I’m no expert on the topic, but have looked into it a bit since our firm were thinking along the same lines (its probably inevitable in future…some firms are more eager than others).
Are you logging into via portal that connects you with a different PC that’s running SketchUp?
If so, you’re at the mercy of your network speed - any ‘realtime’ software such as SketchUp needs about 5ms or better latency to feel smooth.
From your perspective, let’s say you’re wanting to click your mouse to apply a material to a face:
Your mouse takes 1 or 2ms to send that signal to your computer.
Your computer then takes 5 or 10ms to transmit it through the network
The PC on the other end takes a little time to process that command (say 5ms)
Then it sends the image back to you over the network; another 5-10ms delay.
And your monitor needs to display the result; yet another 5-10ms.
All up, that signal path for a simple mouse click is something like 40ms, which is enough to make everything feel like you’re moving in slow motion. Add network traffic, dropouts, and slowdowns on the host PC (if it’s a server or cluster then it may be playing host to lots of other users competing for resources) and …you know what happens.
Any wifi signal will likely have poorer latency than wired, and also suffer intermittend dropouts whch you will percieve as sluggishness or missed keystrokes.
There are some recent streaming technologies designed for this purpose (eg Nvidia Shield?) which reduce the latency to a level which is OK for working. I began to look into some but our previous I.T. guy left so we never completed the project- It looked promising, but needs an expert to set it up (and wouldn’t be cheap). They key is that it’s up & downsteam latency (most software focuses on downstream).
An alternative is to do what you’re doing and install everything locally and then set up a robust method for syncing files back to the network location. (SU + LO wont work very well across the network, you need to download both files locally). Trimble Connect may help you with referncing/syncing and managing who checks in/checks out files. Personally and in my tema, we just use a lot of version numbers (so a model will get into many versions, eg v1, v2, v3…v55, v56, etc). It seems a bit silly until you try it.
If your company force to you carry small netbooks etc, then you’re a bit stuffed unless you can get one with a decent i7 CPU and utilise an external GPU when you need it.