An example with 2 client PC's, 1 PC
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Short description of milpent:
- The milpent-program runs on the "server" PC. The server PC
may run win9x/me or winNT (not tested with win2k, but should run).
A slower CPU than 166-200MHz should not be used.
TCP/IP is used by the program. The program provides a small specialized
webserver (HTTP protokol).
- The clients use a browser for displaying and entering data.
MSIE 5.0 or newer should be used on the clients (or Mozilla 0.92, Netscape 6.1). The best results are achieved with MSIE.
- If data is to be entered on the "server"-PC, a browser must be installed,
and the hardware requirements for the server should be minimum 300-400MHz CPU
and 64MByte of RAM.
- Printing:A printer should be connected to its own PC/client, so it will not
interfere with entering data. A reasonable fast laserprinter should be used
for results that are put on boards, or handed out. For the final results
an inkjet printer may be used.
Following data can be printed :
- Lists of competitors and delegation members, inkluding rankingdata etc.
- Starting lists; for cross-country also: list of numbers sorted by team, and sorted by start gate.
- Results for all events, or only current event, and either team or individual results. Results may be sorted by result or competitor number.
- Displaying data:
The TV-pages are designed for a resolution of 640x480, and up to 5 different
set of results are automatically displayed.
The clients may use an projector with VGA connector, or special grafic-cards
The TV-Out signal is connected to the television set's
SCART connector using an appropriate cable (simple thin 75-ohm coax cable).
With a video-splitter the TV signal can be split to show the same picture
on more than one television.
VGA-projectors are usually not powerfull enough for using outdoors , or
semi-outdoors. 26-30 inch TV-sets placed in shadow are usually better.
- The PC's used for entering data and showing results are usually only
connected to their own local network on location.
Caution must be taken if using milpent with clients connected
over slow modems. Milpent only serves one request at a time,
so a very slow client may delay the requests from other clients.
A better solution is to export the data (modem, floppy,..) and import this data to another milpent server running at the other location.
Users/participants do not use milpent directly,
this would give them the possibility to change results.
The results are instead exported to a real webserver on intranet/internet,
so users (and others) may check the results short after each discipline
- Exporting data to internet. Drawings and results may be exported/saved
as HTML pages ready to be placed on an internet web server (homepage).
New and updated ranking lists are exported in CSV-file format (comma separated values), this can be imported by most spreadsheets and databases.
- All data with competitors and results may be exported to a CSV-file.
- Computers are connected with either BNC ethernet (no HUB required,
max. 185 meters), or UTP/RJ45 with HUB (max. approx. 100meters depending
on the quality of cable and HUB).
Using wireless LAN is another option.
An example with 2 client PC's, 1 PC for server and entering data,
and an extra laptop for entering data.
Extra clients PC's may be added for other tasks, like printing
and additional TV-sets.