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Wednesday, July 2 • 11:30 - 12:55
Making the Most of Wi-Fi: Optimisations for Robust Wireless Live Music Performance

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Making the Most of Wi-Fi: Optimisations for Robust Wireless Live Music Performance
Thomas Mitchell, Sebastian Madgwick, Simon Rankine, Geoffrey Hilton, Adrian Freed, Andrew Nix
University of the West of England, University of Bristol, CNMAT UC Berkeley

Long Paper

Wireless technology is growing increasingly prevalent in the development of new interfaces for live music performance. However, with a number of different wireless technologies operating in the 2.4 GHz band, there is a high risk of interference and congestion, which has the potential to severely disrupt live performances. With its high transmission power, channel bandwidth and throughput, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) presents an opportunity for highly robust wireless communications. This paper presents our preliminary work optimising the components of a Wi-Fi system for live performance scenarios. We summarise the manufacture and testing of a prototype directional antenna that is designed to maximise sensitivity to a performer's signal while suppressing interference from elsewhere. We also propose a set of recommended Wi-Fi configurations to reduce latency and increase throughput. Practical investigations utilising these arrangements demonstrate a single x-OSC device achieving a latency of <3 ms and a distributed network of 15 devices achieving a net throughput of ∼4800 packets per second (∼320 per device); where each packet is a 104-byte OSC message containing 16 analogue input channels acquired by the device.


Thomas Mitchell

Software Engineer / Associate Professor, MI·MU / University of the West of England, Bristol

Andrew Nix

University of Bristol

Simon Rankine

Undergraduate Student, University of Bristol

Wednesday July 2, 2014 11:30 - 12:55 BST
New Academic Building: LG02

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