Partner Guide: How to set up the HiPlus Standalone Card Reader

To enable the 3G feature and start a transaction with a HiPlus standalone card reader, you will need to follow the below step:

1. Set up the terminal/card reader in the Handpoint Terminal Management System (TMS). You can find the tutorial on how to assign terminals to a merchant on the TMS. If you cannot see the terminal under the “unassigned terminals” list in your TMS, please contact your hardware distributor to request it to be added.


Now it is possible to deliver a device to a merchant and have the merchant go through steps 2-11. You will need to also provide your merchant with the first 6 digits of their Shared Secret (which is found in the TMS by selecting the merchant, clicking "Edit merchant" and their shared secret is located at the bottom of the Merchant Information form) as they will require this for step 9. 

2. Take out the SIM tray (on the left of the card reader) by using a SIM tray eject pin (or paperclip) to insert into the small pinhole opening. Apply a small amount of pressure until the SIM tray pop outs, where then it can be pulled straight out. It is important the SIM card is inserted in the second space of the SIM tray (nearest the card reader). It is a nano size slot and does not fit a micro or regular-sized sim cards.

3. Press  (Power button) to turn on the device and it may prompt you to enter the date and time settings. Please configure both accurately, selecting  (OK button) when you want to move on from each part: 'Year', 'Month', 'Day', 'Hours', 'Minutes', 'Seconds' (unless it has been pre-configured). If it carries out a time-out and cancels your date/time configuration process, you can turn off and restart the card reader to complete this step.

4. The reader will try to connect automatically to the mobile network using default parameters.

5. Just in case, if the device can’t connect to the mobile network it means that your sim card needs specific APN settings or username/password which can be entered manually by clicking:

    a)  (Up arrow)
    b) 'Settings'
    c) 'Mobile network'
    d) 'Set up a new network'

6. Once the reader has successfully connected to the mobile network, a signal strength bar should appear on the top right corner of the device screen (next to the battery sign). If the signal strength bar isn’t displayed, it unfortunately means the connection to the mobile network was unsuccessful. So please turn off the device and try again.

7. When the device has successfully connected to the mobile network, you are ready to fetch the initial update.

    a) To do that you just need to press  (OK button) to start the update. Alternatively you can go to the main menu by clicking  (Up arrow), 'Settings', 'Update card reader'.
    b) Press  (OK button) to initiate download of the correct payment terminal software and merchant configuration.

8. Once the card reader has downloaded the software and configuration, it should re- start automatically. If the reader does not re-start automatically and just turns off after the downloads, you will need to push (Power button) to re-start the device and finish the installation.

9. At this point you should be prompted to enter the first 6 digits of the merchants shared secret. These 6 digits can be numeric from 0 – 9 or  letters  f. As the keypad on the Hi5 only contains numbers, in order to enter the alphanumeric characters please use:

    (Key number 1) to enter characters: a, b, c. 
    Press twice for "a", three times for "b" and four times for "c". 

     (Key number 2) to enter characters: d, e, f.
    Press twice for "d", three times for "e" and four times for "f". 

10. Once the first 6 digits of the shared secret have been successfully entered, the merchant will be asked to create a 4-digit password to protect the refund/reversal menu. This is important to prevent someone stealing a device and carrying out a refund to their own card.

[If you are planning on managing this process from step 1 – 11 entirely on behalf of your merchant(s) and simply handing them a device ready to transact, Handpoint recommends selecting a random 4-digit password (that is not easily predictable, such as: 1,2,3,4 or 1,1,1,1) and share it with a merchant via phone or email.]

11. Once the shared secret key and the refund menu password have been entered, the device is fully set up and ready to start transacting.

Please remember and remind your merchants that in order to start a transaction you have to click  (OK button) before entering an amount. Alternatively you can also go to the main menu, by selecting  (Up arrow) and clicking “Sale".


The HiPlus card reader is a dual payment device which means it can be used as a standalone as well as an integrated card reader. If your merchant is interested to change their HiPlus card reader from a standalone to an integrated device, then please get in touch with your Handpoint Account Manager to discuss the simple steps to carry this out.