There is a way to link two Internet Connected Computers and run RV Park Software on a
Local computer using the Remote computer’s RV Park Database. This may be of value
to a Park Owner or Manager that needs to monitor a Park’s activities when they are not
on site. I once had a Customer that owned a Park in one State and lived in another and
wanted to access the Park’s records interactively. I recommended they use LogMeIn’s
® Free service to remotely access the Park’s Computer and run it remotely just like he
was sitting in front of the computer. This approach does provide access, but the Park
cannot use the computer while the Owner is working and the Park personnel can watch
everything the Owner is doing. Therefore, this wasn’t what he wanted. He wanted to
use his Local computer and work off of the Remote (Park’s) database. Besides, he
didn’t want to pay for another license and if he could link to the licensed computer
through the Internet, he could avoid buying a second license and the hassle of keeping
the two computer’s databases in sync. One word of caution, I don’t know how stable this
approach is, there is always a possibility that something could happen and your
database could be affected. With that in mind, you may want to back-up your database
prior to playing with this.
There is a fairly simple way to link to RV Park over the internet using another LogMeIn ®
Free Tool. This will allow up to 5 computers or Clients to be in the Network you are
going to create. The tool is called LogMeIn Hamachi ® and can be found here: https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/default.aspx
Steps to create the VPN over the Internet Connections is briefly (you may need
additional research and/or help from an IT person):
4) Set up the Network with Your
Network Name and a Password,
once the tool is
setup on Both Computers within the same network you can get the IP Address
from the Computer that has the database and set up a network drive to path
directly to the Database. The first computer setup will create/define the Network
and the second will simply Join the Network. The Hosting computer *with the
database) should be setup first.
5) Create a Network Drive in Windows Explorer Tools/Map Network Drive option by
entering the Hamachi IP address as shown below and then press the Browse
You will need to enter 2 backslashes before the IP address and one after, then locate
the Directory you have shared out (usually in the Root C directory called RVPark). NOTE: Windows usually installs programs in the Program Files or Program Files
(x86) folder. If you are going to run multiple computers, it is recommended you
install the program in a C:\RVPark Directory. In this example, "W:\" will be the
database path for the Local computer in step 6, but "\\22.214.171.124\C\RVPark"
would have also worked fine.
6) Change your settings in your Local RV Park Information Panel to point to the
Network Drive you established and Save the changes. The next time you launch
it you should be on the Remote Computer’s database.
7) LogMeIn Hamachi tool should always running on both computers, which can you
will see in the current items of the Task Bar, usually in the lower right hand corner
of your screen.
You can also use the connection to move a copy of Park.MDB over to your Local
Computer’s RV Park Database Directory to keep it current locally and not risk any issues
using the database over an Internet connection. Once Hamachi is setup, it will
automatically launch and connect whenever the computer(s) are booted up (both
computers must be running on an internet connection for this to work).
There is a lot of the details left out of this overview, if you are not familiar with these
concepts, please seek professional assistance.