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Posted on 2011-09-09
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I'm researching providing a workshop held at meeting rooms (Regus) in different cities.

My delegates will bring their own laptops (with WiFi). They will need to connect with the SQL Server 2008 R2 running on my laptop. There could be up to 20 delegates.

What would be the best way to set this up?

(Probably irrelevant for my purpose but FYI Regus provide WiFi connectivity - for internet access).

Thanks.
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If you're all connected to the same network in theory you should just be able to provide your computer name and have them all connect.

As a backup plan though I would recommend getting your own wireless router.  It wouldn't have internet access (unless they provided a lan connection) but then you could all connect to that.  This way you're on your own private network and by-pass any firewalls or restrictions that might come up.  (Would also be good if you're presenting and their network goes down).
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ged325,

Thanks. My only experience with setting up a router is my home network. I just plugged it in and it worked. Never read the manual :(
Is there a good place I can start learning ? just for this purpose, that is?
Can you recommend a router? (I'm in the UK but planning on taking this show to other major cities worldwide)
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I should add - I would need to know a lot more than 'a bit' in case it falls down on the day!
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I like the belkin N routers.

Best place to start would be to read up on generic networking.  

If you had a second computer you could test connecting from one to the other which is also a good way to learn.
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