This article will explore the options for kiosk and name tag printing recommendations. Please also explore our Handshake User Community in order to see specific hardware recommendation from 500+ Career Services professionals!
Check In Device/Laptop:
Any laptop or device that has USB output will work with Handshake; it should not matter what brand or type you use. Many of our schools use iPads, PCs, etc.
Note: while a checkin kiosk may be utilized on a tablet/iPad, name tag printing is only supported on a desktop/laptop, as specific software is required to be installed by Dymo.
Any USB card reader that has keyboard emulation will work with Handshake. The only required specs are that the device must:
Connect via USB
Use keyboard emulation
If your kiosk is using an iPad, you will need to also purchase:
Lightening to USB adapter
We recommend the MagTek 21073062 Dynamag Magnesafe Triple Track Magnetic Stripe Swipe Reader - only because most of our schools use this reader and have success in setting it up!
There is no software required for the card reader. For more information, refer to How to Enable Card Swipe Check In for Students.
Name Tag Printing:
In order to print name tags, you will need a Dymo Label printer. We support either of these options with Mac or Windows (versions 7/8/10):
Dymo 450 OR
Dymo 450 Turbo
Explore this link (a third-party site) to review those options. Once you have a printer, you will need to download the Dymo software when setting up your printer. We have more information on Dymo software installation (including a link to the download page) and XML formatting in Kiosks: Printing Attendee Nametags.
- Note: name tag printing is only supported from a desktop/laptop with the printer connected via USB, as Dymo requires specific software be installed on the computer.
We recommend testing your setup prior to the day of the event, at least two weeks in advance if possible to allow for any troubleshooting, device/software replacements or reinstalls, or assistance from our Support Team.
For more information, refer to our Kiosk and Name Tag Printing Configuration and Testing Guide.