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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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mobile users are screwed?
By fliguy84 on 1/26/2007 1:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
So it means that palmtops and Blackberries don't work. Damn I was just thinking that I could play my DS on wireless in the airplane :(

PS: That Asian guy in the pic looks just like the bad guy in the Kung Pao movie :D

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By b2386 on 1/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: mobile users are screwed?
By Sulphademus on 1/26/2007 2:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe he really does?

Don't know, haven't seen it but want to be sure that we aren't breaking out the Jump-To-Conclusions mat immediately.

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By fliguy84 on 1/27/2007 3:23:27 AM , Rating: 2
Man, I don't know what's going on here. Pointing somebody looks the same as somebody else as racist? Wow, isn't that a heavy accusation made by a mere sentence from me? FYI, I'm an Asian myself, though not Chinese.

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By Ringold on 1/26/2007 2:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
Are you talking about the main character? They look nothing alike

Damn girlfriend back then forced me watch that. Over. and over. and over.

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By SonicIce on 1/26/2007 3:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
cool girlgriend

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By SonicIce on 1/26/2007 3:47:27 PM , Rating: 2

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By fliguy84 on 1/27/2007 3:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
No, I was talking about the bad guy. Can't you read?

Here's the pic:

RE: mobile users are screwed?
By Ringold on 1/27/2007 8:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
Woops! Sorry, apparently I can't.

I blame my public school education. kthx.

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