In the Athena for Clubs version, the Network Manager is required and performs a number of critical processes, namely: encryption, redundancy, and computational tasks.
The Network Manager:
•Allows an Athena range to run when Internet access is unavailable.
•Provides encryption and authentication between all devices in an Athena range.
•Stores a backup copy of all shot data.
•Stores a backup of all state information of all targets, monitors, and displays.
•Computes ranked lists, including intermediate ranked lists, during a competition.
•Computes course of fire calculations during a competition.
•Synchronizes the clock for all EST Units.