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Using ACT! in a Wireless Network

Copper Contributor
Posts: 22
Country: Canada

Using ACT! in a Wireless Network

Has anyone experienced any problems trying to use ACT! wireless?  I recently set up one of our offices using a wireless router and afterwards....ACT! ran so slow that we weren't able to keep configuration...I had to put it back to wired network.
ACT version: ACT2006
Any ideas?
 
Thanks
 
Chris
Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: Using ACT! in a Wireless Network

Wireless networks are often subject to dropouts and reconnects, which is a problem for a permanently open database.
Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 595
Country: USA

Re: Using ACT! in a Wireless Network

One of the problems with using ACT! over a wireless network is the fundamental way a wireless network operates. In a wired network, if no one else is using the network, the full bandwidth of the network is available to a user for data transfers. If several users want to transfer data at the same time, the bandwidth available to each user is reduced but only as long as they are transferring data. Wireless network, especially older protocols, divided the bandwidth up between all the users logged on through the network thus if four people were logged on to the network, any one user only had 1/4 of the available bandwidth even when no one else was transferring data. Because the ACT! program requires transferring a lot of data over the network, a wireless network is generally not advised for the ACT! program.
 
Roy Laudenslager
ACT! Certified Consultant
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Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: Using ACT! in a Wireless Network

Well explained, Roy.
 
As an alternative idea, if Wireless is important, it maybe possible to use sync and have the scheduler automate hourly syncs... try to start the schedule so they are not conflicting.
 
This would mean that they are not operating in real-time, but it's a question on how this stacks up as a priority compared to having the cables.
Copper Contributor
Posts: 103
Country: Netherlands

Re: Using ACT! in a Wireless Network

Using Act on wireless networks is not advisable at all. The sudden disconnection of the database will likely cause problems. Furthermore: the speed of the networks is another issue.
Of course working with a terminal server would bring some relief Smiley Happy
When working with a terminal server a disconnection would not cause the complete program to blackout.
 
In our environement we have expiremented with all kinds of networks. Currently we're on a Gig network with full 100 Mbps provided for all clients. Of course harddiskspeed, RAM, etc is an important issue.
In contrary of what is always supposed, we work with roaming profiles on each workstation and Act is behaving pretty well on roaming profiles.
 
Kind regards,
 
Rene van der Velde
aka "The Dutch Betatester"


Kind regards,

Rene van der Velde
The Netherlands
aka 'The Dutch Betatester'