The event check-in experience is the first touch point for attendees at an in-person event. Socio Onsite is what your attendees use to check in and print their badges. By making a great first impression at check-in, you’ll set the stage for a great event.
This guide walks you through setting up your Socio Onsite hardware kit and provides links to troubleshooting and help resources.
⭐️ Keep in mind, we recommend setting up and testing the printer no less than one day before attendees begin to arrive. This provides plenty of time to test and work through any questions or confusion before check-in begins. You should also test each morning of the event to make sure the equipment is working properly.
What it's like
In the quick video below, you'll see Onsite in action at an event! Take a look at the check-in table setup and see what the attendee experience is like.
Now, let's dive into the setup steps.
What's in the box
Your Onsite kit will arrive with at least one of the following:
Zebra ZD620 printer
Cudy LT500 4G router OR Cradlepoint AER1600 Cellular Router, with SIM
*The box may not contain badge stock if the event organizer chose to source badges from somewhere else.
⚠️ Caution! Make sure you set up each piece of equipment in the order in which it's presented here.
Take a look at the video below for a demo and read the instructions below for more best practices.
1. Router setup
Plug the router's power cord into a power source. After about 30 seconds, the light on the top will turn blue. Plug the supplied Ethernet cable into the LAN1 port on the back of the router, and plug the other end into the printer’s network port.
2. Printer setup
Plug the printer’s power cord into a power source, and press the power button. After the printer powers on, make sure the network light at the top right corner of the screen is green. If the light is off or yellow, check to make sure the Ethernet cable is connected to both the router and the printer.
⭐️ Keep in mind, printers don't support WiFi connection and must be connected directly to the router with an ethernet cable.
Complete the steps in this article to load and calibrate the printer.
3. iPad setup
⚠️ Complete these steps for each iPad.
Connect the iPad’s power cable to a power source, and place the iPad on its stand. Power on the iPad, and connect the WiFi to the router’s network. Network information can be found on the bottom of the router.
⭐️ Keep in mind, all iPads are updated with the latest version of our app before shipping. In some rare cases, we may release an update after your Onsite kit has been shipped. Before you start checking attendees in, it's a good idea to make sure it's up to date.
Now, open the Onsite app, and log in using Socio Platform credentials. If you don't have a Socio Platform account, work with the event organizer to log in. After logging in, tap the correct event, and follow the onscreen instructions. As you set things up, here are a couple things to keep in mind:
If you're working with multiple printers, be sure to select the right one. Printers are listed in the app by their serial number, which can be found on the bottom of the printer.
When you set the Printer Location, you may be filling in the second half of a statement that starts with something like "Your badge is being printed..." The preset text you're adding to is shown above the Printer Location field, so make sure what you enter makes grammatical sense with it. If the preset text seems complete, simply name the printer with something related to its location.
If you skip printer connection during your initial setup of the app, you must access the app's settings and connect a printer before attendees can print their badges.
Once you've completed setup and launched Kiosk Mode, you're ready to start printing!
⚠️ Caution! Make sure that all cords and wires are tucked away and hidden, so everything looks neat and tidy for attendees. Be sure to also keep an eye on each iPad's battery level periodically as you check attendees in.
App and printer troubleshooting
If you need help connecting to or changing a selected printer, switching events, or configuring the printer, please use the resources below.
If you can't find a solution to a question or problem using the resources above, please click the button below and fill out the form to get in touch with us. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.