Server is the only option.
I would ask for the manager to explain the decision and do my best to overcome every objection.
Server is worth its weight in gold IMHO
Thank you for your post!
Without FileMaker Server, you will only be able to have the 5 connections with a FileMaker Pro host as you mentioned. An option instead of purchasing 10 FileMaker Pro 15 clients might be to purchase a single FileMaker Server 15 with 10 User Connections under Licensing for Teams. You would have access with FileMaker Pro (for User Connections), Go, and WebDirect without buying individual FileMaker Pro Products. You might see FileMaker Store: FileMaker Licensing for Teams.
Another point you may want to bring up is security. We recommend FileMaker Server for security reasons such as Data Encryption, Monitoring and Administration, and employing the security across all clients. You might see FileMaker 15 Security Guide: Best Practices for Configuring Security Options and Configuring security for FileMaker Server 15 and higher
I hope this helps!
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The only way that you can get peer to peer to work for more than 5 users is to never have more than 5 users logged in at the same time. Thus, if you don't need all 10 logged in all the time at the same time, you might just barely get away with peer to peer.