I am helping out a friend who has an office that is not in a location where DSL or Cable is available. His only option for internet is using a hotspot - in this case, the Elevate Hot Spot from AT&T.
He needs to network two computers so that he can enable QuickBooks Pro in multi user mode - i.e., data file shared on Computer A, accessed by Computer B.
I thought at first that perhaps I could just setup a wireless connection for the office network - however, whenever that connection is on, then obviously neither computer can access the hotspot.
Trying to keep this at *minimal* cost.
My best idea is to old school network - i.e., connect the two computers via crossover ethernet. Am I correct that this will work? Seems to me that then both computers *should* still be able to access the hotspot via their wifi, yet also be networked for file sharing.
My questions are:
1.) Is this a correct assessment?
2.) Are there any road blocks I should be thinking about?
3.) Any reason not to do a direct connection (i.e., any reason I should entertain connecting to a switch instead?)
Thank you. Will be a few days before I actually do this - tried yesterday (unsuccessfully) to use a wireless router to network - which networked the computers but then they couldn't access the hotspot simultaneously. I'll check back in Friday once I've actually done this if I have additional questions.
Well, I am stuck. I did everything set ips, etc., , created a new workgroup, rebooted, etc...when i click on network i can see the other computer but can't access. Anytime I try to share a file, the only option is to share with a homegroup? And then I'm told that the computer can't connect to a homegroup...Any ideas????