BridgePal Scoring System

Scoring Unit Setup

Normally the BridgePal app is downloaded and installed from the google play store. For android devices that do not come with google play store installed the BridgePal app can be downloaded from this link.

In order to install the BridgePal app from the google play store you will need to create a free google mail account on the device. This is normally done during the setup dialog when powering on a new android device for the first time. You will need to be connected to internet via a wifi or mobile network. The same google mail account can be used for all BridgePal devices, so create it when setting up the first device and simply sign in in to the account on the other devices.

Start the "Play Store" app, search for "BridgePal" and install the BridgePal app.

An internet connection is not required to use the phone/tablet as a BridgePal device, so you can remove the sim card if required, as BridgePal only needs a wifi connection. You may very occasionally need to connect the BridgePal device to internet in future in order to install updated versions of the BridgePal app (see note 1 below).

If you are using a different router for the BridgePal application ensure that the router is now turned on. Put the phone/tablet into Aeroplane mode and then enable Wi-Fi. This will ensure that the device does not waste battery power by maintaining a connection to a mobile network. Go into the settings menu, and display the list of visible wifi networks. The network name of the BridgePal router should be visible in this list assuming that the router has been configured to transmit the SSID of the network. Tap on the network name in the list to initiate connection to the network and enter the network password when prompted.

Configuring The BridgePal App

With the latest release of the software, configuration of the BridgePal app with the ip address of the PC is automatic. When BridgeScore is started on the PC it starts a program called bridgePalBroadcast.exe which broadcasts the PC's ip address to all BridgePal scoring units every 15 seconds. When the BridgePal app receives this message it will store the address of the PC and attempt to initiate communication. You will see the message "CONNECTED, Session Not Yet Started" displayed on the scoring unit, unless a wireless scoring session has already been started from BridgScore in which case the initial screen, with a "Start" button, will be displayed.

If this does not occur and you are not sure whether broadcast messages are being received, select "Find BridgePal Server" from the app's menu. Providing the network is properly set up a broadcast messages should be received within 20 seconds. A message will appear briefly on the app's display if a broadcast message is received within that time, or if 20 second elapses without a message being received.