EPSON TM-C600

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Introduction

The EPSON TM-C600 (also known as the Catalina Marketing CMC-6 in the US) was a spec design for exclusive use by Catalina Marketing in the United States.

An identical printer to the EPSON TM-C610 - with the notable exception of requiring SJIC11P instead of SJIC25P cartridges, this printer is the workhorse coupon dispenser of many grocery store checkout lanes in the US.

Setup

The TM-C600 model that I acquired was a remanufactured unit off of eBay.com, for about $50 USD, with two spare ink cartridges.

After unpacking, remove the rear cover, and plug in the power adapter and the provided Ethernet cable into the TM-C600.

Paper Loading

The paper loading can be accomplished with the power off or on.

Simply press down the gray latch in front, and pull the front panel forward.

Note that the paper roll drive and the ink head are located at the top front of the inside of the printer.

Do not touch the nozzles! - you can permanently damage them with fingerprints!

With the paper hatch open, insert the paper as per the diagram printed on the hatch.

As soon as the hatch is closed, the paper is loaded.

Network Setup

Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into a laptop of desktop computer.

Before powering on the TM-C600, set up the laptop/desktop machine's Ethernet to the following:

IP Address 192.168.192.1
Netmask 255.255.255.0
Broadcast 192.168.192.255

Power on the TM-C600, and wait until it finishes its self-check (about 3 minutes or so, depending on how stale the ink cartridge is).

When it is complete, and only the green power light is lit, access the TM-C600 at the following IP address:

URL http://192.168.192.168/
Username EPSON
Password *No password needed*

You can also telnet to 192.168.192.168, and log in with (again) no password - just slap ENTER - and configure the network setup from the command line prompts.

Driver Setup

The CMC-6/TM-C600 uses the exact same driver as the EPSON TM-C610, and can be downloaded from EPSON's POS printer site.

Run the nozzle check/cleaning about 3 times to clean out any old gunk and cycle the ink up to the printhead.

For Linux (and MacOS, if you're handy with a compiler), I have the following CUPS based driver:

EPSON TM-C600/TM-C610 CUPS Driver (GitHub)

Printing

Prints like any other network connected Windows printer - with the exception that the paper is very very narrow!

It takes standard 2.25" receipt paper, available at any office supply store.