D6. How Do I Get Remote Access to timeSensor® LEGAL?

There are two possibilities to access timeSensor LEGAL remotely:

  1. Direct connection to the server through VPN
  2. Indirect connection to the server through a terminal server

You can combine both methods.

Direct Connection to the Server over Internet

For security reasons, you should only connect directly to your database server through VPN (Virtual Private Network). Ask you IT administrator to set up a VPN. It will let you and your team establish a secure connection (secure traffic tunnel) to your firm's network. Once a secure connection is established, you can access timeSensor LEGAL as usual.

Speed is usually lower through a VPN connection then within your local network. It is influenced by two things:

  • latency
  • bandwidth

Latency is an expression of how much time it takes for packets of data to get from your workstation through the internet to your server. It's expressed in milliseconds and can be measured with a PING command. There are various things that can impact latency:

  • network technology (copper line, WLAN, fibreglass)
  • actual distance between locations
  • number of hops (router, switches, firewalls) between locations

Let's assume you want to find out if you're getting a sufficient work speed between your home and the firm's server. Use a PING command to measure latency to your firm's firewall.

Both Mac OSX and Windows let you do that. For Mac, open the network utility and enter your firewall's IP address in the tab "Ping". The following is a real example for a connection over a distance of 120 km, copper line at the firm and fibreglass at remote location:

For Windows, choose "Run" in the Start menu, then type in "CMD". In the terminal window, enter the IP address of the firewall. This will also give you the latency: