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Basically what you have and what you have done is the only way to do what you want, other than instead of a NAS a Cloud services system.
LR is a Single User, Single Machine image cataloging and Non destructive editing program. It was never meant to be a Networked type of program where one catalog is shared by multiple computers.
The architecture that you are using is perfectly fine.
Lightroom CC sync collection with Lightroom mobile, that you are not using .
So you do not have to make any changes to your settings.
Thank you both for your kind and prompt replies!
It's good that thew approach I've taken is ok.
Though it does make me wonder; what is the 'cloud' about in 'creative cloud'?
Sure I was shown a promo video showing edits in one edition immediately showing up on another edition - perhaps that was for mobile then.
(I do plan to use mobile to a certain extent, but not heavily - probably just create a collection for favourite / starred images to sync back to my phone - I don't currently keep any photos on my phone as any image I take immediately syncs back to my nas/laptops for filing, so it will be nice to have a way of keeping some of my favourite shots on my phone)
You can sync your collection with Lightroom mobile that will make previews to be uploaded on lightroom.adobe.com and then it gets synced to the mobile.
But as you said you do not want to use that, so your architecture is perfect.
Creative Cloud is just a name. Marketing and basically you don't buy CD/DVD discs anymore to install a program. You have to download it from the internet, IE The Clouds.
I tried the LR Mobile system and that can only sync with ONE install of LR, One Catalog. So I set it up to sync with my home desktop first then tried to use it with my mobile notebook and couldn't. Even if you use the same catalog on both installs of LR the catalog is given a unique identifier on each system.
I have since uninstalled LR mobile from my phone and stopped all syncing
That's interesting, thanks Just Shoot Me - it's a shame - seems they could do much more with it, especially with the proliferation of true 'cloud' based apps & services.
Still, primary role is to allow me to work on my library when I'm on the move, which it can do - mobile sync I can (and probably will by the sound of it!) live without!
Any easy way to coordinate the use of multiple computers is to put the LR catalog and your photos on an external drive and move the drive from computer to computer as needed.