Raising the Wi-Fi Curtain for Assasin’s Creed III

The LA Theatre was one of the most interesting venues that I have worked in.This historic theatre happens to be the last and most extravagant of the ornate movie palaces, built on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, between 1911 and 1931. Designed by S. Charles Lee with a French Baroque-inspired décor, its majestic six-story main lobby and 2,000 seat auditorium of carved plaster ornamentation, mirrors, and cove-lit murals recall the glamorous days of 1930s Hollywood.

This said it does not make it an easy venue for a keynote where the client needs a wireless Internet connection for up to 2,000 delegates and they are broadcasting the keynote live on the web.

We had to have a 300.0Mbps line installed into the venue and the only way of doing this was with a line of sight, this was installed at the back of the theatre which meant I had to run lines all over the building.

We installed 12 x Xirrus wireless Arrays to manage the Wi-Fi and had up to 1200 unique devices attached at any one time.

I am pleased to say that the event was a huge success and the client, Ubisoft was very happy, they were showing off their latest titles including Assassin Creed 3 and the new Rayman game for the soon to be released Wii U hand held games console. Check out the keynote here

“huge thanks for all the help getting this show up and running, Ian and team were fantastic. The client was thrilled and we found out today they were voted “Best Press Conference of E3” on Gametrailers, one of the big industry gamer news sites. That was in addition to a ton of other rave reviews, blog posts etc…” -Project Director.

Next Stop – San Francisco!

Ian Rutland

Senior Director

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6 Top Questions to ask a venue

When booking a venue for your event there are a whole host of services that will need exploring, the IT provision being one of them.
Through many years of experience we know that every venue is unique in its offerings and capabilities.

Discovering which Technical services are provided by the venue and which ones you may need to source externally can be a time consuming process, so we put together this handy guide to get you started:

1. How much bandwidth do you currently have available and can it be dedicated to our event?

2. If we want to bring in our own internet drop from another ISP, is that possible?

3. Is there an onsite company that manages your network or is it managed remotely?

4. Do you use an in-house AV company or is there an outside company that holds the contract?

5. Do you manage electrical needs internally or is there an outside company that manages that for you?

6. Do you have a loading bay? If so, what is the maximum size lorry it can accomodate?

Keep these handy for the next time you are planning an event…

5 Top Tips for a slow computer….

We have all been there and understand just how frustrating it is when you are right in the middle of something (usually of high importance) and your computer slooooooows right down. But hold on just a minute, before you pick up your computer and head to the nearest window! We at F1 Consultancy have a few tips for you to keep at hand…

  • Check OS updates or service packs Go to –  Start button, click All Programmes, and click Windows Updates Mac Users Apple icon, select – software update – follow the steps
  • Close Windows that are open and not being used to free up space
  • Check available Memory / Hard disk space Ctrl + Alt + Delete, select – start task manager, hit Performance Tab to get your results. Dependant upon the results you may wish to upgrade your memory. Mac Users FinderSelect ApplicationsUtilitiesActivity monitorSystem Memory, At this point you will be able to view your usage through various charts.
  • Check your available Bandwidth. Run a speed test for your PC – www.speedtest.net Please note this is rough guide and not a 100% accurate but will give you a very good idea of your internet speed. It maybe useful to run this a few times and to take a note of your results – e.g if your results are showing an average of 5mb, you are paying for 50mb; you will need to contact your service provider.