Setup for
Trade Shows

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.

Table of Contents

Network Setup

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 the WN2500RP 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.

  1. Set up the WN2500RP to connect to the trade show's WiFi.
  2. 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.

  1. Set up your hotspot according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Connect your iPad to the hotspot's WiFi network.

Hardware Setup

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.

Essential Hardware

  • Set up your Ethernet or Bluetooth Receipt Printer and Cash Drawer.
  • Set up your Ticket Printer.
  • Set up your ShopKeep or Freeform iPad Stand.
  • Recommended Extras

  • Set up a Credit Card Reader.
  • Add a Cash Drawer Mount.
  • Add a case of Printer Paper.
  • Retail Hardware

    Retail businesses at trade shows include booths and exhibitors selling their goods on the spot.

    Essential Hardware

  • Set up your Ethernet or Bluetooth Receipt Printer and Cash Drawer.
  • Set up your Barcode Scanner.
  • Set up your ShopKeep or Freeform iPad Stand.
  • Recommended Extras

  • Set up your DYMO Label Printer.
  • Set up a Credit Card Reader.
  • Add a Barcode Scanner Stand or Charging Cradle.
  • Add a case of Cash Drawer Mount.
  • Add a case of Printer Paper.

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