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After a few demos with borrowed iPads, I started using the app today on my new iPad (aka iPad 3) and found it to be quite stable, within reason. I used it at our church, which is held in a gymatorium. We had 2 iPads and a T112 connected to an iDR48. The only issue that occurred for me was the message “The Wifi connectivity has been restored” once most of the congregation arrived. As an IT professional in my real life, it’s clear to me that this would be related to the increasingly crowded wifi-hostile environment that arose once the punters arrived. The 200+ people and several phone/wifi hotspots certainly added another degree of crowding to the already busy 2.4Ghz band in our venue.

My personal experience leads me to think that the A&H iPad app doesn’t like a poor quality network of any sort. Neither does the iLive editor app on my laptop. Any application where latency is paramount will have issues when the network degrades. I would suggest that the key to making the iPad app work is to deploy a robust network with decent strength and latency. That means real wifi hardware, like a distributed group of Cisco APs or something in that category. D-Link, whilst nice gear, is not in that category.

There could be the potential for A&H to tweak the app to handle wifi issues better. A better error message than “The Wifi connectivity has been restored”, when technically wifi connectivity wasn’t lost but was degraded, would be a good start. More detailed log errors would be helpful too. I’m not an app coder, but anything is possible.

I should say the app was great for our purposes. Even after a short time using it, it’s already become a valuable part of our operations. We use the iPads primarily for monitor mixing, but occasionally for FOH duties. As we always setup out T112, that’s our primary method of control. If you want the most reliable control solution, get a surface and some decent cat5. That’s why A&H sell them.

However, as we can’t afford Cisco any time soon, I’ll be configuring our cheaper router to the less-crowded 5ghz band and adding some high gain antennas.