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Comment configurer son réseau local pour une bonne utilisation de Wiclax ?

Sur le site de chronométrage, il est généralement utile de mettre en œuvre un réseau local.

Ce réseau a plusieurs objectifs :

  • accéder à Internet depuis le PC principal.
  • communiquer avec le matériel RFID.
  • donner accès au G-Live qui est hébergé sur le PC principal.

Un des écueils à éviter est d'utiliser 2 réseaux différents sur le PC principal (le wifi et le filaire), parce que l'accès au g-live est dépendant de l'IP locale du PC principal.

Le bon usage est donc d'utiliser une passerelle 3G/4G connecté au réseau local, de sorte que tous les matériels se connecte à un même switch et accèdent à Internet. Chaque matériel fonctionne dans la même plage d'adresse IP (192.168.1.x, par exemple).

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Sur nos propres chronométrages, nous utilisons cette passerelle 4G de d-link. Mais ce n'est pas le seul matériel qui peut répondre au besoin.

L'intérêt de ce modèle est multiple :

  • Il offre 4 ports ethernet permettant de connecter directement le PC principal et le matériel RFID avec des câbles réseau.
  • On peut insérer une carte SIM pour obtenir une connexion Internet pour la totalité du réseau.
  • Il propose un point d'accès wifi pour connecter par exemple la tablette de l'animateur et afficher le G-Live.

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

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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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Coming soon

Starting to give a flavour of the new features already implemented, but not yet in a public release. So that you can wait for them, and give us a feedback in between.

Focusing this one today: if you are a user of Australian RFID Timing systems as we do, you will soon enjoy this new layout for your acquisitions. Not taking more place, the row will show up with the device's battery level, the visualization of the active antennas, the readers current mode, the power of each reader and the reading ON/OFF status.

Here's the picture:

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Filtering chip readings

Classic race week-end: you're having to deal with multiple races spread across Saturday and Sunday. Each of them holds its own bib number range, but eventually you discover lately that the organizer made two of them overlap.

You want to avoid any perturbation in a simple way. For example some runners hanging around your mats/antennas with their bib for next day's race. Or other kinds of interference like clothing chips holding a plausible id (note: this is a good reason among others that makes filtering also useful in a single race configuration).

At the same time you want to make your chips encoding as easy as possible. Though the software can deal with chip-bib correspondence tables, it's always a waste of time to feed them and a non-necessary source of errors.

Here's what you'll use: chip filters in the software and a prefixing of your chip ids at encoding.

Chip encoding policy

Your chip ids will be made of 2 parts:

  • a unique number identifying the race - for example 0147. This number will be simply incremented after each race
  • the actual bib number

Giving for example this chip id for bib #4356:   01470004356

Chip filters in Wiclax

Open the acquisitions form, and look for the interference filter panel in the status bar:

Check the Filter active option. Enter the prefix that will identify the only chips you want to see read, and the number of trailing digits that will compose the actual bib number. In our sample case: 0147 is the prefix and 7 is the number of digits to care about.

Close the panel. The status bar now indicates that there's a filter active:

And that's it!

In case you're in doubt after that, seeing a chip discarded and wondering why, remember you can check the acquisition log. All filtered readings land there:

 

How to set up an acquisition in few clicks

In 2016, we can't think of timing an event in a manual way. So we have to make our favorite hardware talk to Wiclax.
This is possible in a very simple way. Wiclax can interface with many systems on the market and the list is not closed.

Below is a quick video to show you how it can be done. It does not show all the possibilities as your timing configuration can be much more complex, with multiple readers/decoders or loops that can be either local or distant, and with multiple passings on some of them, etc... But it does make a short introduction.