I am looking into buying a trimble license, what are the differences between the dongle license and the network license? I will be working with a Trimble R10 system, do I need a license to run it, or trimble access?
You don't need a license to run a R10 GNSS receiver however it is much easier to use Trimble Access to control it. There is a web UI that can be used to configure the R10. It can be useful for setting it up as a base, logging static data, or configuring the output NMEA strings, etc. However all these things can be done in Trimble Access. If you want to use the R10 as an RTK rover then you really need field software like Trimble Access or Survey Pro.
With Trimble field software, the license is linked to the device. It is only the Office software like Trimble Business Center or Trimble RealWorks that uses a Network license or Dongle. The dongle must be attached to the PC that is running the software. If you want to use it on another PC then you must move the dongle to that PC. With a Network license provided you are on the network (and no one else is using the license) you can access the network license. You can also have multi seat licenses so that more the one person at a time can use the license.
For more information I would recommend contacting your Trimble Distributor. If you want to try Trimble Business Center (TBC) before purchasing, you could ask the dealer for a 30 day demo license.
Ok, Thank you for the info. If the data collector has Trimble access already on it does one need to buy a Trimble access license to use it?
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