Remote Access of Roll Call

So you are accessing Roll Call within your church's LAN and it's going great. Now you want to access Roll Call from a remote location. Can it be done? The answer is YES and there are several options available. Each option has it's pros and cons, so consider what your goals are and give them a try.

Remote Desktop Software

The cheapest and easiest way to access Roll Call remotely is by using remote desktop software, such as Logmein or GoTomyPC.  This technology allows you to access the desktop of one computer (remote computer) by using a browser from another computer (local computer).  Once the connection is made, it is like you are sitting in fromt of the remote computer.  You can run Roll Call just like you do at the office.  Here are some instructions on setting up this option.

Pros:

  • Fast and easy to install
  • Secure communications 

Cons:

  • Must have a computer to connect to
  • Only one person can work on a computer at a time

Virtual Private Network

This option creates a VPN between the LAN at the church and the remote computer. This can be accomplished via hardware or software. There are several ways to set up a VPN and any of these are acceptable. we recommend using LogMeIn's Hamachi product. See the white paper on virtual private network, for instructions on setting up this option.

Pros:

  • Secure communications
  • Slightly less setup than "Internet Access via Port Forwarding"

Cons:

  • More moving parts to troubleshoot if problems arise

Internet Access via Port Forwarding

This option allows you to access Roll Call via Roll Call Client from any machine over the internet by obtaining a fixed or dynamic IP address and forwarding communications that come into your network to the machine where Roll Call Server is running. See the white paper on port forwarding, for instructions on setting up this option.

Pros:

  • Low cost (Fee typically incurred for ​fixed IP address from your ISP)
  • Internal network is secure
  • Fewer moving parts means more reliability

Cons:

  • Technical setup (Fixed IP address, port forwarding required)
  • Communications aren't encrypted by default
  • Performance can vary depending on your internet speed

 

Roll Call on the Cloud

Don't want to worry about managing your Roll Call Server? Don't want to buy and maintain the hardware? Don't want to worry about backups? Don't want to deal with upgrades and patches? Want to access Roll Call from anywhere? We can host your Roll Call Server on the cloud.

Pros:

  • You don't have to manage your Roll Call Server - we do it.
  • Access anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Easier setup of other add-on products (Roll Call Connect, Mobile CheckIn)

Cons:

  • Internet connection must be available or you can't access Roll Call.
  • Performance can vary depending on your internet speed
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