A little background: I just set up a new BR1 Classic and installed it in an RV that we use as our “timing trailer” for autocross events. The BR1 firmware is updated to 8.0.0, build 3455.
We have a couple laptops inside the RV that connect via ethernet and those were rock solid on both Saturday and Sunday, our first event using the BR1.
Unfortunately the WiFi connected laptops weren’t quite as stable. On Saturday - when I only had them turned on to connect to the new WiFi network on the BR1 and to check for Windows updates, they would randomly lose connection to the internet… though the WiFi connection seemed to remain intact according to Windows 10’s reporting. That all went away with power cycle of the laptops and the BR1, and I walked several hundred feet away outside the RV and was still able to reliably connect to the internet. (This was from the same side as the wall on which the BR1 is mounted.)
On Sunday our Registration crew had set up on the other side of the RV, and as luck would have it they were located where our entire PA system - including wireless mic transmitters and our radio broadcast system - is located, and one of the computers had no WiFi service while the other would achieve connection, only to quickly lose internet access. When I moved the entire Registration table back about 15’ so the RF sources weren’t between the laptops and BR1, the worse of the two computers was able to connect more reliably, but still dropped internet frequently and the other didn’t improve or only improved marginally.
On Saturday I found that we had 28-30 Mbps for the ethernet connected computers based on Ookla Speedtest, while the WiFi computers were at around 8-12 Mbps.
Based on Sunday’s performance, the system isn’t usable for Registration as it stands. Would installing an external WiFi antenna be the right approach here? Alternatively would an interior Access Point integrated with the BR1 but at the front end of the RV, as far as possible from the PA system and other electronics be a better option?
Are there any known incompatibilities between the Max BR1 Classic and a recent Dell laptop? I don’t know the exact model, but we bought them probably in February or March of this year.
Edited to add: when I configured and tested the BR1 at home, I was accessing it from my MacBook Pro. Not once did it drop a connection of have any delays accessing the internet. This makes me think the Dell laptops or Windows 10 have some problem to resolve…
Thanks for any tips or insight.