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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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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.


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