Does anyone have experience with both of these hardware/protocols? Let's put the cost aside, I'm looking specifically at performance. I have a project proposal on the table for which I have one year to design a final product. The short of it is being able to control LED lights on stage, wireless with a computer that's probably going to be used by someone sitting in the audience. I'm thinking simply commands here, not streams of data.
My main concern is the venue, and the audience itself, specifically the possibility of interference and distance. I would need things to be reliable, in other words, very little chance of losing data in transmission. I know there will always be a chance, but the more I can eliminate that, the better. I suppose I can forgo wireless and use an Ethernet connection to talk to everything on stage, but let's try this first.
So, anyone have a comparison made? Range primarily, followed by reliability.
Personally I would love to stick to the Nordic modules because I already know how they work, with XBees I'm starting from scratch. But, I will entertain the notion at least.