RMS on a wireless network

I have a prospect who is planning on implementing RMS on a 3-register system,
but does not want to use a regular Ethernet wired network in their store
(small space, and don't want to have to run wires); they want to operate
using a wireless router and each register connected using USB wireless
adapters.
I am VERY leery about using RMS on a wireless network. RMS gets really
cranky if it loses it's network / database connection for even a moment. The
POS application will switch over to offline mode, but it can be a hassle to
know when that's happened and to recover from it.
Also, Store Ops Manager does not have a offline mode, so you can't work
disconnected from the main RMS database and sync up later. I'm worried that
they could be in the middle of entering information, drop the wireless
connection, and lose what they've entered but haven't saved yet.
I would be very curious to know other people's experiences with using RMS on
a wireless network as a full-time implementation.
Reply to
Bill Yater
Bill, I don't use a wireless connection for my register, but I do use it for my back office manager program. For the most part it works well. As you noted RMS is very cranky about network connectivity, so I will lose the program from time to time. It always starts right back up, but can really be a pain in the ass if you don't save your work regularly. I still forget sometimes and I've been using wireless this way for as long as I've had RMS(9 years), I really irritate myself when that happens because you will lose anything you've been working on but haven't saved yet. :-( As long as they get in the habit of saving regularly, there shouldn't be a problem. Now POS is another thing entirely. Knowing what I know about wireless(since I've been using it for so long)I would never connect POS machines to the network wirelessly. The technology just isn't good enough yet for that. There's a lot to consider about other equipment in the store also. For instance, cordless phones will mess you up if you get the same frequency as your network. Craig
Reply to
Craig
"I would never connect POS machines to the network wirelessly. "
Unfortunatley, that is exactly what they want to do. Have three machines, one of which will also be the RMS database server, all of them with wireless adapters, connected to each other through a wireless router. To make things even more interesting, their connection to the Internet will be via a cellular modem plugged into the router (this is a store-on-wheels that moves from state to state for weekend sales events). In theory, this will allow them to all share an Internet connection via the cellular modem for authorizing and settling credit cards, and also for connecting via a VPN to their Headquarters server.
Needless to say, I'm really concerned about the speed, the security, and the connectivity between the machines. I can advise them all I want, but they'll make their decision and my job will be to make it work.
Any suggestions for reducing the difficulty I expect from this configuration?
Reply to
Bill Yater
"I would never connect POS machines to the network wirelessly. "
Unfortunatley, that is exactly what they want to do. Have three machines, one of which will also be the RMS database server, all of them with wireless adapters, connected to each other through a wireless router. To make things even more interesting, their connection to the Internet will be via a cellular modem plugged into the router (this is a store-on-wheels that moves from state to state for weekend sales events). In theory, this will allow them to all share an Internet connection via the cellular modem for authorizing and settling credit cards, and also for connecting via a VPN to their Headquarters server.
Needless to say, I'm really concerned about the speed, the security, and the connectivity between the machines. I can advise them all I want, but they'll make their decision and my job will be to make it work.
Any suggestions for reducing the difficulty I expect from this configuration?
-- Bill Yater Blue Horseshoe Solutions snipped-for-privacy@bhsolutions.com
Reply to
cptsoft
Bill:
Take a look at the electrical system network products from Aboundi, Inc.
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. This stuff really works!
Look at the APL1100-200 and APL1400-200 for your situation. We have these installed at several POS sites (RMS and CounterPoint) and they work flawlessly. We even have some installed in our office - I was too lazy to pull wires into some finished construction and wanted better and more secure connections than wireless offers.
The GM at Aboundi is Hong Yu ( snipped-for-privacy@aboundi.com), 603-889-8188. Use my name for reference. (My name and $3 gets you a cup of coffee). :-)
HTH
Aloha, Miles
Pacific Computer Systems Miles Baidack snipped-for-privacy@pacificcomp.biz
Supporting Business Since 1985 Phone: (808)395-8156 or (808)277-8156
Reply to
Miles B
"I would never connect POS machines to the network wirelessly. "
Unfortunatley, that is exactly what they want to do. Have three machines, one of which will also be the RMS database server, all of them with wireless adapters, connected to each other through a wireless router. To make things even more interesting, their connection to the Internet will be via a cellular modem plugged into the router (this is a store-on-wheels that moves from state to state for weekend sales events). In theory, this will allow them to all share an Internet connection via the cellular modem for authorizing and settling credit cards, and also for connecting via a VPN to their Headquarters server.
Needless to say, I'm really concerned about the speed, the security, and the connectivity between the machines. I can advise them all I want, but they'll make their decision and my job will be to make it work.
Any suggestions for reducing the difficulty I expect from this configuration?
-- Bill Yater Blue Horseshoe Solutions snipped-for-privacy@bhsolutions.com
Reply to
Craig
I agree that wireless is not a good Idea for the POS registers. I've used it for Back Office with pretty good success. I've also tedted the Aboundi \ electric line connnections and found they work well as long as you use the 200 mps devices. The Aboundi are expensive, but I've found that Cisco/ Linksys makes a comparable product for at lot less and it works great. Using the 200 mps version is the only way to go with RMS.
Paulh
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