Wireless Usage

Since this is an internet based system, there are many questions regarding performance and costs over wireless connections. Here are hopefully some answers to the common questions:

Q) How is the performance over a wireless connection such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc...?

A) There is no definite answer to this. Every location is different based on the service and location of local towers. You must do your own tests to verify performance.  This system was developed as a light weight service with minimal graphics and overhead. We've actually been critized for this but when you're busy checking players in or entering results, you want performance, not glitz. The realtime court displays have added to this, if used.

Q) Do I need a wireless connection for every computer?

A) Every computer must have a web connection, BUT, there are options available such as Verizon's MIFI , Cradlepoint routers that allow you to share a single wireless connection, smart phones that provide a hotspot, and more. Now, just as there are pay-as-you-go phones, there are pay-as-you-go internet hot spots. You can buy a WIFI hotspot for under $100 with 'x' amount of data and no monthly contract. If you need more data, you pay for it, but again no monthly contract.

Q) Are the computers restricted to their functions?

A) No. Any computer can be used for check-in or even desk management. If you have two computers, both can be used for check-in during the busy early rush and when matches complete, one can be used for result entry. If there is a rush in matches completing, both computers can be used to enter results. The printer is connected to only the computer with the print spooler and prints results and new sheets from all computers at the venue, not just the computer it is connected to. Results are entered on the web; the spooler program runs behind the scenes on the one computer checking for new results and prints the information posted regardless of it's source.

Q) How much is the data usage?

A) Tournament Info below:

At the 2012 4 day Grand Canyon State Games, here's the daily data usage (this was four computers using a single wireless connection for check-in and event desk operations):

Day Events #Teams #Matches Data Usage (MB)
1 MD & WD (by age) 109 182 68
2 MXD (by age) 67 121 51
3 MD & WD (by skill) 153 286 114
4 MXD (by skill) 103 196 37

From 2014 Happy Trails Classic (check-in, event desk, court desk, 2 displays, plus support computer:

Day Events #Teams #Matches Data Usage (MB)
1 WD 49 86 194*
2 MXD 3.5,4.0
43 78 126
3 MXD 3.0,4.5,5.0
39 70 92
4 MD 3.0,4.5,5.0) 28 50 117
5 MD 3,5,4,0
37
66
84
(*) installed some software upgrades on this day

From 2014 Grand Canyon State Games (2-check-in, 1-event desk, 1-court desk, 2 displays driven by 1 computer:

Day Events #Teams #Matches Data Usage (MB)
1 MD & WD Age
105
182
803.5*
2 MXD Age
71
128 148
3 WD Skill
59
108 293*
4 MD Skill
92
174 147
5 MXD Skill
101
192
98
(*) installed some software upgrades on this day

A) At the 2013 Happy Trails Classic, with four laptops (event desk, court desk, 2 check-in desks), plus a computer handling the tournament display, the average daily usage was 400MB. This is expected since the tournament display is constanting updating  about every 30 seconds during the day with the current court assignments and information. This refresh rate can be controlled by you. This is not a required feature. The new court desk also refreshes every minute, this can also be controlled.

A) At the recent 2013 Grand Canyon State Games, with four computers (check-in, event desk, court desk, and court display), the four days used less than 400MB of data. This included printing charts for the next day. We did slow down the refresh time on the court display to about 60 seconds, but included the court waiting list.

Q) Were there any problems with the wireless connection?

A) Everyday we had a few wireless drop-outs and the router automatically re-established the connection. This resulted in about a 30 second delay but no lost information. Even for the event desk printing new scoresheets, if we patiently waited the information would be updated and new score sheets printed. We carefully verified that every result entered produced a posting sheet and the correct new scoresheets. Nothing was lost.