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Setting up the BBPOS WisePos E
Setting up the BBPOS WisePos E

Learn how to set up your Oliver Pay card reader, the BBPOS WisePOS E.

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Written by Jordan Thorne
Updated over a week ago

Turn the reader on and off

When you first receive the device, install the battery. With the back of the device facing you, lift up from the indentation at the bottom left corner to detach the back cover. Insert the battery by sliding it into the exposed slot with the gold connectors at the top aligned. After the battery is in place, charge the reader by using an outlet or the optional ethernet dock. Connect the reader to power by plugging the provided cable into the port with the lightning bolt symbol.

After the reader is fully charged, hold down the power button on the right hand side until the screen turns on. After the device powers on, press the power button to sleep or wake the device. To fully power off the device, hold down the power button until the power off option is shown on the screen, then select it.

In a countertop deployment, leaving the device on for extended periods is expected. With a full charge, you can expect the battery to last about eight hours.

Note: Even when it’s not in use, leave the BBPOS WisePOS E plugged in and powered on to receive automatic software updates.

Access settings

To open the settings menu, swipe right from the left edge of the reader screen to reveal a Settings button. Tap the Settings button and enter the admin PIN 07139. From here, you can update your WiFi settings or generate a pairing code for device registration. Battery status is displayed at the top right of this screen. To close the settings menu, click the back arrow in the top left corner.

Settings button

Admin PIN screen

Settings menu

Screen timeout

The screen times out when the reader isn’t connected to a power source. The default timeout of 1 hour is to improve battery performance. To update this value, go to the settings, select Appearance, and then select a new screen timeout from the dropdown. The device screen turns on automatically when a device interaction occurs (such as touching the screen) or payment is requested.

Settings menu

Appearance menu

Timeout menu

Connect the reader to the internet

Because the BBPOS WisePOS E is a smart reader, its reader software communicates directly with Stripe, managing connectivity through a LAN. The reader must connect to the same local network as your point of sale application. If you’re running into issues connecting your reader to the internet, follow the troubleshooting steps to diagnose the issue.


To connect to WiFi or switch networks, go to settings, then select WiFi settings to choose the network and connect. Attempting to join a new network disconnects the reader from any existing wireless connection.

Your WiFi network must use WPA-Personal or WPA2-Personal encryption and be password protected. The WisePOS E does not support non-password-protected networks, enterprise networks and IPV6 networks. Follow the troubleshooting steps to diagnose issues with IPV6 networks. Non-password-protected networks or enterprise networks are not supported. If needed, you can set a static IP on the device from the Wireless settings screen.


Ethernet connectivity requires the use of an optional dock, which provides wired Ethernet connectivity and keeps your smart reader fully charged using the included charging cable. You can purchase the dock separately through the Stripe dashboard. The Ethernet Dock features a 10/100 Ethernet port and rubber feet for stable countertop use.

To set up the dock:

  • Connect the Ethernet cable from your dock to your router.

  • Connect the dock to power. It has a minimum power requirement of 5V-2A (10W) and includes a charging cable, which you can plug into any USB-A power adapter (not included).

  • When both cables are connected, insert the reader into the dock.

To confirm that the reader is properly docked, verify the reader is charging and the Ethernet icon is visible in the status bar.

Charging icon:

Ethernet icon:

Note: The dock’s charging cable must be USB-A to USB-C. The dock doesn’t work with a USB-C to USB-C connection.

The reader obtains an IP address using DHCP. As soon as the network cable is plugged in, the reader attempts to establish communication with Stripe.

Network priority

The BBPOS WisePOS E prioritizes connecting through Ethernet if possible. Even if previously configured for WiFi, the reader switches to using an Ethernet connection when connected to the dock with a plugged-in Ethernet cable. If the reader is removed from the dock, it switches back to the WiFi connection.

The BBPOS WisePOS E resets its priority to Ethernet when rebooting. Even if previously configured for WiFi, the reader switches to Ethernet if it detects an Ethernet cable connection while starting up.

If the reader is docked but there is no Ethernet cable plugged in, it uses WiFi. Regardless of connectivity while docked, you can still connect to WiFi and manage networks on the device.

Change the UI appearance

By default, the user interface of your BBPOS WisePOS E reader uses a dark theme.

You can change the appearance of the UI to use a light theme in the settings menu. Go to settings, then select Appearance, and select a new theme from the dropdown.

Settings menu

Appearance menu

Theme menu

Change the default reader language

The BBPOS WisePOS E supports changing the reader language in the settings menu. Swipe right across the screen to access the settings menu, and select your language.

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