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             Networking with The Jewelry Shopkeeper:


The standard version of the Jewelry Shopkeeper is designed for use with

a single computer. At some point you may want to update to the Network

Version so you can use the program on two or more computers connected

directly with Network cables within the same building.


For example you may want one computer as a point-of-sale station in the

store front, and another in an office in the back for inventory

processing and management and accounting functions. Alternatively, a

store may require two people to be entering sales and repairs at point-

of-sale computers, another person to be receiving inventory and printing

tags, and simultaneously have yet another person printing sales and

inventory reports. With the purchase of the Network Update, the Jewelry

Shopkeeper has this capability.


The Jewelry Shopkeeper Network Update will convert all files from the

Single-User version to the Network Version, but using the Network

version is exactly the same as using the Single-User version so there is

no re-learning. The price of the 1-5 user Network Update version is

$600.00. To upgrade from a 1-5 version to a 10-user Network Update, the

price is $300.00. (Prices valid through Dec 2007.)


If your copy of the Jewelry Shopkeeper is old, you might want to order a

current version update in addition to a Network Update as the Network

Update price does not include version updates.



                Technical Considerations:


Point-of-sale workstations or other Network stations are actual

computers, not dumb terminals or just keyboards and screens. The speed

of each station is dependent on how fast that station is itself and how

fast the main computer is so each computer should be an up-to-date



Provided that your Network is properly configured and fully operational,

the Jewelry Shopkeeper Network Update can be installed on your Network

by simply purchasing the Network Update and typing D:UPDATE with the

update CD in the D: drive. Note, however, that installing and

configuring a Network can be tricky and generally requires the services

of a Network technician.


A properly configured Network is comprised of two or more computers each

with an ethernet Network adapter connected Category-6 (AKA Cat-6 or

Gigabit) cabling. Normally you need a "Switching Hub" to join the

cables although if you have just two computers you can connect them

directly with a "Crossover Cable" which looks identical to a normal

Cat-6 cable but has the wires crossed internally.


** Note: If possible install a gigabit speed network which is 1000Mbps.

This requires slightly more expensive cable and components but it's

so much easier to start with than to overhaul the network later.

This is clearly faster than the older 100Mbps standard and the difference

will become more apparent in coming years as computers get faster and

software becomes bigger.


Wireless networks are discouraged except for those computers which

temporarily cannot be connected with real network cables. You can

have most of your computers on a cable and perhaps just one or two

using the wireless segment. Only consider the faster 54Mbps or 125Mbps

type. They are discouraged because a database program like Shopkeeper

will be susceptible to the slowdowns and interference that a wireless

network experiences.


One of the computers is designated as the "Fileserver" -- this is the

computer where the Jewelry Shopkeeper programs and data are stored. The

other computers are called "Workstations". If the fileserver is configured

to run sharing tasks and run the Jewelry Shopkeeper or other software it

is called a Non-Dedicated Server. The best Network speed and reliability

is obtained if you do not use the Fileserver to run any software -- i.e

you designate a Dedicated Fileserver - This would be recommended if you

have five or more stations.


If you do NOT have a "dedicated server" it is helpful if you designate

the least used computer as the server.


Windows network features must be configured on the fileserver and the

workstations. Windows XP-Pro is sufficient for almost all cases.

For a Network of 12 or more stations you might ask your tech if you need

a special 'Server' version of windows.


While we do have some suggestions, Compulink does not offer support for

configuring Network cabling or network operating system software.