Network Performance on a Wireless Network or Connection
Article ID: 2025128 Last updated: 20 November 2015
When considering installing a wireless network, or using a wireless connection, keep in mind that AccountEdge Plus (especially the Network Edition) will run at considerably slower speeds when compared to a fully wired Ethernet network or connection. Wireless networking is not included in AccountEdge's minimum system requirements and AccountEdge Plus NE performance and reliability can be considerably affected when using WiFi connections.
With AccountEdge Plus Network Edition, the use of just one wireless workstation on what is otherwise a fully Ethernet cabled network will cause speed issues for the wireless user. Additionally, the wireless workstation can act as a bottle-neck and cause other AccountEdge workstations to experience a decrease in performance.
Wireless Connections & Real World Performance
There are now many versions of wireless connectivity standards: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and the latest 802.11ac. No matter which standard your devices use, it is important to understand that a wireless connection can only run at a theoretical maximum speed and that real world speeds are usually considerably slower than theoretical maximums. Furthermore, data will only transfer between one or more devices at the speed of the slowest device's version of wireless connectivity.
At present (2015) the most common wireless connections in general use will likely be 802.11n standard, which might provide an advertised theoretical maximum speed of 450Mbps. However, real world speeds rarely reach more than 50Mbps, which is half the speed of the minimum 100BaseT Ethernet network recommended for AccountEdge products, and 20 times slower than Gigabit network cards which are sold with later Macs. Although newer AirPort Extreme Base Stations and other wireless routers have the ability to run 802.11ac with a much faster theoretical top speed, it is impossible to obtain those speeds on a network with mixed hardware, differing device distances, varying numbers of connected devices, walls, floors, celings, and other factors.
For more information about typical real world wireless speeds, please see this article by SpeedGuide.net
If you still plan to run AccountEdge Network Edition over a wireless network or connection on a permanent basis, we recommend you use an Airport Extreme Base Station with Extreme Airport network cards and have a professional from the Apple Consultant Network assist you with optimising your network.
Ensure your wireless workstations are always in range of the wireless network with a strong, solid connection. Losing your connection while using AccountEdge Network Edition can cause possible loss or corruption of data, and termination of the application.
Be sure to protect your network with the tools made available to you with the Airport and the Airport Admin Utility. Consider the following options:
- Password protect the entire wireless network. Please speak to your IT professional regarding wireless security.
- Create a closed network where a user must know the name of the network in order to connect.
- Restrict access to your wireless network by setting up a list of allowed Airport ID's in the Access tab of your Airport Admin Utility. This will allow onto your wireless network only those specific Airport ID numbers that you have set up.
- Don't use the Enable SNMP Access option on your Base Station. This will prevent remote users from administering your wireless network.
Of course, you can still configure your network to use ethernet-based (wired) infrastructure. New Macbook Pro laptops with Retina displays do not have ethernet connections, however; to connect these machines, you will need an adapter that will connect to the USB or Thunderbolt (preferred) port via Ethernet.
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