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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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By Shadowself on 1/26/2007 11:13:47 AM , Rating: 5
I always find it amusing that these companies always show business/first class in their pictures.

They should show what it really looks like when trying to use your "laptop" in coach when the person in front of you has his seat fully reclined. Now THAT would be an amusing picture!




RE: Pictures
By AmpedSilence on 1/26/2007 11:28:02 AM , Rating: 2
All companies do that, car companies advertise their flagship cars, Intel and AMD tout the performance of their flagship processors.

I am going to New Zealand in a week and when i was buying tickets they were charging $17,000 for one first class ticket! thats more than the cost of my car!


RE: Pictures
By Tsuwamono on 1/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: Pictures
By StevoLincolnite on 1/26/2007 12:07:39 PM , Rating: 1
38 Grand for a car? No thanks, Luckily I live in Australia where the Holden Commodore resides :) My car is 18 years old, Done 400 thousand KM's Runs like a dream, and being a Buick 3.8Liter and really common, Cheap to keep running. And plus its not speed limited to 180km's like Ford.
All things mechanical break down, Thats the way it is, If you think it will never break down well... You will be surprised when you put a piston through the block, Bend a push rod, blow the computer, etc. For 38 grand... I could put a deposit on a house!

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Back on topic.
Going from wireless to wired, does this mean all those Zune's, and other wireless devices will become negated?
I personally prefer having wired, Having all the wires running everywhere makes my computing area seem more sophisticated, And wouldn't the wireless interfere with the planes electronics? could someone clear that up for me?


RE: Pictures
By AmpedSilence on 1/26/2007 12:12:52 PM , Rating: 4
Honestly, are you really going to be like that?

My car is only 4 years old, has 55k miles on it, and i still get 25+ mpg on it. It will be paid off in six months and once i put new tires in an month i won't have to do anything to it for another two years. Why be in debt when you don't have to be? Unless you paid full cash for your car, i am coming way ahead, and with the money i saved i can afford the First class tickets (to stay OT) for my future trips!!


RE: Pictures
By FITCamaro on 1/26/2007 12:31:07 PM , Rating: 2
Not everyone wants to spend $38,000 for a car. For that much you better be buying a sports car. A GTO, (puke) Mustang GT, STI, or an Evo doesn't cost $38,000. The only car over that much I'd ever buy would be a Vette. For a daily driver for a family, no way would I spend that much.

I'm guessing a BMW 3 series since thats what all the little "I wanna look rich" people are buying today. The most expensive family car I'd buy would be the new Impala SS with the 5.3L V8 and DoD. Of course the GTO is about the same price, seats four as well, and has RWD, 400hp, and a 6-speed.


RE: Pictures
By mydogfarted on 1/26/2007 2:29:22 PM , Rating: 1
Your wealth of ignorance amazes me.

$38,000 barely touches most popular SUVs where I live and 3 series BMWs are what the rich parents buy their kids. Shit, I've seen pickups on dealer lots with sticker prices higher than that!



RE: Pictures
By Lakku on 1/26/2007 4:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you should try to become intelligent yourself then. I don't know where the hell you live, but the MSRP on 6 or 7 out of the top 10 most popular SUVs range from 20k to 34k. This includes the the RAV-4, Ford Explorer, Jeep Wrangler, Honda Pilot, Grand Cherokee (can get up to aorund 38 in some areas), 4 Runner (can also get up to 38), and the Honda CR-V. All of these vehicles are WELL under 38k for the majority of models. And don't think pickups should be less expensive or that they are somehow 'cheap' cars as your tone or writing seems to suggest. I have ridden in many an expensive truck that rides better then most any car under 40 grand, and can haul the things you need as well. They are also the highest margin cars for US automakers, so yeah, they are expensive.


RE: Pictures
By rippleyaliens on 1/26/2007 9:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
WHOAH Rich guy, lol.. I drive a 95 Ford Mustang GT, and i am so PISSED i have to get rid of it. Now looking for cars, MAN, what happened to the 10k car, lol. I priced a honda civic, 18k , OUCH.. I am just driving to work in it. I guess i am getting old..
Only thing good is that i live in Detroit, and MAN, are the car dealers scrambling to sell cars. 1st the american dealers are just cutting prices massively. 2nd the Imports are selling at COST, just to pound the american dealers.. good times i guess, except a new $400 car note. (Rather buy computer hardware)


RE: Pictures
By Jedi2155 on 1/27/2007 2:48:19 AM , Rating: 1
Bah on all of you!

I drive a '88 Camry LE with over 200k miles on it. The best part....with my strict driving habits i'm beating the EPA rated Highway MPG of 29 as my calculations put me to 31.2 MPG City/Highway :-D.

The paint is completely worn and it's broken down on me twice in the past year :( including once on the freeway to school. I do love my license plate cover that newegg sent me :-D. http://tacinept.com/ForumI/w00tNew.jpg

But I have about 10k saved over the past 5 years for a 2009 Prius! A Prius has been my dream car since I was 11-12 years old around 1998 when I first heard of them! I'm just waiting for their redesign! hah!


RE: Pictures
By Micronite on 1/26/2007 4:15:01 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, the unfortunate thing is that my car doesn't go Mach .85 (or about 612mi/hr or 985km/hr).
But I guess when I reach my destination I get to keep my car.


RE: Pictures
By nothingtoseehere on 1/26/2007 6:15:52 PM , Rating: 3
Talking about coach. Who said this wired network will be available at all in coach? If history is any indication, then the absence of laptop power in coach and unclear marketing to hide that it is so pretty much guarantees that there will be no networking in coach...

At least with the wireless network, it can be assumed the cell will be big enough at least for the people in the front of coach, but this, I don't trust 'em...


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