With the release of PicPic Social 2.3.4 and its 100% offline capability, we’ve gotten an increased number of questions asking how the new version of PicPic Social works if you do not have internet at the venue. To answer this question, we must first explain a few concepts. We’ll try to explain these concepts in a very simplistic manner:

Wi-Fi:

Local Area Network: 

Internet: 

OK, So How Does it All Come Together?

Hopefully we now understand the concept of Wi-Fi, LAN, and Internet. With this knowledge in mind, PicPic Social DOES NOT need Internet to fully operate, but it needs a LAN, which you create with your hotspot/router.

To visualize, if you are at your home or office and your Internet service is disrupted, as long as you can create a LAN, PicPic Social will be able to send images from one device to another. Ie, If you are running a photo booth, you can run the PicPic Social Server on your photo booth computer, and if your iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi signal as the photo booth, the iPad running PicPic will download images from your photo booth PC.

How Can I Create a LAN on Location?

You can create a LAN by using the following methods:

What Features DO NOT Function When Using PicPic Social Without Internet & Why?

Facebook and Twitter do not work if you do not have Internet. Facebook & Twitter both require an active internet connection because they need to verify the username and password of your event guests. All other features of PicPic Social will continue to  function, but email and text messages will be queued until you have an active & stable internet connection.

You will know if you have images in your queue if you see this grey arrow in the top right hand corner of your PicPic Social screen:

que indicator

Conclusion

Hopefully this post was informative enough to explain how PicPic Social operates if you do not have Internet. If you have additional questions, please ask in the comments section below and we’ll respond.

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