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Hi everyone,I'm having a hard time setting up Studio 2019 to work over USB mobile tethering. I can work as long as I do not restart my phone; if I do (i.e. everyday), I have to reset my licence (i.e. everyday). So far the helpdesk has suggested setting a static ethernet/mac address. How do I do that? I have turned off the "Use random hardware addresses" option in the Wi-Fi settings to no avail - I'm connected via USB.Does anyone have experience working from a phone? How do you make Studio 2019 work without giving up on your privacy? Will 2021 work the same way?Thank you.
Hi Hugues Marianne
Just sharing some thoughts on the subject... I use my phone as a WiFi Hotspot when travelling, it works really well wirelessly. This may be because I don't work to a server, I just use…
Day 5. I realized I had a second option: deactivating my licence before shutting down my computer (and activating it again the next day). I had an issue however yesterday trying to deactivate from the…
Actually Studio 2021 does this slightly differently without using the MAC address so this may not be an issue in future.
Hugues Marianne said:Does anyone have experience working from a phone?
I do this whenever I'm travelling, but I don't normally turn off my phone so I have not come across this problem. But I am aware of the problem since this is a limitation of the licensing system - Safenet. The helpdesk has provided the only information they can.
Hugues Marianne said:How do you make Studio 2019 work without giving up on your privacy?
Not sure I understand this question. Can you elaborate?
Hugues Marianne said:Will 2021 work the same way?
Yes, exactly the same way. Although there other options with 2021 as there will be a mobile app available, and you can interact with your projects and translatable files over a browser as well as using Studio desktop.
Hi Paul, thank you for your quick reply.
Paul said:The helpdesk has provided the only information they can.
I found some information online on how to setup a static IPv4 address. But very few about MAC addresses - and they are quite advanced. I will keep on looking...
About privacy, the description in Windows settings for random hardware addresses is:
> "Use random hardware addresses to make it harder for people to track your location when you connect to different Wi-Fi networks."
So I guess turning this option off has its privacy drawbacks?
You said you were connected to your mobile phone? I think that advice is more related to when you connect to a public wifi network. So unless you're connecting your phone to a public wifi network and then connecting Studio to your phone (which seems like the long way around connectivity) it probably doesn't apply.
Just sharing some thoughts on the subject... I use my phone as a WiFi Hotspot when travelling, it works really well wirelessly. This may be because I don't work to a server, I just use Studio and all its required elements stored locally.
I tap the Hotspot icon on my phone then I can see it on my laptop as a link on the networks list. Interestingly, the download speed is better when I download to my laptop this way than if I download to my phone.
All the best,
Thank you Paul. You're right. As I mentioned, I'm using a USB connection.
I still have to find a way to set a static ethernet/mac address though. So I was wondering if there were any reason to be concerned about privacy when setting a static ethernet/mac address.
I am not working in an overly security-critical sector. I'm simply asking to understand the implications (hence my question on 2021 which is meant to be mobility friendly).
Thank you for your reply Alison Field. I also like the freedom of being able to work anywhere :) I use a cable connection for better security though. I also find it more reliable than Wi-Fi.
I've never even thought to use a cable connection because the WiFi hotspot works so well for me. Maybe this is because where I travel, the mobile signal is usually good.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
For info, this is what I understand I need to change (screenshot from Windows network settings):
Hugues Marianne said:I am not working in an overly security-critical sector. I'm simply asking to understand the implications (hence my question on 2021 which is meant to be mobility friendly).
It's friendly because there are more ways to work with your projects via the cloud. None of this has anything to do with your problem which is security when connecting. As soon as you connect to any network you are at risk... unless it's within a private network. So how you deal with the risks has nothing to do with Studio at all, it's all to do with how and where you are connecting.
Hello everyone, this is day 2
So as far as I understand, Trados requires a fix MAC address to work. The problem is that Android changes the MAC address at every reboot. This is called MAC randomization and is meant for improved privacy.
In fact, if you need to use Trados Studio while travelling or if you want to connect to the internet via your phone, there are two ways of having a fix MAC address: (i) never switch off your phone or (ii) manually enter a fix MAC address.
Manually setting a MAC address is called "spoofing". I have scoured a number of forum threads now, tried different things and came to the same conclusion as these guys: MAC spoofing for USB tethering is not possible.
So the only option I am left with is to reset my licence every morning.
Have you tried using your phone as a mobile hotspot wirelessly? As I said, I find it works really well and it's a little less time-consuming to tap the hotspot icon on your phone every morning than to have to reset your license.
Bon courage !
Hello again Alison Field, thank you for your suggestion. As mentioned, cable USB tethering works best on my setup and from my experience is more reliable and secure.
OK, everyone works differently
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Day 5. I realized I had a second option: deactivating my licence before shutting down my computer (and activating it again the next day). I had an issue however yesterday trying to deactivate from the Editor view: while trying to do so, I could not close Trados anymore so I had to shut down my computer entirely (I did not note the error message but I will surely not try to deactivate from the Editor view again).
Starting my new workday today, the licence was still activated and I cannot access Trados... Unfortunately, there are no agents available for the reset (I have unused licences)! Better laugh about it. And take my weekend. Cheers.
As deactivation seems to regularly stumble over this, I have noted the error message:
"Deactivation failed. Revocation is either complete or revocation proof is already uploaded."