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Welcome to the Bridgemate scoring system, world's most favoured scoring system for bridge. In this article you will find all relevant information to set up your system and start scoring your first game. It is a quick guide for beginners to get started and will provide you with references to other articles containing in-depth information. Please note that this article is not the same as the Bridgemate manual which is your most valuable source of information. Below you will find the links to the Bridgemate manuals as well as to the software and drivers.
Your Bridgemate II or Pro hardware
If you have recently purchased the Bridgemate system, it is wise to make sure you have all the hardware you need. There are two Bridgemate systems available in the market: Bridgemate Pro and Bridgemate II. A typical configuration of both systems is as follows:
- X number of Bridgemate Pro scoring terminals. One per table is needed. Bridgemate Pro comes with 4 AAA batteries.
- Bridgemate Pro server, including a USB converter for connection to the USB port and an AC power adapter for power supply. 4 AA batteries are optional (for backup power) and may or may not be included with the server by your supplier.
- One or more tournament director's keys (TD-key). The TD-key is used to configure the Bridgemate Pro and to access the special TD-menu.
- Communications cable (optional).
- Bridgemate Pro manual. Manuals may be provided in paper format or digitally.
- X number of Bridgemate II scoring terminals. One per table is needed. Bridgemate II comes with 2 AA batteries.
- Bridgemate II server, including USB cable for direction connection to your USB port for data transfer and power supply. 4 AA batteries are optional (for backup power) and may or may not be included with the server by your supplier.
- Bridgemate II manual. Manuals may be provided in paper format or digitally.
Note that the Bridgemate II server does not use AC power as it is powered through the USB port. Also the Bridgemate II system does not use TD-keys and the serial communications cable which are both part of the Bridgemate Pro system.
If your system is missing one of the above items, please consult your supplier.
Bridgemate Pro and Bridgemate II both come with their own manual. This manual may be provided in paper format or offered to you as digital download from our website. You can find the latest manual of both systems from the following links:
- Bridgemate Pro scoring system: Download the manual (670KB)
- Bridgemate II scoring system: Download the manual (770KB)
Installing Bridgemate Control Software
After you have verified your Bridgemate hardware and have the manual ready, it is time to set up the system on your computer. First your will need to install the Bridgemate Control Software (BCS) on your computer. This program communicates with the Bridgemate hardware and functions as a gateway between your scoring program and the Bridgemate hardware. BCS supports both Bridgemate Pro and Bridgemate II.
The latest version of this program is always published in this article. Follow the link in this article to the download location and installation instructions. Make sure you pay careful attention to the specified requirements for both your computer and the Windows version you are using.
Installing the Windows driver for the Bridgemate II or Pro server
Next step is to install the Windows drivers for the Bridgemate Pro or Bridgemate II server. All drivers can be found at the driver overview page. Make sure you first install the driver before connecting the server to the USB port of your computer. Make sure you read the driver download article thoroughly as it contains troubleshooting information for the driver as well.
A quick test to verify your setup
Once the software and the correct driver has been correctly installed, you are now ready to test your system. Connect the Bridgemate server to the USB port of your computer. In case your system is Bridgemate Pro, make sure the server is powered through the AC power adapter. A correctly powered Bridgemate server will show a green light on top of the device. Now start the Bridgemate Control Software manually by clicking on the program shortcut in the Windows Start menu (Windows Start -> All programs -> Bridgemate Pro -> Bridgemate Control Software). First the program will ask you which language should be used for the program's user interface. After selecting your language, the program will make contact to the Bridgemate server. After successful connection, you are asked to enter the geographical region which you are in. You can choose from: Europe, North America, Australia & New Zealand, Japan, Israel. In case you are in another region, choose the one which is closest to you. Bridgemate Control Software will now start, and you will see the main screen. In the upper left frame you find information about the server like regional and channel setting, and hardware and firmware version numbers. If you see that information, your setup is correct. You may now close BCS and configure your Bridgemates.
Configuring the Bridgemate scoring devices
Each Bridgemate Pro comes with 4 AAA batteries. Pay careful attention that you insert the batteries in the indicated direction. Switch on the Bridgemate by pressing OK key. You should see the Bridgemate main screen with the text "Bridgemate Pro" followed by the version number of the firmware and the language code.
Insert the tournament director's key (TD-key) in the socket at the back of the Bridgemate to enter the setup screen. Each Bridgemate must be configured to a section and table number. There are two ways to configure section and table: fixed table assignment, and select table by the players. See the Bridgemate Pro manual chapter 5 "Use of the Bridgemate Pro scoring devices" for more information how to configure the section and table.
Make sure the Bridgemate is set to the same channel as you have configured for the server. The channel can be reconfigured by pressing Cancel key to erase the existing number followed by entering the new number directly. Press OK to confirm the new settings. The TD-key can now be removed from the Bridgemate.
Each Bridgemate II comes with 2 AA batteries. Pay careful attention that you insert the batteries in the indicated direction. Switch on the Bridgemate by pressing OK key. You should see the Bridgemate main screen with the Bridgemate II logo.
Press the button below "SETUP" to enter the setup screen. Make sure the Bridgemate is set to the same region and channel as you have configured for the server. Move to Region using the keys below the up and down arrows and use + or - key to change the region. The channel can be reconfigured by pressing + or - as well, or by entering the number directly. An existing channel number can be erased using the Cancel key.
Each Bridgemate must be configured to a section and table number. There are three ways to configure section and table: fixed table assignment, select table by the players, and select table using scan mode. See the Bridgemate II manual chapter "Using the Bridgemates" for more information how to configure the section and table.
Once configuration has completed, you may leave the setup menu by pressing the button below "BACK"
Configuring your scoring program
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31-10-2013 - Article published
15-08-2015 - Added section on Bridgemate Pro