Integrated Eftpos: SmartPay - SmartLink Lite
Posted by John Steele, Last modified by Linde Lanjouw on 11 October 2018 04:28 PM

SmartLink Lite is the new integrated product from SmartPay and is available for use in IBIS version 8.2.0 and above.  If you are considering using SmartLink Lite, please get in touch with us to ensure you are on a compatible version prior to going ahead.

Note that this document is intended for reference and guidance only.  We strongly recommend that if there is any doubt as to whether an Eftpos transaction has completed successfully you should consult your Eftpos manual, log in to your Eftpos software to view all recent transactions if applicable, or contact your Eftpos provider to check. This document was written with a Pax S800 terminal with in-built printer.

Setup SmartLink Lite

Once you have your hardware installed as per the providers instructions (please note that we are unable to assist in installing the Eftpos software itself, you will need to consult your Eftpos provider manual or the provider themselves if you require assistance) you will need to log in to IBIS and change the settings to point to your new Eftpos machine.

Please note that this setting is stored at a computer level so will need to be done for each computer you are changing.

  1. Log into IBIS
  2. Locate your Machine Settings  screen under the System Menu:
  3. Make sure you have your Till name and Receipt printer set correctly.
  4. Locate the setting marked 'Eftpos provider'
    • Change the setting to 'SmartLink'
    • Enter the Eftpos terminal IP address. If your Eftpos provider hasn't left these details for you, you should be able to retrieve them from the Eftpos machine by pressing button '1' when the terminal is in Ready mode
  5. You will now need to log out of IBIS and back in again to initiate the connection to your Eftpos machine

Logging on to IBIS

Once you have competed the setup above you will notice when you log in again that the Point of Sale screen will open and you will get a box appearing similar to the below to indicate that IBIS is connecting to your POS machine:

SmartLink Logon

If for any reason you do not want to continue with the integration you can cancel out of this logon at any point prior to the connection completing.  If you do abort the connection you will get an message saying the Eftpos machine can't be reached and you will need to change the Eftpos system to External and log out and back in again. To do this, simply reverse the Local Settings above to select your 'Eftpos system' as External.

When completed the logon box will disappear and you will receive a printout saying the logon was successful as below:

Logon Receipt

You should then be ready to use the Eftpos integration.

Processing a SmartLink Lite Eftpos transaction

If you have previously been using Integrated Eftpos you should find that your payment types in Point of Sale are already set up to process integrated transactions. If not you can see more about how to set up payment types here: and how to add buttons to Point of Sale here:

To process a transaction take the following steps:

  1. Once you have the sale in your POS screen click on your Eftpos button
  2. You will notice the POS screen turn grey and the Eftpos payment screen will appear:

    Initiate eftpos Transaction

    While the Point of Sale screen in the background is grey you will be unable to click on any other buttons in Point of Sale until the Eftpos transaction completes.  This prevents any Point of Sale function from being accidentally activated during a sale
  3. The 'Amount payment' box should automatically fill in with the sale total
  4. If you have the Global Setting 'Allow cashout on Eftpos' enabled you will be able to enter a cashout amount in this field (note that if that setting is disabled you won't be able to enter any cashout)
  5. If you need to make any amendments to the sale, click Cancel and you will be returned to the Point of Sale screen. Your sale will be saved in a status of Adding Items and you will be able to amend it as required
  6. If you don't need to amend, click on Process
  7. The total of the sale will be sent to your Eftpos machine to be processed
  8. At this point you will be prompted to swipe the customer card, follow the instructions on the machine to process the sale
  9. Once processed successfully you will be returned to your Point of Sale
  10. You will see the transaction now balances at $0.00. There will be an Eftpos payment reference associated with the transaction highlighted in the image below:

    Successful Transaction

  11. You will also get your Eftpos receipts printed through your thermal printer if you have one set up:

    Transaction Receipt
    This receipt will give you various information regarding the transaction. The terminal ID and Tran number combine to make the reference number you would have seen associated with your transaction in step 10. You will also see the total amounts, whether it was a payment or refund, the card type and most importantly the status of the transaction (ie accepted, declined etc).

Processing a SmartLink Lite Refund

  1. Depending on whether you are refunding a booking (operator systems), a ticket (agent systems) or a retail item, ensure the correct item(s) are on the screen in front of you for the correct negative value
  2. Click your Eftpos payment type to initiate the transaction, this will launch the payment popup box in refund mode
  3. The text above your amount should read 'Amount refund' and the amount should be negative
  4. You will also notice the Cashout facility is locked out for this type of transaction

    SmartLink Lite Refund

  5. If you need to make any amendments to the sale prior to returning payment click Cancel at this point and make the amendments then click on your Eftpos button in POS once again, otherwise click Process
  6. You will get a prompt on the terminal asking you to swipe your Merchant Card
  7. If you do not have a Merchant Card please contact either your supervisor or your Eftpos company, IBIS cannot supply you with a merchant card
  8. Once swiped you will get a prompt asking to enter the Merchant PIN
  9. If you do not know your Merchant PIN you must contact either your supervisor or your Eftpos company, IBIS cannot supply you with this PIN
  10. Once the PIN has been entered correctly you will be prompted to swipe the customer card - at this point follow the further instructions on the terminal
  11. When the transaction is complete you will be returned to POS, you should see your transaction balance to $0.00
  12. As with a purchase you will now see an Eftpos reference number associated with that transaction

    Refund Successful
  13. You will then get an Eftpos receipt similar to the following print out

    Refund Receipt

    Note the receipt states that it was a Refund transaction, the amount of the refund, and that the refund was accepted

Processing a Purchase with a Cashout Transaction

  1. To process cashout on Eftpos you will need to ensure your system setting 'Allow cashout on Eftpos' is set to true prior to opening POS
  2. Ensure all the items for the sale are taken through to Point of Sale
  3. Start the integrated Eftpos transaction in the usual way
  4. You should see your transaction total in the Amount payment box
  5. Enter the amount of cash the customer requires in the Amount cashout field:

    Transaction with Cashout
  6. Click on Process, the total you should see on the Eftpos machine should equal the sum of the Amount payment and the Amount cashout ($14.00 in the above case)
  7. Continue with the transaction as prompted on the Eftpos terminal
  8. If successful you will be return to Point of Sale which should now show the breakdown of the transaction including the Eftpos references

    Transaction with Cashou
    Note that in the above image Point of Sale has broken down the transaction into the following
    • The Eftpos purchase of $4.00
    • The Eftpos cashout charge of $10.00
    • The amount of cash to return to the customer ($10.00)
  9. You will also get a receipt similar to the following:

    Receipt with cashout
    Note that the TOTAL in the above example is the total charged to the customer card

Processing a Cashout Only Transaction

If you regularly allow cashout only (i.e. if you allow customers to take cashout via your Eftpos machine without making a purchase) you can do so by following these steps:

  1. First of all you must ensure that you have a non-stock retail item set up with a price of $0.00 in the system called 'Eftpos Cash out' or similar
  2. Begin the sale by adding your 'Eftpos Cash out' item to the sale
  3. Click on your Eftpos payment button to start the transaction
  4. Enter the amount of cashout the customer requires into the Amount cashout field (the Amount payment should be left blank)

    Cashout only
  5. Click process to send the amount to the Eftpos terminal
  6. Follow your usual procedure on the Eftpos machine to process the transaction
  7. Once the transaction is successful you will be return to IBIS and the POS screen will look similar to the following

    Cashout Only Transaction
    Note that the screen shows the Eftpos transaction with reference number and Cashout of $10, and a further line detailing the amount the customer is to receive
  8. You will also get a receipt print out similar to the following

    Cashout only receipt

Transaction Timeouts

If you have already clicked Process to start the Eftpos transaction, the total amount to debit has been sent to the Eftpos machine and the customer changes their mind about the payment type or even the purchase, you may find after a certain amount of time the Eftpos machine will cancel the transaction.  IBIS also begins a countdown timer as soon as the transaction is started so if it's not completed within 60 seconds a Reset button will become active to allow you to cancel the process:

Integrated eftpos countdown

Once the transaction is cancelled your thermal printer will print the following receipt:

Declined Receipt

What Happens when a Signature is Required

Sometimes you may perform a transaction which requires a signature to validate. On these occasions you will get a receipt printed prompting you for the customer signature.  You should follow the prompts on your Eftpos machine, ensure the customer signs the correct receipt, and then accept or decline the transaction on the Eftpos terminal as required.

If you accept the signature your POS screen will update with the transaction and you will get a successful receipt print out.  If you decline the transaction you will be returned to the Process Payment popup at which point you can either attempt to process the transaction again or cancel out of the screen.

What Happens if a Transaction is Declined

If a transaction is declined depending on your terminal you may get alerted by a persistent beeping. The SmartLink user guide state that the merchant is required to press ENTER on the Eftpos machine to print a receipt and complete the transaction.  At this point the screen should display 'Declined'.  Upon return to IBIS your Eftpos transaction popup will now display the text 'The card was declined by the Eftpos provider':

Card declined

This screen will remain on your Point of Sale until you either click Process to retry (if the customer produces another card for example), or Cancel to cancel. 

