We are looking into using tablets or IPads for check in stations. I'm looking for any recommendations on what is better/easier. Thank you in advance.
Charlene SmithDatabase CoordinatorSt. Andrew's UMC
Depends on what your goal is. If it is to print labels then it will be much easier using some sort of windows based tablet. My understanding is that you can checkin and print labels from an iPad but the printers will have to be networked. There is no way to print directly to the printer via usb or bluetooth with an iPad.
I think there is a trick to setup printing via ipad. I am not remembering off the top of my head but I believe you just create a web based check-in station on a windows machine then name the iPad the same thing or something along those lines.
Very close Tyler.
If you are hosting Arena locally, you can enable check in print from server. This will have all stations (iPad and windows PC) generate labels at the web server and be printed to networked printers.
Printers could be stand alone network printers or printers attached to a station that have been shared on the network.the printers would then need to be registered on the web server.
When just using PCs with attached printers you set printers where they end up using the Kiosk default windows printer.When using check in print from server, you have to specify on the kiosk the domain identity of the printer that will be used, even if it is the local computer's default printer.
Martin, can I ask how you're getting to the Check In screen on the iPad? (I'm a rookie!)
To access check in on any non-PC device, you can go to the check in URL in a web Browser.
There are issues that you have to work around, like Mac devices not registering on domains, by adding the system id to the address bar in a specific way.