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Boeing lists reduced weight and increased bandwidth among the reasons for the switch to wired networking

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passenger jet is moving along swiftly in development and is not too far away from its August 2007 maiden flight. The twin-engine aircraft will feature body and wing construction that is comprised by as much as 50% composite materials and has a cruising speed of Mach 0.85. Boeing also claims that the Dreamliner is 20% more fuel efficient than competing aircraft.

In keeping with the advanced nature of the plane’s engines and construction, the Dreamliner was also supposed to make use of wireless networking for DVD-quality in-flight entertainment.

Boeing has decided to nix that idea and has switched to a wired networking arrangement for the Dreamliner. The company says that the move to wired networking only adds 50 pounds to the aircraft instead of the 200 pounds required for wireless networking components. There were also concerns over the amount of bandwidth that could be provided by a wireless network.

Reduced weight and bandwidth, however, aren't the only reasons why Boeing has decided to go with a wired network. Boeing learned that some countries would not give it permission to use frequencies necessary for wireless networking. "Knowing that the regulatory issues were basically insurmountable, it just did not make sense to apply those resources there," said Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter.

Boeing has stated that the switch to a wired network will not result in production delays of the aircraft, and that customers have already been notified of the change.

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Speaking of wireless networking...
By TimberJon on 1/26/2007 11:12:26 AM , Rating: -1
They need a waterproof TV that connects wirelessly to an adapter for your console, with waterproof controllers for the console systems. So we lazy bastards can wash up in relaxation while playing our favoriate game. ha!

RE: Speaking of wireless networking...
By CrasHxxx on 1/26/2007 12:23:49 PM , Rating: 3
Can you explain to me how you "Wash up" in an economy seat while flying?

By Sulphademus on 1/26/2007 2:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
I thought he was going to say something about ditching in the ocean until I read the Wash Up part. I don't get it either.

By dice1111 on 1/26/2007 3:25:51 PM , Rating: 3
I'd smack a guy giving himself a hand bath next to me on a flight. Thats just gross.

By RockfordFile on 1/26/2007 3:49:58 PM , Rating: 4
Exactly which thread on which site did you think you were on when you posted this?

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