XBee reliable enough for a stage production?
I've been tasked with providing LED special effects for a high school play. It has to be possible to select from several effects sequences during the course of the play. To that end, I have three choices:
- If the number of sequences is three or fewer, I can grab light signals from the lighting control person via two of the AMX-controlled outlets.
- If more than three, I can put a keypad on the controller so that a person behind the proscenium can operate it.
- Or, I can make a different keypad box that connects to the controller box via XBee.
The reason for considering #3 is that the controller box has to reside on stage left. The stage manager sits on stage right. I can't run a cable across the stage, and the director would prefer not assigning an assistant stage manager on stage left to operate the control box.
I looked at the lighting system 110VAC outputs with my scope. At less than 100% on, they're extremely noisy. With gosh-knows-how-may lights on at once, there would have to be a lot of RF hash in the theater.
So how good is XBee, really? Can I depend on it? Or am I just asking for trouble?