Offline Order Syncing (Peer to Peer mode)!
Lavu's new enhancement allows you to operate your restaurant even without an internet connection. With Offline Order Sync, the way Lavu transmits information between your devices has fundamentally changed. This isn't an "Offline Mode" for the entire POS, more of an "Always Syncing" mode. This new program is being used at all times, even when the POS is online. This will greatly improve the efficiency in which Lavu is able to sync information across all of your devices.
Before hand, if an iPad lost its connection to the cloud or internet, all order updates would be stored locally on the iPad. With this new feature in place, order updates are shared across devices through the network by default. That way if the connection is ever lost, syncing remains in tact as if you were still online.
Currently, the setting to take advantage of this new feature must be enabled by a Lavu Admin. Please reach out to our Customer Support line to have the feature enabled. Once it is enabled, you simply need to reload settings on all of your devices, and the new system will take over immediately. You will also need to make sure that all of your devices are running the newest version of Lavu (version 4.1.0+).
With this new feature, you will notice a new button in your application. It will appear next to the cloud icon when you bring up the options menu on the left hand side of the screen.
The number in red next to the icon indicates how many devices that the iPad can see. When you tap on the icon, you will see a screen like the one below.
Refresh will force the iPad to check for any new connections. The iPad will also do this automatically.
Go offline will disable syncing with the cloud. This will only be needed for troubleshooting purposes, and is not needed to take advantage of the new feature.
Discovered peers shows you all of the devices that the iPad is connected to through the peer network. A green light indicates an active connection, while a red light will indicate an inactive connection. A red light could mean that the iPad is simply turned off, Lavu is not currently running on the iPad, or that the iPads are on different networks. Currently: only 8 iPads are able to be connected to each other at one time. In a future release, this limit will be upgraded to 50 iPads.
While operating without an internet connection, there are inherent limitations on what can be done. Any web based services that are conducted through the application will be unavailable until the internet connection has been restored. These include:
- Requires Lavu 4.1+
- The Server Tips page
- Front of House reports like the Server Summary and X Report
- Clocking in and out
- 86 countdowns
- Manager Functions
- Lavu Gift/Loyalty
- Max of 8 devices can be connected at once
All of these web based services are currently being worked on in order to function without an internet connection. This list will be updated as we continue to improve our offline capability.