You will get the following receipt via your POS printer to indicate it was declined:


If the countdown within the IBIS prompt reaches 0 and the Reset button activates, this should not be clicked.  Simply acknowledging the declined transaction on the Eftpos machine by pressing ENTER will return the transaction to IBIS and allow you to continue.  If you do inadvertently click the Reset button you will still be able to link the transaction by clicking ENTER on the Eftpos terminal.

What Happens when the Connection Fails

Once in a while you may find yourself in a situation where the transaction doesn't make it back to IBIS immediately due to a power or internet failure.  In these instances Point of Sale should recover the Eftpos transaction for you

  1. You have started a sale and swiped the customer card to charge
  2. Something happens which breaks the connection between the terminal and IBIS (power outage, Internet blip etc)
  3. The terminal says 'accepted' but nothing comes back to IBIS
  4. The countdown timer on the payment box reaches zero, at this point you can and should click Reset
    Reset button
  5. Once you click Reset you will be presented with a further error message letting you know that there is a transaction in progress and do you want to reset - you can click Yes to this
  6. This will produce the following dialogue box telling you that the Point of Sale cannot communicate with the Eftpos machine

    Incomplete Transaction
  7. At this point you should check your Eftpos machine and the connection to make sure it's still connected. If it is connected but the terminal is not responding to commands you may need to contact your Eftpos provider to check
  8. Once the Eftpos machine is back online again you can click Try Again and this will begin to recover the transaction and present you with the following:

    Recovered transaction
  9. Finally, when you click Continue you should be returned to your Point of Sale screen and the sale should complete

Eftpos Functions in Point of Sale

There are a few functions you can perform on your Eftpos machine via your Point of Sale:

Eftpos Logon:

Selecting this option in your Point of Sale will initiate a logon to your Eftpos machine. This can be beneficial if you Eftpos machine doesn't initialise when you first log in to IBIS, or if some reason the connection is dropped during the day.  Once you select this option you will see a box popup with the caption Logon.  As soon as the logon is complete the popup will change to say accepted, and you will get a small print out saying the logon has been completed:

Logon Receipt

Eftpos Settlement Enquiry:

This function can be used at the end of the day for reconciliation.  Once you select this function you will be prompted to enter a date you wish to run this enquiry for.  In most cases you should be able to run for todays date by pressing the enter key without entering a date.  This will print out a receipt with a breakdown of the days payments which you can use to reconcile against your IBIS X -Off report.

Eftpos Cutover:

The Eftpos cutover can normally only be done once per day and should be used at the end of the day once you have reconciled all your payments in IBIS and are happy they are all accounted for.  Selecting the cutover should normally be done in conjunction with the IBIS Z - Off report.

Reprint Last Receipt:

Selecting this function will simply reprint the Eftpos receipt for the last sale taken.

Troubleshooting and FAQ's

Q - How do I know my Eftpos machine is connected when I begin a transaction?

A - As soon as you initiate the transaction you will see the Eftpos popup appear.  Along the top of this popup box is the Eftpos system you are connected to:

Eftpos system in use

If your Eftpos is not connected or integrated you will see the following:

External Eftpos

If you see the screen with 'External' you will need to check a few things:

  • Your Eftpos machine has power
  • Your Eftpos machine is active, connected and in a ready state (note that any issues with the Eftpos machine itself will need to be directed to the hardware supplier, IBIS is not able to assist in these circumstances)
  • Your local settings are set to the correct integrated Eftpos settings

You can attempt a manual logon via the Eftpos function listed above.  If this doesn't work, try logging out and back in to IBIS once your local settings are correct.

Q - I made an integrated Eftpos transaction, but nothing happened to IBIS

A - The most common cause of this is the POS transaction not balancing fully.  The first thing to do is check your Point of Sale to see if the Eftpos transaction has connected to the sale. If your Point of Sale screen is still open you can perform a visual check immediately, otherwise you may need to use the Find Old Sale screen to locate your sale and bring it to POS again. 

When you have your Point of Sale screen open in front of you, attempt to locate the Eftpos transaction reference number. It will appear similar to below:

Transaction Returned

If this is the case you may have a rounding or balancing error in your Point of Sale screen.  Firstly check that the balance of the transaction is $0.00. If the balance is not $0.00 it could mean there are further payments to be taken. Depending on the situation there are a few scenarios you could follow here:

If you are intentionally only taking part payment against a ticket which is resulting in the unbalanced sale you will need to amend the overall value of the sale so it balances at $0.00.

