My browser initially overestimated the download time by two hours. Now that I’ve had more time to read, installed, and setup, here’s what I know.
The offline installer is the same as the other, except that it’s larger because it downloads everything on the front end. End result, same software.
When you set up your scanner you MUST have an Internet connection. You are no longer a customer, but a user. The device must go online through the ScanSnap Home software to register and is tied to the specific computer running the software.
I suspect the ScanSnap will not run under non-Fujitsu made software, but I could be wrong.
If you want to run the scanner anonymously you can only use it with one computer at a time. If you attempt to sign out to change computers too many times you are forced to wait out a waiting period. I do not know how long this is.
If you want to use the scanner as I want to their rules of the game force you to create an account with Fujitsu, even if you don’t plan to use their cloud storage service. You are limited to five devices.
So I have my scanner working at no extra cost. Can’t say I think much about all the hoops I had to jump through to do this. I would really prefer not to have to register myself with a company just to scan documents that contain either personal business that needs to be kept confidential or family history information that the vast majority of the world would find uninteresting.
Rant over. Thanks again for your help.