Typically any type of business can set up at a trade show or fair. Here, the business displays a small part of itself outside of its normal location.
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Depending on the trade show, there may or may not be access to an internet connection. Continue below to learn how to set up your business’s network in each of these scenarios.
Locations with WiFi
If your trade show offers wireless internet, use a WiFi range extender to set up your business’s own WiFi network. The extender repeats your current wireless network so your printer connects directly to the extender and wirelessly to the router. This allows your printer to be located away from your router.
Speak with the trade show’s IT professional – some trade shows may require special setup to get everything working.
- Set up a WiFi range extender to connect to the trade show's WiFi.
- Connect your iPad to the extender’s WiFi network.
Locations with No WiFi
No WiFi, no problem. Connect to a cellular hotspot and use a Bluetooth receipt printer or run ShopKeep offline without credit card processing.
Before purchasing a hotspot, visit the Best Practices for Network Setup guide for connection speed and coverage recommendations.
- Set up your hotspot according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Connect your iPad to the hotspot's WiFi network.
Different businesses have different needs, so here’s a look at some common hardware configuration setups.
Quick Service Hardware
Quick service businesses at trade shows handle customers purchasing snacks and concessions to-go.
Retail businesses at trade shows include booths and exhibitors selling their goods on the spot.