Setup a Network
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MEET MANAGER for Track & Field with the Pro Network option allows you to access a shared database from multiple computers. The Pro option includes the Network feature as well as the capability to Export Real-Time Results to a web site.
MM Pro supports the standard Windows peer-to-peer network configuration. In this type of network configuration, each computer is connected to a central device called a "hub". The shared MM Database is loaded on one of the computers so that any of the other computers can access it directly.
For example, suppose we have 4 computers connected to a hub. For the purposes of this discussion, let's name these computers A, B, C, and D and let's load the MM Database on Computer A.
The first step is to actually setup the hardware and software for your Network.
Hardware that you will need
Example of network component vendors are 3Com, Kingston, and D-Link. Internet sites that you can order from are www.buy.com and www.pcconnection.com.
So for a 4 computer system network, the hardware cost would be under $200.00.
The peer-to-peer network software is included with your Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, or XP Operating System. Please follow the appropriate instructions for setting up your particular network system as well as the software drivers included with the network card installed on each computer.
Continuing with our example, let's assume that the hard drive on Computer A is the one that is shared. On Computer A, you would start MM and click on File / Open, select your local Drive C, and select the database which is probably in c:\tfmeets6. Now the MM Log-in window appears and you select one of the nine user levels such as Administrator and click Multi-User at the bottom. When you start up MM on Computer B, click on File / Open, select the mapped drive from computer A (let's assume computer B sees computer A's hard drive as the F Drive) and open the database found in f:\tfmeets6. The Log-in screen now appears and it shows you that the Admin user is logged-on. You select a user level such as Run 1 and click Ok. Now computers A and B are accessing the SAME INFORMATION contained on the hard drive on Computer A. Do the same for computers C and D.
Please note that under the Windows peer-to-peer network configuration, devices like Printers may also be shared. In the example above, for best performance, HY-TEK recommends running the meet from Computer A and then printing Results and other information from one of the other computers in the network that is not interfacing with photo finish or scoreboard. This reduces the load on the CPU and operator on computer A.
MM with the Pro option provides a complete suite of Network Administration features. Please click Here to find out how to setup the Logon/User ID choices, optional passwords, and permission levels for your system.