always install the Windows driver before connecting the USB cable.
    Setup - Install Driver

    Before/after connecting the cable to the rear panel, remove/mount the rear cover.
    Remove/Mount Rear Cover


    The response of the printer after connecting the cable varies depending on the interface of the PC, tablet, or smartphone used, and on the type of USB cable used. When performing communication, it is necessary to use a cable which supports the communication for the interface of that device.


    Select the interface of the host device that is used.

    USB-CUSB PD supported

    USB cable

    USB-C ↔ USB-C (included in package)

    Printer response

    Communication + power supply

    USB-CUSB PD not supported

    USB cable

    USB-C ↔ USB-C (included in package)

    Printer response

    Communication or power supply*

    * If communication is not possible after the cable is connected, it is necessary to switch the USB-C function at the printer. For details, refer to Switch USB-C Function.

    USB-CiPad Pro

    USB cable

    USB-C ↔ USB-C (included in package)

    Printer response

    Communication not possible (power supply only)

    USB micro-B

    USB cable

    USB micro-B ↔ USB-C

    Printer response

    Communication not possible (power supply only)

    USB micro-B

    USB cable + USB adapter

    [USB micro-B ↔ USB-A (female)] ↔ USB-A (male) ↔ USB-C

    Printer response

    Communication only

    USB-A

    USB cable

    USB-A ↔ USB-C

    Printer response

    Communication only

    Lightning

    USB cable

    Lightning ↔ USB-C

    Printer response

    Power supply only

    Connecting a host device equipped with USB-C

    This product supports USB PD (USB Power Delivery)* and if the connected host device also supports USB PD, then it is possible to simultaneously perform printing and power supply (maximum 18W).

    If the connected host device does not support USB PD, then the printer will perform either printing or power supply (maximum 15W). When connecting for the purpose of communicating with the printer, switch the printer USB-C function to “Communication” before use. For details, refer to Switch USB-C Function.

    * USB PD (USB Power Delivery):
    This is the standard for power supply using USB. You can check whether or not the device you are using supports USB PD by using the special app from an Android device. For details, refer to Use App.


    1. Prepare a USB cable

    • Prepare the USB cable (C-C) that was provided with the printer.
    • Printer-side plugUSB-C
      Device-side plugUSB-C

    2. Connect the USB cable to the printer

    • Connect the USB cable connector to the printer USB-C port.

    3. Connect the USB cable to the host device

    • Connect the other plug to the tablet, smartphone, or PC.

    4. Connect USB cable

    • Cable outlets are provided in 3 locations (right, left, and back), and cables can be connected to suit the location where the device is placed.

    Note

  • If communication is not possible after the cable is connected, it is necessary to switch the USB-C function at the printer. For details, refer to Switch USB-C Function.
  • Make sure the USB cable is correctly connected through the cable outlets so that the device does not tilt when it is set up.
  • Connecting a host device equipped with USB micro-B

    When printing from a host device equipped with a USB micro-B port, follow the steps below to make a connection.

    Caution

    When performing USB communication with a device equipped with USB micro-B, it is necessary to use a USB adapter.
    Some devices may not support the use of a USB adapter. Be sure to perform full operation checks in advance before using.

    1. Prepare a USB cable and USB adapter

    • Prepare a USB cable (A-C) and USB adapter (USB micro-B - USB-A female).
    • Printer-side plugUSB-C
      Device-side plugUSB micro-B
      USB adapterUSB micro-B ↔ USB-A

    2. Connect the USB cable to the printer

    • Connect the USB cable to the printer USB-C port.

    3. Connect the USB cable to the host device

    • Connect the other plug to the tablet or smartphone.

    4. Connect USB cable

    • Cable outlets are provided in 3 locations (right, left, and back), and cables can be connected to suit the location where the device is placed.

    Note

  • Make sure the USB cable is correctly connected through the cable outlets so that the device does not tilt when it is set up.
  • This cannot be used with a host device that does not support a USB adapter.
  • When connected using a USB adapter, the device cannot be charged from the printer.
  • Connecting a host device equipped with USB-A

    When printing from a host device equipped with a USB-A port, follow the steps below to make a connection.

    1. Prepare a USB cable

    • Prepare the USB cable (A-C).
    • Printer-side plugUSB-C
      Device-side plugUSB-A

    2. Connect the USB cable to the printer

    • Connect the USB cable to the printer USB-C port.

    3. Connect the USB cable to the host device

    • Connect the other plug to the PC or tablet.

    4. Connect USB cable

    • Cable outlets are provided in 3 locations (right, left, and back), and cables can be connected to suit the location where the device is placed.

    Note

  • Make sure the USB cable is correctly connected through the cable outlets so that the device does not tilt when it is set up.
  • When the cable is connected to the USB-A port, the device cannot be charged from the printer.