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Build your standalone solution

Checklist for setting up a payments solution with standalone Adyen payment terminals.

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The standalone solution lets you process payments through Adyen using our payment terminals without needing a cash register system.

Here we describe how you can build such a solution in a test environment before going live.

Before you begin

Step 1: Set up your Adyen test account

After signing up for an Adyen test account, you have access to your test Customer Area. In this test environment, you need to set up a structure for your Adyen account. What structure is best for you comes down to your business needs.

  1. Determine the structure of your Adyen account, based on our documentation about the company account, merchant accounts, and stores.

  2. Request the merchant accounts that you need. Provide as many details as possible and ensure you submit the correct documents and links. This will make the application process smoother and faster.

  3. If you require stores in your account structure, wait for confirmation that your merchant accounts are created and then submit your store request form.

You can add more merchant accounts and stores later, but the basic structure should reflect the structure that you plan to have when you go live.

Step 2: Order test payment terminals

Now let's focus on the devices for processing payments. These devices are sometimes referred to as pin entry devices (PED) or points of interaction (POI), but we call them terminals.

  1. Choose the terminals that you want to use. Adyen has a wide range of terminal models for different business needs, but keep in mind that for standalone use the terminal must have a built-in printer.

  2. When you know what terminals you want, it's time to order a test card and one or more terminals for testing.

It will take at least four business days before your terminals arrive.

Step 3: Prepare your terminals

Before you can use your terminals, you need to configure them in your Customer Area. You can do this at different levels: company account level, merchant account level, store level, and terminal level. Settings at the company level apply to all terminals under the company. Settings at the merchant account level override settings inherited from the company level, and so on.

  1. In your test Customer Area, set up your terminals to operate as standalone terminals.

  2. Configure terminal and payment features. For example, you can add wallet payment methods or add branding to your terminals.

  3. Optional. Assign the test terminals to a store. This makes it easier to get your terminals up and running when you receive them.

Step 4: Get your terminals up and running

  1. When you receive the terminals, follow the steps in the manual for your terminal model to get the terminals up and running. The steps are to:
    • Inspect the terminal, to verify it has not been tampered with.
    • Insert the receipt paper roll.
    • Turn on the terminal.
    • Connect the terminal to your network.
    • Board the terminal.
    • Test the connection with the Adyen payments platform.

Now you are ready to process your first test payment!

Step 5: Test your standalone solution

  1. Try out some transactions:

    • Make payments using the test card and test terminal.
    • Make a payment where you manually enter the card details from the test card.
    • Cancel a payment.
    • Refund a payment.
  2. In your test Customer Area go to Transactions > Payments and look up your test transactions.

  3. Ensure your reconciliation is working.

    • Download the Settlement details report automatically.
    • Learn how to automate your payment reconciliation.
    • If you're using Store IDs or currency conversion (DCC), ask our POS Support Team to add these fields to your reports.

Going live

When you have finished testing, you first have to apply for a live account and sign the contract before you can take your standalone solution live.