Option 1 - Build your own Qathome kiosk (around 190€, more reliable)


Step A - Buy a thermal printer - around 120€

Qathome is compatible and tested only with:

  • Excelvan HOP-E801 Bluetooth 80mm auto-cut thermal printer
  • POS 8350 Bluetooth 80mm auto-cut thermal printer

(Other printers with serial/ethernet/bluetooth interface are NOT likely to work)


Step B - Set up your Android tablet - around 70€

Qathome is compatible and tested only with:

  • Mediacom Smartpad Go 7.0
  • (Other tablets with Android 4.4 and newer are very likely to work but have not been tested)

How to setup your android tablet:

  • Connect to wifi and switch on bluetooth
  • Do not link a google account or disable auto-updates from google play store
  • Uninstall or disable useless apps
  • Do not disable google play and google service framework if present (IMPORTANT)
  • Set display back-light never to sleep
  • Set touch screen never to lock
  • Download and install Qathome Printer app (for Excelvan HOP-E801 or for POS-8350)
  • Open Qathome Printer app, touch the screen to set 1) the bluetooth MAC address of your printer and 2) your printer url from your Qathome account settings
  • Download and install Autostart and StaY and set it to autorun Qathome Printer app
  • In Autostart and StaY options for Qathome Printer, check autostart and choose zero second delay after Wifi is connected (IMPORTANT)
  • In Autostart and StaY options for Qathome Printer, check stay option (Ensures an app is always running; foreground or background)
  • In Autostart and StaY options for Qathome Printer, check persistent option (Makes an app always stay in the foreground)
  • In Autostart and StaY options for Qathome Printer, go back to return to autostart and staY main menu
  • In Autostart and StaY global options, check start service on boot
  • In Autostart and StaY global options, set control interval to 15 seconds (setting a short interval will make it hard for you to change settings)
  • Reboot and test kiosk behaviour
  • Keep usb charging cable connected to prevent battery from discharging
  • A 24-hour test (or a longer test) is highly recommended

Option 2 - Buy a kiosk (around 1000€, perhaps easier)


Step A and B - buy and set up a kiosk - around 1000€

Qathome is compatible and tested only with:

  • Asura CPRNT 80mm auto-cut thermal printer with touch screen
  • (Other printers that have their own browser with javascript printing capabilities are NOT likely to work)

How to setup the Asura CPRNT thermal printer:

  • Connect to wifi or to ethernet (make sure you have access to Qathome website)
  • Set Asura Browser as default boot application
  • Set your printer url (from your Qathome account settings) as browser home page
  • A 24-hour test (or a longer test) is highly recommended