04-11-2010 07:36 AM
I am not a pc / software geek, please help
We have a small business and want start by Synchronize two laptops both running Vista / Act2009 Premium (Master - Slave scenario)
We do not have a server
we do have a wireless link in the office - can we connect the two laptops via this link
Must we use our service provider?
Must we run a additional PC (server) in the office?
04-13-2010 01:39 PM
Depending on where you are/will be using ACT!, and how you're connected, there are a few options, but here's my two cents worth:
If you are both in the "office":
We do not have a server - that's OK, you don't need a "server" computer
we do have a wireless link in the office - can we connect the two laptops via this link - certainly, if it's setup correctly. Are you connected presently? e.g. do you share a printer, an internet connection, connect to the same router to get to the internet connection?
Must we use our service provider? - if you're in the same office, then you will be using your local network (LAN), i.e. your wireless router in the above question.
Must we run a additional PC (server) in the office? - Not necessarily, you could use one laptop as both the server and a user's workstation. You'll just have to remember that to connect the two, both will need to be available.
If you will be offisite with any of the ACT! "client" laptop computers:
We do not have a server - well, again, you don't need a server computer, but you will need one that has adequate performance and that will basically run all the time
we do have a wireless link in the office - can we connect the two laptops via this link ...
Must we use our service provider? - these two are somewhat related. You will connect offsite *into* your network at the office. More likely than not, the "server" will be connected directly to the wireless link, or it could be wireless, doesn't really matter. But in this case, you'd be connecting via the internet, a.k.a your service provider to your internal network, then to the server.
Must we run a additional PC (server) in the office? - yes, your "server" will be that extra computer that is always available waiting for a sync connection
Hope this helps, there are quite a few Knowledgebase articles at http://kb.sagesoftwareonline.com/, or contact a consultant who can do this (probably) in a much shorter amount of time