Licensing: Portable (USB Key)
Portable licensing is recommended for individual users or users who wish to share licenses on non-networked machines such as notebook computers.
The license agreement for a portable license allows the software to be installed on any number of user's machines but the use of the software is protected with a USB dongle. Also, a single user wishing to use SIMetrix or SIMetrix/SIMPLIS on multiple non-networked machines will require this type of license.
Important - Portable licenses only enable SIMetrix/SIMPLIS to be run on the primary display on a local machine. You cannot use SIMetrix/SIMPLIS from a remote terminal using Windows Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. If you wish to use this type of configuration, you must purchase a network license.
Licensing: Network (LAN or WAN)
Network licensing is recommended if SIMetrix or SIMetrix/SIMPLIS is to be shared by more than one network connected user. The license agreement for network licenses allows the product to be installed on any number of users' machines but access to the software is controlled by a license manager which we supply. The license manager (FLEXnet publisher from Flexera Software) must be installed on a single server machine on your network. The license manager runs all the time and controls how many users can run the program simultaneously. So, when a user starts up SIMetrix or SIMetrix/SIMPLIS, the license manager is interrogated to see if there are available licenses. If there are, the program is allowed to run normally. If there are not - because there are others already using the program - the user will not have access to the full functionality of the product.
LAN (Local Area Network) licenses are intended for use within a limited radius of 400km/248mi.
WAN (Wide Area Network) licenses have no geographic restriction and may be used by users located anywhere in the world.
Per the EULA, serving a mix of LAN seats and WAN seats from the same license manager service is not permitted.