Last weekend in Duluth there were over 60 APs or hotspots running on 2.4 GHz at one point. Ten to fifteen were local infrastructure and the fields, but that leaves about one third of the teams violating the rules.
Changing your AP so it doesn’t broadcast its SSID doesn’t change anything. You’re still consuming spectrum, we can still see you and you are still causing issues with field operations.
Every time the field has to make adjustments to deal with the Wi-Fi environment it’s delaying the entire event by about 10 minutes. That 10 minutes across the 2000 people at the DECC last week amounts to 20,000 person minutes or close to 14 person days wasted.
It was bad last year and it’s worse this year. The community has an opportunity to police itself here. The other option is that FIRST decides it’s getting out of hand and feels they need to do something, and that something is likely to be that if any of your team members gets caught Running Wi-Fi the team gets a red card for its next match.