Wifi connectivity integrity

Apologies if this is a very general question.

Specifically I’m wanting to use raspberry pis / picos in a stage show to transmit various kinds of data, eg stream video or transmit LED neo pixel data across the wifi. Presumably I would have a desktop pc set up with the network and some sort of dashboard so that the lighting / sound engineers can set cues and monitor all the devices.

My question is more about network integrity since I’m sure all of the above can be done. If I have a venue that can seat 300 people each (presumably) with a mobile phone, and the wifi boards are attached to performers moving on stage, will I run into connectivity / interference issues?

Hey James!

Regarding your question about using Raspberry Pis/Picos in a stage show for tasks like streaming video or transmitting LED NeoPixel data via WiFi, you’re right to consider network integrity, especially in a venue with a potentially large audience.

When dealing with a venue that can seat 300 people, each with a mobile phone, there’s a legitimate concern about WiFi interference and connectivity issues. This is particularly true if the WiFi boards are attached to performers who are moving around the stage, as this can create a dynamic and challenging RF environment.

Here are a few tips to help ensure reliable WiFi connectivity in such a scenario:

  1. Use a Dedicated Network: Set up a dedicated WiFi network for your show, separate from the public WiFi. This helps to avoid overcrowding and interference from other devices.
  2. Choose the Right Frequency Band: If possible, use the 5 GHz band instead of the more crowded 2.4 GHz band. The 5 GHz band typically has more channels and less interference.
  3. Position Your Access Points Strategically: Place your WiFi access points in locations where they can best cover the stage area. Avoid physical obstructions and consider the height and angle for optimal signal distribution.
  4. Check for Channel Interference: Use a WiFi analyzer tool to check for channel interference and select the least crowded channel for your network.
  5. Consider Professional Grade Equipment: For critical applications like a stage show, investing in professional-grade WiFi equipment can provide better performance and reliability than standard consumer-grade routers.
  6. Regularly Test Your Setup: Before the actual event, conduct thorough testing of your network setup under conditions that mimic the live performance as closely as possible.

Implementing these measures can significantly improve the likelihood of maintaining stable and robust WiFi connectivity for your performance. Best of luck with your stage show, and if you have any further questions or need more assistance, feel free to ask!

Cheesy regards, :cheese:

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