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I’ll preface this by saying that everybody on this site seems to be more tech savvy than me (yes, all 12 of you). But I’m looking for a little help.

We’re a small business. We recently transitioned to a second office (on the same property, like 150 yards away in a different building). So we’ve got two separate internet connections at each office. We use quickbooks desktop. Don’t really wanna use quickbooks online (have heard some negative reviews from people I’ve talked to about it). In the most basic terms, I need the new office’s Quickbooks to be able to access the existing office’s Quickbooks files. It would obviously be great to not break the bank here. But I’m afraid this isn’t a simple solution. Any suggestions? Please don’t roast my internet ignorance this isn’t chit chat…or do roast me, I don’t care

10/28/2021 11:33:53 AM

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Where are the Quickbook files being stored now?

A couple things come to mind offhand:

- 150 yards is close enough you could run cable/fiber and directly connect the networks in each office. Could potentially use point-to-point wireless here as well

- Use a VPN to connect the two offices

- A cloud attached storage solution (e.g. Azure Files)

- You may have some luck with OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

- Just use Quickbooks Online

10/28/2021 4:36:09 PM

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Files are stored on the primary computer in the old office currently. We back the file up periodically to an external drive. But otherwise, it’s stored on the desktop and then shared via LAN to a couple of other computers in that same office.


Shortly after I posted this I stumbled across QB specific cloud hosting solutions (Right Network is one, but there are others too). I think that’s probably the solution I’ve been looking for but was too dumb to type the right words into Google to figure it out.

10/28/2021 5:34:22 PM

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Yeah, that's probably the best choice given that it doesn't sound like you have much need for office networking beyond an internet connection. It's easy and should avoid some of the issues you can get from just copying files onto a network somewhere.

FYI, backups via external drives are usually pretty poor backups.

10/28/2021 8:13:42 PM

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