Friday, January 26, 2007
Posted by Ed Hansberry in "NEWS" @ 12:00 PM
"Boeing has abandoned its plan to install a wireless inflight-entertainment system on the 787 Dreamliner, one it had touted earlier as saving weight and complexity by eliminating wires. Boeing will substitute a wired system with cables running to each seat row, instead of a wireless antenna at each row, to feed movies and music to passengers' seats."
Ironically, the wired system will weigh less than the wireless system since part of the aircraft won't have to be thickened to support the access points. This really shouldn't affect most laptop users as most have built in CAT5 ports. PDA users though are in a different boat. It is rare that a PDA/Smartphone user has an accessory that snaps into the device to accept Ethernet cable. This leaves you with the alternative of using something like the WiFlyer if you can find an AC port for it, but now you are setting up a WiFi network on the plane which will probably be a no-no. So, I guess if you are at 40,000 feet, you need a laptop to check emails. :(