Outdoor wireless network running offline server

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So i am in the planning stages of a project that will be on the way in the next few months and part of it is to build a wireless network with a offline server. There will be multi check points in this RPG event where players need to check in at the end of a quest at a wireless checkpoint to add their stats into the system and continue on to the next quest.

So here are the puzzle pieces

- An estimated 500m x 600m area
- Assumed 4-5 check points
- each check point needs to connect to a wireless server that hosts the scoring system built in php/mysql
- power can possibly be a issue, generators have been suggested. Car batteries at each checkpoint is a thrown out there idea.
- assumed router with AMP'd aerials connected to a server.
- laptops at each check point with power source.


what i am looking for is idea's on how to make this run through out the day as the area may not have a cable power source and due to kids running around for the event someone could trip so trying to keep things are wireless as possible.

if anyone has some input to this, would be much appreciated as running generators at each check point could be costly and not sure if solar power is worth the risk as it could not work if not enough sun or rays absorbed. Car batteries connected to a power board could be possible as well if it can hold enough charge.

So yea, any idea's anyone. lol

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what about a laptop with a apache server in it? that would deal with the server and power issue?

the bigger question is this a temp solution or a stationary solution?
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demonmaestro wrote:
what about a laptop with a apache server in it? that would deal with the server and power issue?

the bigger question is this a temp solution or a stationary solution?


That was the plan, only score data is being transmitted and so should not be much of a load that a dual core laptop should handle easy. Generators have been suggested for power source, just spoke to a sparkie about it. Now just wireless field and building the app is left really.

This is only for the day's event. Will be setup each day the event is run so gotta make it stupid proof. lol
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does it have to transmit the data to a central server?
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demonmaestro wrote:
does it have to transmit the data to a central server?


Well it kinda does as player data will be entered and then they will start with an ID, once they finish a quest they will check in at a checkpoint and add their quest score from the gun into the system by staff and then submit it to the database for holding. At the end of the course there will be data from each quest like kills deaths and accuracy and then the AVG calculated of the end of the entire thing to have something to take home. Their Score Card so either way there is going to be a host server involved. Which is just going to be a XAMPP setup running on a network as they is simple to use. Then at the end of the day, i will make a toolbox to dump the days work and clean up the DB back to default for the next day. Trying not to complex things really but as long as there is data records that can be used should work fine. But no one else in the same field is doing this and it is a requested feature from fans and other company's have promised a score system but no one has come through and so this could be a nice first version and then upgrade everything after the new hardware is built where you can shoot a laser box and transfer the data to the box and insert into the db. Which is possible but a lot of work.

Right now i want to brain storm it with Ozzu elites on faults with the plan and things to look out for.

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