Today, one of the first things a passenger getting on a business flight looks for is whether the aircraft has Wi-Fi onboard. Assuming it does, a key consideration beyond the connection is how well the in-cabin Wi-Fi technology supports and manages multiple connections to the same Wi-Fi network from other passenger devices onboard. Without the right technology, the in-cabin “airspace” can become congested when supporting higher-demand online activities – such as streaming video or voice applications.
To accommodate these increasing demands on inflight Wi-Fi networks and to help you better manage the in-cabin connectivity experience, Gogo Business Aviation now offers dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service with the introduction of its Gogo AVANCE platform. Today, there are multiple Gogo AVANCE platform solutions available:
Gogo AVANCE L5: a comprehensive inflight entertainment and connectivity system that connects to our proven, reliable Gogo Biz 4G network.
SCS Elite: a highly integrated smart cabin system that gives passengers a single interface from which they can engage with all cabin services.
SCS Media: a small, lightweight system that powers an immersive, on-demand infotainment experience starring moving maps, movies and more.
These systems leverage the latest router technology to deliver three times the processing speed than previous wireless routers, as well as beamforming signal support for better Wi-Fi connections long range.
The availability of two Wi-Fi radio frequencies (2.4GHz and 5GHz) provides up to three cabin Wi-Fi networks that are configurable to access one or both of the radio frequencies. The additional availability of the 5GHz frequency provides greater throughput than the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio and operates in a less congested frequency band. When both bands are used concurrently it can provide a better cabin environment for streaming, ultimately delivering an improved user experience even as more devices connect. Additionally, two Wi-Fi frequencies offer greater flexibility in configuring dedicated networks for flight operations and passenger usage.
Choosing between a 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz connection
Here’s a quick view of the main differences between the two radio frequencies, with some additional detail on how you can choose to connect to the channels based on in-cabin online activities.
- 3 non-overlapping channels (streams)
- Wider network range
- Lower frequency, allowing for better broadcast penetration (through walls, for example)
- Higher interference, as most devices operate in this frequency
- Radio shared between the cabin and virtual FBO (vFBO)
- Cabin - in air
- vFBO - on ground
- 23 non-overlapping channels (streams)
- Shorter network range – requires closer proximity to router
- Higher frequency, with limited ability to penetrate solid walls or objects
- Less interference from other devices – including aircraft appliances and other mobile devices
- Dedicated radio for cabin use – in air and on ground
- Compatible with all wireless connection devices available in the market today
- Most online activities can be managed easily through this frequency
- Fewer restrictions on where you install your router, for passenger access
- Less device traffic on this frequency, offers greater availability of channels
- More channels offer concurrent streaming on multiple device connections
- Higher bandwidth activities are processed faster, given capacity and speed of frequency
- Basic web browsing, shopping online, checking email, reading eBooks
- Managing streaming video and larger data transfers, but depending on network congestion, could sharply reduce performance/ quality of connection
- All online activities, depending on proximity to router
- Streaming media on multiple devices
- Connecting to Gogo Vision, to ensure uninterrupted service in-air and on the ground
- Assigning a dedicated Wi-Fi network for on-aircraft VIPs