If you are in a situation where database server is not listed in "Server" box on a client PC, you may need to use IP address to connect to the server.
Before you try this, please make sure below steps and prerequisites are set.
1. Make sure computers are on the same local network
Prerequisite is to have computers (PCs) on the same local network (WiFi or LAN cable, shouldn't matter).
You can confirm if the PCs are "visible" to each other by trying to share some files between PCs. If you can share the files, that means PCs are "visible" to each other, and client PC should be able to connect to the server (the one where database is installed).
2. Confirm Aronium is working on server PC
One thing you need to confirm is that Aronium is working as expected on a PC where database is installed (server PC). This will confirm that database is installed correctly and working as expected.
3. Use IP address instead of server name
In many cases, if two PCs are on the same network, but server cannot be discovered, the problem is that database server cannot be found on the network by computer name. Instead, we need to connect directly, using local IP address.
- On server PC, find local IP address as described at this YouTube video
- Remember that IP address or write it down
- Go to the client PC, and in "Server" box write the following:
<SERVER_IP_ADDRESS>\ARONIUMReplace this "<SERVER_IP_ADDRESS>" part with IP address you found in step #1.
For example, if your IP address was 192.168.0.1, server field should contain the following:
- Click "Refresh" button after "Database" box and see if Aronium was able to connect to the server and retrieve the list of databases
- If no error is displayed and list of databases is populated, select your database and continue with the setup
Finally, connection screens with IP address should look similar to the one below.
Having IP address instead of computer name can solve the problem and, hopefully, you will be able to connect using server's local IP address.