A remote or wide area network (WAN) is a computer network in which remote locations are connected. The distance can range from a connection across a city street to a location across town or across state/province borders.
Running NOAH System Network on remote or wide area networks can cause problems. The following addresses some common queries and outlines HIMSA's position with respect to wide area networks.
Q.1: Can NOAH System be run over a remote or WAN network?
NOAH System 3 is not designed or tested to run on a Remote/WAN network. Support is NOT offered for such setups.
NOAH System 3 is designed and tested to run on a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet network connection. Running NOAH System 3 on a network connection less than 10/100 BaseT may result in a system that is unstable and unreliable.
HIMSA realizes that some NOAH users are interested in using WAN functionality. HIMSA will investigate NOAH System in a WAN setup in a future version of NOAH.
Q.2: I connected my 3 offices in the same city with a wide area network. I purchased a 7+ user package for NOAH 3. However, NOAH System 3 is not running well on a consistent basis. What is happening?
i. This should not be attempted for technical reasons. See Q. 1.
ii. Some licensing issues apply:
(The end user license agreement can be found in your NOAH System 3 product box.)
The end user license agreement essentially states:
'A NOAH license permits you to copy the software onto a specified number of computers owned by the same end user at a single location, where “location” is defined as a unique mailing address. The maximum number of concurrent users of the software may not exceed the number of users specified by the software package purchased. If you wish to run the software on computers at more than one location, you must purchase a separate software package for each location.'
If you have 3 locations using NOAH 3 you are required to own a NOAH 3 package for each office. Buying a NOAH 3 license to be shared between several different offices is not permitted.
Q.3: Can I set up the import/export utilities to run automatically everyday?
No. The only way to import and export data is to initiate the process manually.