Difference between a standalone and a network license


What is the difference between a standalone and a network license?


A standalone license comes with a hardware security key. The software can be installed on any computer running Windows but only on the computer where the security key is inserted you can work with the software. If you want to work with the software on another computer, you just need to attach the key to this computer.

A network license comes with one hardware security key, irrespective of the numbers of users that are included in the network license. A small license server program runs on the computer where the protection key is inserted, and distributes sessions to other computers (or the same computer) in the network. If an institution has purchased a 2-user network license, the software can be used at any 2 computers at the same time in the network. As soon as a third user wants to start using the software, the license server program will refuse the license, until another computer stops using the software. For BioNumerics version 7.0 and higher, a software protection key (Softlock) is available for network licenses, replacing the hardware USB key. Contact us for more information on this feature.


Applicable for: 
Version 1.0 - 8.0