You have booked a skydive ticket for two people at a total cost of $700 and taken this to Point of Sale
Only one person is paying now, the other will be coming in later and paying their share
You put through a payment of $350 for the first person
The Eftpos transaction registers against the transaction in Point of Sale and leaves a total balance outstanding of $350
The first $350 has not yet registered against the ticket

To get around this you will need to change the overall price of the ticket in Point of Sale to $350.
You can do this by ensuring the line you wish to edit in POS is highlighted and has ** next to the item name (indicates the price is editable). 
Ensure the cursor is flashing in the white box in the upper left corner of the POS screen (bordered by a red line in the picture above)
Enter an amount to match the payment already taken (in this case $350) and hit enter. 
This will change the overall ticket price to $350 IN POS ONLY - the ticket will retain the total value of $700.
Ensure now the Point of Sale shows a total of $0.00 outstanding
Process a $0 cash transaction to complete the sale.  You should then be reverted back to your ticket which shows an amount of $350 still outstanding

If you have the Point of Sale screen up and the total balances $0.00, simply process a $0.00 cash transaction against the sale which should then complete the transaction and print the receipts.

If you are still unsure as to whether the payment has gone through successfully or not please consult your Eftpos software or provider in the first instance who should be able to tell you if the transaction was successful or not.

Q - I'm getting too many Eftpos receipts printing after a sale

A - Check the Global/System settings and ensure 'Duplicate Eftpos receipt' is unticked/set to false

Q - I'm not getting enough Eftpos receipts printing after a sale

A - Check the Global/System setting and ensure 'Duplicate Eftpos receipt' is ticked/set to true

Q - I don't have any of the Eftpos functions on my Point of Sale

A - Check out this article on how to add buttons:

Q - My Eftpos button doesn't send the amount down to the Eftpos machine - it just produces a popup asking for the payment amount

A - Open up your payment types screen and ensure that the payment type of Eftpos has the behaviour of Eftpos.  It's the Eftpos behaviour that tells the Point of Sale screen to send the details to the Eftpos machine connected

Q - I had a transaction fail to come back to IBIS. I waited for the 60 second countdown to finish and then I clicked on Try Again to recover however nothing has happened and I can't exit out of the screen.

A - It may be that your eftpos terminal has lost connection.  Try to reset the eftpos machine by unplugging it from the wall, removing the network cable, then plugging it back in again. Once the status on the Eftpos terminal changes from Connecting to Ready you should be able to recover the transaction by clicking 'Try Again'.  If this doesn't clear your issue please get in touch with our helpdesk.

Q - All my Eftpos transactions are registered in Point of Sale as Eftpos, but I am sure there are Visa, MasterCard, Amex and other card types used?

A - The integrated Eftpos system relies on being able to match the payment type used with a payment type in your system. If all of your transactions are showing in Point of Sale as Eftpos you may need to set up payment types for each of the credit card types.  You don't need to add them as buttons. You can find more details on how to add payment types here:  They need to be set up with a behaviour type of Eftpos. Note that if you already have some manual credit card payment types set up and in use you will need to add further options to the menu.

Q - I put an integrated Eftpos transaction through and it's registered against my sale, however I made a mistake with the sale and now I can't void it

A - Once an integrated Eftpos transaction is allocated to a transaction on your POS you will not be able to void this sale.  This is a security feature to ensure the transactional referencing is preserved - if the sale was voided the Eftpos reference would be completely lost.  There are a few ways of dealing with this depending on the situation. Choose the one that bests suits your situation from the below, and if none of the scenarios match your situation please get in touch with our helpdesk

  • Option 1: Reduce the amount of the sale to the current amount already processed so the sale balances to $0 then process a $0 cash transaction against the sale to complete it. This can be done in the following ways:
    • If there is a ticket or booking involved in the transaction you will see the item in POS is followed by **.  Reduce the price of this ticket to make the overall sale balance to $0 by typing the new value in the box at the top left of the POS screen. For example:
      Sale consists of a $700 ticket and $58 retail
      $250 transaction has been processed against integrated Eftpos leaving $508 outstanding
      Highlight ticket, then type $192 in the box in the top left corner and hit enter
      This changes the ticket to $192, plus the $58 retail = $250
      Now overall outstanding balance = $0
      Process $0 cash to compete the transaction and return to Ticketing
      Note that you will need to reverse/refund the sale
    • If you have the setting 'Allow add in pay made' you may be able to reduce the retail items in the sale to make the overall sale balance $0, you would then need to process a $0 cash transaction as above. For example:
      Sale consists of 2 Retail Items for $40 total
      $20 integrated Eftpos transaction is processed against the sale
      Customer only wants 1 of the sold item
      Using the - key reduce the amount of retail items to 1 and process $0 against the sale
  • Option 2: Process the remainder of the transaction as cash to complete the sale, then cancel the ticket/return the retail items and split the refund amount so the correct amount is returned to the customer on their card and the remainder is processed as cash

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