Remote Data Sharing (RDS) is an alternative method for integrating Point of Sale with QuickBooks financial software over a local area network (LAN) using server/client applications. View Illustration
Note: VPN’s and wireless networks tend to be low bandwidth (slow) and therefore are not recommended for use with RDS. These network configurations may be unreliable for this purpose.
Advantages of RDS
Doesn’t require that QuickBooks financial software be installed on your Point of Sale Server Workstation, which may be accessible to employees.
Disadvantages of RDS
More complex to set up and use than other integration methods
Terminology can be confusing: the “server” and “client” for RDS purposes do not correlate with the Point of Sale “Server” and “Client” Workstations
During data exchanges, your QuickBooks financial software and the RDS server application must be running, and your financial company file open on the computer that has QuickBooks
Get the RDS Files and Documentation
You can download the RDS application files and the most recent documentation for RDS from the following web site. This is a free download.