- Relatively new laptops. With old donated computers, it simply becomes a
horsepower issue dealing with the latest browsers. Also there are
compatibility issues with WIFI and wireless connections. I've used a 15 year
old computer for running TV displays and it works fine; except, it takes
about 5 minutes to boot up and get running.
- Have battery and stay up during a power failure, but remember
your printers and other equipment might go down.
- Small and more portable
- More options and expandable in the future
- Bulky and require a separate keyboard and monitor
- Usable but cost
- Outdoor usage limited due to glare and heat
- At least a 15 inch display. This rules our small notebooks.
- Enough USB ports for: mouse, scanner, printer, etc. You can purchase USB
hubs to add connections.
- VGA or HDMI monitor output for connection to TV for display. Other connection
options are possible.
- We test first with Mozilla Firefox, then check compatibility with
Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome.
- Something simple and reliable.
- Ease to load paper and view status. On some printers it may be
better to print landscape rather than portrait for loading paper.
- Ease to retrieve 1/2 sheets after printed.
- Speed is not the critical issue, it's simplicity.
- Laser vs Inkjet
- The ink won't smear
- Cartridges last longer and don't dry out
- Cartridge is more expensive
- Usually have a paper tray for letter size paper and more
difficult to load and monitor
- Require more power
- Ink can smear especially when wet
- Historical usage:
- HP 1000.
- Cost around $30,
- but cartridges run almost as much a new printer. You may use a
XL cartridge a day and should always have an extra on hand.
- Easy to load paper and monitor.
- Other HP inkjets
- Some have paper loading issues with 1/2 sheets.
- Some you almost have to reach down into the printer to retrieve
a printed scoresheet (1/2 page)
- In all cases, realiability is the main factor.
- You MUST test any option for it's performance and realibility. More
than a few minutes and at the location.
- Setup and test before the day of the tournament.
- Don't assume anything. Test the exact equipment and connection.
- Local LAN or DSL
- Usually more reliable and faster
- If available, no cost (hopefully)
- Cables to computers with fewer connectivity issues
- Computers require LAN connection
- Usually not available at the courts
- Cabling to desk location
- Might be behind a router with Internet restrictions
- Local WIFI
- Distance and signal strength
- Interference between source and computer. This can be caused by
people, equipment, cars, buildings, etc.
- WIFI setup on computers
- Wireless - which provider depends on which carriers are availble at your
- Usable almost anywhere you have cell phone connections
- With the right equipment, it can provide a WIFI hotspot
- Cost; but coming down. You can buy a hotspot for under $100 and
buy usage by the day or month.
- With most providers, you may lose your connection over a long
period. You must be familiar enough to reset the connection.
- Historical Usage
- Verizon MIFI
- Generally works
- Limited range
- Sensitive to interference (people, etc)
- Virgin Mobile hotspot
- Initial setup not quite clear for a first time user.
- Worked well
- Paid by the 24 hour period ($5/24 hours and data limit).
- They do have a monthly period
- Cradlepoint routers with ATT/Verizon USB connection Flexible
- Can be used with different providers and independent of
- Can get a router that can use WIFI, LAN, or Wireless as the
internet source and then provide LAN and WIFI hotspot.
- With multiple wireless connections, it can provide automatic
fail-over More expensive
- This depends on your coverage area. 4G/4G-LTE may be faster
but if you're in a fringe area, 3G may be more realiable. Set
your hotspot to use 3G if in a fringe area to prevent 4G
searching and dropping connections.
- USB connection - work as alternate keyboard on Windows
- Code 3 or 9 capability (usually standard) - this is the barcode font
provided for the print spooler
- Autoscan capability for not having to press the trigger
- Most wands come with a setup book for configuring the functions. DON'T
LOSE THE BOOK.
- From Amazon: search for USB Barcode scanners.
- I've been happy with the ESKY handheld models.
- Not quite so happy with some CCD models. They seem to require a
larger barcode which can be adjusted via the font size in the print
- Some come with flexible stands
- Some have autoscan capability
- Cheap: around $30.
- Generally work out of the box. (note: check the exact equipment
configuration and use the latest USB keyboard drivers. We've had
some scanners work great on Windows 7 but the same scanner on "some"
Windows 8 machines not work consistently)
- At least 36 inch display
- LED for visibility outdoors.
- Even with LED, some shade for the screen to reduce glare.
- PC connection: Must match PC being used for billboard display.