The QuickShow/BEYOND registration system was added in version 5.0. It is a “check in” for the control hardware to ensure that the hardware is genuine. This also allows for pangolin to help customers keep track of their hardware, and hopefully recover lost or stolen hardware. This process is done over the internet or done over email. If your show computer is connected to the internet, this is done automatically, and you will not even notice it happening. If you wish to keep your show computer offline, you will need to use email on a separate computer to complete registration manually. Registration is based on hardware and computer, so registration will only need to be done once for any specific setup, or hardware-pc combination.
In short, if you have the internet on the show computer, you will have no problem. Registration and licensing being handled on the internet will only add convenience if having internet on your show computer isn’t a problem for your application.
If you do not want your show computer to ever have internet, you will need a separate computer to connect to the internet in some way and have an email client.
As well, the license type you will want to use is hardware-based licenses if you are okay with verifying the hardware once and carrying hardware around, or PCID if you only ever want to register a PC once and not carry hardware, even if this means if the pc is broken or lost your license goes with it.
Phone tethering: Most phones and plans these days allow for wireless tethering to your phones, QS and BEYOND registration requires rather low file sizes so this will not affect your data plan’s limits much.
Mobile Hotspots: Many services offer global mobile hotspots which will use the cell towers data plan, one of the ones we use at pangolin is Skyroam, they offer day passes for $10 globally and is relatively low cost overall, with access in 100+ countries.
Satellite internet: Companies like ViaSat offer global internet coverage, while not the fastest, it will be sufficient for registration. And with companies like SpaceX and Amazon building global high speed internet satellite plants, these may become options in the future.
I’m doing a laser show in the Sahara Desert, on a small island in the Pacific Ocean, or on the south pole in the winter etc.
If you do not want to connect show computers to the internet:
If your classic hardware-based license isn’t found by the server when registering, you will get a warning. There is two reasons why this may happen.
If hardware like FB3 or FB4 fails to register and is marked with an X, this hardware has two possible situations: