The basic principle of arena laser tag is that all the game kits are connected by radio to such operational center as computer or laptop. It provides game stats reading, data exchange between game devices and the game control. However, laser tag arena owners are faced very often with problems inherent to weak signal, low speed of data transmission, dead zones in the far areas of the arena where the signal does not reach. These factors reduce the game dynamics, create a maze of inconvenience, lead to installation of retransmitters and make the whole system more complicated.
How to avoid it?
Choosing the type of communication to use in LASERTAG.NET system, we opt for Wi-Fi technology. It is justified to an adequate degree, so let’s consider the reasons.
RELIABLE SIGNAL AND LARGE COVERAGE AREA
Wi-Fi connection is capable to provide reliable signal of communication and high-speed data transmission over large distances. Each LASERTAG.NET game kit and extra equipment unit is fitted out with Wi-Fi module enabling communication via Wi-Fi router with operational center and between all elements of the system.
There are household and industrial routers differing significantly in characteristics and applications. We equip our arena system with industrial Wi-Fi routers whose power provides high-quality signal in indoor spaces comparable in size to a soccer field. In contrast to other technologies, such router eliminates the need for additional signal amplifiers and retransmitters.
One router is capable of providing high-quality and reliable signal at every point of labyrinth with area of about 500 square meters. Communication between operational center and game equipment without additional signal transmitters, using nothing but the router, makes arena system more reliable, easier and more convenient to operate.
In addition, such routers are available in any electronic store. This means that if any technical problem occurs, you can carry out the replacement promptly. Such easy replaceability of any element increases overall reliability of the system in its entirety.
SIMULTANEOUS OPERATION OF MANY DEVICES
An important property of Wi-Fi technology is the ability to connect simultaneously, a large number of devices. We can read game stats and control all available kits in synch. It is very convenient for the administrator, staff and players themselves.
Game kit or extra devices are automatically connected to operational center and available for the administrator immediately after activation. Due to data high-speed transmission, all commands are sent in seconds flat. This important feature allows displaying game stats and controlling the game on a real-time basis.
INTERFERENCE PROTECTION AND MULTIPLE CHANNELS
Laser tag arenas are often located in shopping or entertainment centers. Scores of people involve active use of radio signals with different frequencies. This is due to mobile phones, automobile smart keys, alarm systems or independent Wi-Fi routers. Two more W-Fi features play an important role here. These are interference protection and multiple channels.
Due to interference protection, your signal is not suppressed and weakened by interferences from various devices.
A little bit more about multiple channels.
You can select 1 of the 14 channels to create Wi-Fi network. This allows you to avoid interferences in a situation where there are several W-Fi networks in one building.
The router can select the best connection channel in automatic mode, but if there is no such a function, you can easily do it manually. Using Wi-Fi Analyzer program, determine the least loaded channel and select it in router configurations. The figure shows that channel 14 is not used, so it can be reserved by your network.
All problems which have already become a day-to-day nuisance for many laser tag arenas are avoided by the use of professionally configured and balanced system based on Wi-Fi connection.
LASERTAG.NET Arena is a synthesis of many years’ experience and modern developments in the field of laser tag equipment. Undoubtedly, Wi-Fi technology implementation is a new step in arena laser tag development and shaping factor of the future trends.
Right now, you can contribute to the future by becoming LASERTAG.NET family member!