06-14-2011 02:56 PM
Hi. Is it possible to install ACT onto my desktop and have my partners and me, 5 people maximum, access the same database that is on my desktop?
Here is my system specs: (I've checked the ACT Premium system pre-reqs)
Cpu: Intel i3-550 3.2ghz
Ram: 4 gb ddr3
GPU: AMD HD 5850 1gbRAM
Hard Drive: Western Digital 7200rpm 320gb
06-14-2011 03:01 PM
technically possible, but would require some maintenance. Also would need access to the machine from the outside. which may mean configure to your router/firewall.
06-14-2011 03:25 PM
06-14-2011 07:33 PM
06-14-2011 07:52 PM
Just set ACT 2010 Premium up on a Windows 7 Ultimate machine based in the person's home. Since they don't have a fixed IP, I set them up with dyndns to get a URL that will track any change in the IP. Also, their FIOS modem happens to support DYNDNS among others so it will periodically acknowledge itself to DYNDSN so any change in IP is tracked. This eliminates the need for an applet on the Windows 7 computer. Working well, performance is okay. Moved to port 8080 to get around Verizon blocking traffic on port 80. So their URL looks something like http://mycompany.dyndns-work.com:8080/apfw
06-14-2011 09:56 PM
06-15-2011 11:27 AM - edited 06-15-2011 11:29 AM
@ GL computin
Thanks for the blog article. Looks like syncing may be the route I have to go with if Windows 7 is not supported by ACT's "Web Access". How different is the speed of syncing by port forwarding versus a VPN such as Hamachi, I have Hamachi. My modem/router is Netgear N300 Wireless ADSL2+. I use Bellsouth DSL 6.0.
Also I am thinking of going ahead and purchasing my licenses or should I wait?
06-16-2011 02:38 PM
06-16-2011 03:21 PM
I don't bother using a VPN for encrypting the sync stream. It's 64-bit encoded, and if your IP was port scanned, the sync listener would wait about 20+ seconds before responding and even then it's a cryptic response string - nothing like a SMTP or FTP response that says "Here I am!"
Just use port forwarding for port 65100 or whatever you change it to.
And, VPNs add varying amoungs of overhead for the encryption / descryption that slows down sync, specially on attachments.