New Beta feature: working on the event from multiple PCs

Dec 13 2020

You can see it marked as Beta in new version 9: providing the address of a 'Master' PC, you can open a copy of the event file currently edited remotely.

The file will be locally considered as read-only, meaning it won't ask you to save changes though you're free to do some.

Data update on demand for now, so you remain in control of what you're doing. A simple click on the new data notification.

 

Quick showcase of the new UI elements:

access from the startup screen

status bar in action

and fast retrieval in the recent file list

A first use case: making printouts from a secondary station

In most cases, you're simply enjoying the software robustness and you're not afraid to manage all printouts from the same Wiclax instance, which is handling acquisitions and Live streaming at the same time. Print previews and printout are highly optimized so everything can be operated smoothly.

Different conditions can occur on some more official events, like championships. Short races are starting quickly one after the other, and there are tight rules to follow for the output formats.

In this case you're also more likely to operate as a team, hence it will be good that someone is dedicated to the printout while someone else can stay strictly focused on the race management itself. This is what the new feature is already making possible.

With one appreciable bonus: any print option that you'll change from the slave PC will be synced back to the master Wiclax, so no worry that they get lost with the next file refresh.

Coming next

The feature as it is will also be suitable for some data export scenarios that don't require a live emission.

For Live streaming or smartphone notification sending purposes however, the architecture is not ready yet. But we'll work on it soon, hoping we can extend all this with the same simplicity.

How to set up your local network for a good use of Wiclax?

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Mar 14 2018

At a timing location, we usually have to build a local network.

This network has many purposes:

  • access Internet from our main laptop.
  • access our boxes or decoders from our main laptop.
  • give access to the G-Live seated on our main laptop.

One pitfall to avoid is using 2 different lan on the main laptop as it would confuse the G-Live.

The good practice to achieve that is using a 3G/4G Gateway connected to your local network so every devices can connect to a central hub and get Internet Access. Every device is working with the same network address range like 192.168.1.x e.g..

 

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For our own timing we use this 4G Gateway from D-link. But it is not the only device that can do the job.
The good points about this one:

  •  There are 4 lan ports so you can connect your laptop directly and the RFID hardware with ethernet cables.
  •  You can insert a sim card to get an internet connexion for your network.
  •  It has also a wifi access point so you can connect a tablet for the commentator to display G-Live.

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