That's why I call this 'stupid old fart tricks'.
Totally spaced that the signal has to go to the router and back!
Mostly because I assumed I would use an ethernet cable to connect the two laptops so I still had that image in my head. At first I tried a regular ethernet cable (again: duh) and was excited that it worked until I realised it was going over WiFi. WiFi, however, results in incomprehensible jitter - which I expect because I don't trust these here newfangled devices all you crazy kids are playin with.
So, bopped down to the electronics store, picked up a crossover ethernet cable, and I'm trying to connect the two and...nothing.
This is why I was asking if there was a primer or basic guidance because I have no idea how to troubleshoot this nor what I need to be looking for or doing. Most of the videos I've seen have to deal with Mac or not MIDI specific (as if I want to share photos and videos).
I'm sorry, Steve.
I'd really like to get this to work, but I'm failing and I have no idea what questions to ask nor what info I can share that would help me get heading in the right direction.
Anything: phrases I can internet search, etc.