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December 7, 2013 11:35:38 AM

So my mom has a small business, and she is looking for a computer setup. She has a number of requirements.

1. Full Compatibility with her current iPhone and iPad and the computers that she would buy. (Desktop and laptop or two laptops). What computers should I look into?
2. Able to access old files and emails from current email account on old computer, to all four devices.
3. Full access of email and calendar with all devices. (If you delete an email on the iPhone, it will be deleted on the laptop.
4. It would also be nice if she could pull up files from her desktop while not on the home network from her iPad, for example.

I hope that someone can help me with this, and I am looking for help from someone who honestly knows what they are doing.
Thanks in advance.

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December 7, 2013 1:19:18 PM

This has little to nothing to do with the computer or network specifically, but everything to do with the software that you are using to make all of this synchronization work the way you want, and all of that depends on so many factors and determined by so many settings that it really is almost impossible to cover in the scope of a single forum. But there's one thing that I have to specifically point out. An iPhone and an iPad are not always replacements for a business computers, and you can't expect them to operate with or do the exact same thing as your other computers. So your item #1, full compatibility with current iPhone and iPad, well that in itself is practically impossible based on the absolute design and functionality of the devices.

However, that being said, there are compatibilities for the network of course that you can integrate. Any wireless-N capable router is going to be able to have an iPhone/iPad/any wireless-N compatible device connect to it and utilize the internet through the router. But as for the rest of your requirements, these are more based on the specific software and settings which you are currently using, of which there's such a huge range of possibilities that it is not really feasible to cover everything in a single forum. Otherwise we are going to have to get much more detailed information to be of any help in suggestions or recommendations.
December 7, 2013 2:35:56 PM

choucove said:
This has little to nothing to do with the computer or network specifically, but everything to do with the software that you are using to make all of this synchronization work the way you want, and all of that depends on so many factors and determined by so many settings that it really is almost impossible to cover in the scope of a single forum. But there's one thing that I have to specifically point out. An iPhone and an iPad are not always replacements for a business computers, and you can't expect them to operate with or do the exact same thing as your other computers. So your item #1, full compatibility with current iPhone and iPad, well that in itself is practically impossible based on the absolute design and functionality of the devices.

However, that being said, there are compatibilities for the network of course that you can integrate. Any wireless-N capable router is going to be able to have an iPhone/iPad/any wireless-N compatible device connect to it and utilize the internet through the router. But as for the rest of your requirements, these are more based on the specific software and settings which you are currently using, of which there's such a huge range of possibilities that it is not really feasible to cover everything in a single forum. Otherwise we are going to have to get much more detailed information to be of any help in suggestions or recommendations.

Sorry if I messed up with clarity,she was in the market for a Laptop and a desktop that would allow her to do all of the things I mentioned, and she wanted to know how to tie all of her information together. She wanted to buy a MacBook Air and an iMac, along with an OSX server. I told her that she would be paying for way too much by using all of the apple products. Hope you can help!

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December 7, 2013 5:30:52 PM
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I know that utilizing Apple products is going to vary depending upon where you are located for what is supported. For around where I live, it is completely retarded - to put it quite bluntly - to use any Mac computers because there's just no support. The closest Apple store is almost four hours away.

That being said, it comes down to what you are familiar with. If you are comfortable with Apple products then you are free to use them, but most small business networks may be limited with what they can do on OSX alone. Even then, the rest of the business world is heavily integrated and designed around compatibility for Microsoft, so every business I've seen running Apple computers still have to run Microsoft Windows on them. So why spend twice as much on computers when you can do the same thing, more efficiently, utilizing Windows PCs?

For a business environment, I recommend Windows computers because undoubtedly that's what the rest of the business world runs on, but it's not always for everyone and if you have specific reasons, you may wish to instead use OSX. Again, if she is already using Apple products, and she's comfortable with the use of (and the cost of) Apple computers, then there shouldn't be any reason why you couldn't use them for office work as well. Again, pretty much any network equipment is agnostic to a computer operating system: your switch isn't going to care if you are running Windows 7 or OSX or Android, etc. So compatibility there is no problem.
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