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I have been using DerbyWeb for some time now at the Awana races that I run for local churches.  Being able to use a tablet computer for registration, staging and the standings has been very helpful. Unfortunately, my WiFi setup had not been able to handle very many users without connection issues arising. I had been using a consumer grade WiFi router that was just not up to the task.  So, I decided to try a more enterprise grade setup.  I was really impressed with Ubiquiti network routers, switches and access points when I redid our home-business network, so I wanted to give that gear a try in this application.  Ubiquiti has quality enterprises level gear, without an enterprise level price.  There is a great collection of YouTube videos available to help get it all setup, along with a helpful user community.

Note: We are not in anyway affiliated with Ubiquiti or its dealers.  We did not receive any compensation for our article nor any discount on the gear.

NOTE:  This article was written awhile back.  Available hardware has changed.  If I was to redo this network here in 2023, I would use a Ubiquiti Dream Router unit.  It combines a router, WiFi unit and a network switch, as well as built-in controller software to help configure and control the network.  For small to medium races, this would be a suitable and fairly easy to implement setup.  For larger races, you may need a router with some more CPU power, to handle a large number of users connecting to the network, and possibly multiple WiFi access points to provide suitable coverage.

If you run multiple races a season, setting up a mobile computer cart can really be handy. Saves time with setup and tear down and is handy for providing power to all of the electronics and storage for some of the race gear.