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RhymesayersDU
09-06-2010, 06:38 AM
Have any of you guys hosted an in-person draft with everybody from your league? This year I decided I wanted to start a league of only my friends in this area, so that we could draft together, generally talk **** with each other, and have some fun.

Draft is tonight. Myself included there will be 10 of us. I decided that just everybody should just bring their laptops over as opposed to doing it manually. My question is internet connectivity. Should I be worried or have some kind of backup plan? Will 10 people be able to access the wireless and/or plug directly into my internet at the same time? It's not something I had really planned for, and in hindsight really should have.

Boobs McGee
09-06-2010, 08:02 AM
I've never tried an online draft before, but that's a pretty interesting question...I DO know that if you're using ESPN, you can download an offline draft app that's really nice. We used it this year, essentially it shows you're entire draft board, each teams picks, round, position etc, and once you're finished you upload all of the info straight to ESPN. It puts everything where its supposed to be , all you have to do is come up with the schedule. The way we did it, was hooked it up to the big screen via some vga's, and had a buddy's girlfriend input each name. There's an adjustable draft clock witha Buzzer....so an idea for you is maybe have each person come to the front and type there's in, OR have everybody linked into the local server with Access. I dunno, if you're worried about connectivity its a great app to cut down on manual entry and it looks pretty nice

RhymesayersDU
09-06-2010, 08:03 AM
Hm. Interesting proposition. Is hooking your computer up to a TV hard? Because that might be an option.

underrated29
09-06-2010, 08:21 AM
Cant help ya with the computer things but.....


In my big money league- we get a draft board when we purchase the league. It is a GIANT poster that has all the rounds and we just mark who picks where. Then there are big stickers with every NFL player and positions name on it.

When its your pick you call it out, go find the sticker and put it up on the draft board. Way more fun than online, everyone gets to talk and have screw around. But for your computer thing- I have no clue.

Broncoman13
09-06-2010, 08:23 AM
Hm. Interesting proposition. Is hooking your computer up to a TV hard? Because that might be an option.

No it's not difficult if you have the DVI (I think that's what it's called) cable and rec. on your TV. That is probably your best option. Print off a bunch of cheat sheets and hand them out to make sure everyone has a list of players available to them, in front of them. That should cover you in case they don't have connectivity for their laptops.

Boobs McGee
09-06-2010, 08:24 AM
Weren't you one of the guys buying a new lcd tv this year? If that was you I'm thinking of, it shouldn't be TOO hard. You can just run to Best Buy and pick up a DVI connector, or adapter, and just plug right in. It'll look like a vga plug on your tv. Shouldn't cost more than $30, and if you don't want to keep it you can just return it later that day.

Broncoman13
09-06-2010, 08:25 AM
Cant help ya with the computer things but.....


In my big money league- we get a draft board when we purchase the league. It is a GIANT poster that has all the rounds and we just mark who picks where. Then there are big stickers with every NFL player and positions name on it.

When its your pick you call it out, go find the sticker and put it up on the draft board. Way more fun than online, everyone gets to talk and have screw around. But for your computer thing- I have no clue.

This is what we do in my big money league as well. Of course it's easy when everybody lives around the neighborhood. The "Draft kits" are usually sent out by CBSSportsline. I don't know if any local stores would have them or not? I know that bars sometimes have them and provide them to leagues that host their draft parties at their bar.

Boobs McGee
09-06-2010, 08:26 AM
now that I'm thinking about it...not even sure if you'll NEED the dvi. My buddy had a Mac, so we had to buy two seperate cables...but you MIGHT be able to get away with just vga's.

Boobs McGee
09-06-2010, 08:31 AM
Also, just try hooking it up via hdmi (if your laptop has it) with a cable you have laying around. You might not get sound, but that could be your easiest bet.

And ps, here's an explanation of the offline draft with pictures:
http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/resources/help/content?name=offline-draft-app-explained

Dr. Broncenstein
09-06-2010, 08:38 AM
HDMI is the simplest way to connect a PC to an HDTV. Eliminates the need to deal with audio seperately. I've built my own home theater PC, which has gone through several revisions. I used to use DVI from the video card out to the HDMI input via an adapter. Audio was via the soundcard optical output to the surround tuner. Now I just go straight HDMI from the video card. You can get a nice PCI express card for about a hundred bucks.

This is what I'm running:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5516905&CatId=3670

Dr. Broncenstein
09-06-2010, 08:43 AM
Have any of you guys hosted an in-person draft with everybody from your league? This year I decided I wanted to start a league of only my friends in this area, so that we could draft together, generally talk **** with each other, and have some fun.

Draft is tonight. Myself included there will be 10 of us. I decided that just everybody should just bring their laptops over as opposed to doing it manually. My question is internet connectivity. Should I be worried or have some kind of backup plan? Will 10 people be able to access the wireless and/or plug directly into my internet at the same time? It's not something I had really planned for, and in hindsight really should have.

10 people on a wireless connection is possibly going to be difficult to maintain connectivity. You could buy a hardwired 5-8 port switch for about fifty bucks as a safety net.

Majik
09-06-2010, 09:07 AM
I had a similar situation, half the league came over to my place( 5 people) for an online draft. Everyone including myself had laptops and used my wireless router, we didn't have any connection issues however you will be hosting twice as many people so idk if you will have the same luck we did.

RhymesayersDU
09-06-2010, 09:08 AM
10 people on a wireless connection is possibly going to be difficult to maintain connectivity. You could buy a hardwired 5-8 port switch for about fifty bucks as a safety net.

A buddy brought up the same thought. If I can plug in like half of them, that would alleviate some problems, yes? Because one of the guys offered to bring cables, a hub, etc.

RhymesayersDU
09-06-2010, 09:09 AM
My laptop doesn't have HDMI but my sister's is brand new so I will check that out. Thanks for all the perspectives guys.

Dr. Broncenstein
09-06-2010, 09:10 AM
A buddy brought up the same thought. If I can plug in like half of them, that would alleviate some problems, yes? Because one of the guys offered to bring cables, a hub, etc.

That should do the trick.

broncosteven
09-06-2010, 09:20 AM
I would take you friend up on bringing his switch and some cables. The issue won't be with your wireless, it can handle multiple connections, the problem will be your ISP bandwidth. Having some guys hardwired should help them as they will get a dedicated 100MB (or 1000 if Gig switch) switch port rather than the 50mb most wireless standards are capable of.

If I were you I would make sure my PC was hardwired.

Problem comes if you have a slow DSL connection then saturate it with 10 other guys downloading rosters and funny porn clips to show everyone. In that case you might be screwed.

DaFace
09-06-2010, 09:44 AM
Most wireless routers are set up to handle up to 256 devices if you had an insanely fast internet connection. However, since you're probably on a standard home connection (maybe 3-6 Mbps), that would result in a pretty slow experience.

I don't personally think you'll see much of a difference plugging some in vs. doing it all wireless, but just make sure that people aren't doing anything bandwidth consuming (video, downloading files, running a torrent program), and you should be fine.

RhymesayersDU
09-06-2010, 09:47 AM
I will put out the memo, no looking at porn while drafting.


To be honest, it's just a good rule to have for life in general.

Jay3
09-06-2010, 09:49 AM
Computer to TV, via HDMI is the most expedient. One operator and everybody can see.

We've done it before with no internet. Guy just enters into a spreadsheet and we see it on the big screen. Then the commish enters the picks that night.