As consumers of inflight Wi-Fi, business travelers are primarily concerned with one thing: productivity. Million-dollar contracts are routinely sent, received, and signed at 35,000 feet – often, business simply won’t adjust to your flight plan.
As a result, the connection you have while you’re in flight had better perform regardless of where you fly. No executive or manager wants to experience four hours of dead air, only to find that a competitor made a move while they were airborne.
Knowing how to maximize your available bandwidth can make a big difference in inflight Wi-Fi performance. A few key ideas can help you get the most from your airborne connections.
Tip 1: Limit the number of devices that are active at any given time
Remember that even “inactive” devices consume small amounts of bandwidth. Power them down when you can, and disable automatic updates while you’re in the air.
Tip 2: Suspend cloud services (iCloud, Google Drive, etc.)
Sync them once you’ve landed.
Tip 3: Be aware of what data types you’re consuming
For example, watching a video will consume exponentially larger volumes of bandwidth than downloading an Excel sheet. And content within apps – like that autoplaying Facebook video – can stealthily rob you of bandwidth.
Tip 4: Understand your options for streaming or viewing video
Download what you want to watch prior to flying or enroll in an inflight entertainment (IFE) service, such as Gogo Vision. IFE solutions deliver movies, TV shows and other media directly from an aircraft server versus streaming content in flight, which also minimizes unexpected data charges.
Discover more about maximizing your inflight internet solutions in our guide on inflight connectivity eBook. In addition to these few best practices for use, we offer more on how to optimize your systems depending on your online needs.