Satcom Direct (SD) has introduced a new product that functions as both a router and a wireless access point. The SD WiFi Hub can be the gateway for all voice and data communications on the aircraft. Additionally, it can be used in conjunction with the Satcom Direct Router (SDR), adding functionality and enhancing performance.
“By adding the SD WiFi Hub to our hardware lineup, SD now offers powerful connectivity solutions for any size aircraft. The hub is the perfect platform for smaller airframes that previously were unable to utilize the SDR due to space constraints,” said Ken Bantoft, chief technology officer for SD. “Now, operators can access many premium services previously unavailable to narrow-body aircraft.”
The SD WiFi Hub serves as the onboard router and delivers many SD services to the cabin, including GlobalVT, which enables voice and text service on the user’s personal smartphone, at all phases of flight, anywhere in the world. The SD WiFi Hub weighs 1.6 lb. It can be used to replace legacy 802.11 b/g/n wireless access points. The SD WiFi Hub features two Arinc 429 interfaces and configurable discretes. It supports multiple satcom bearers and wi-fi networks.
When partnered with the SDR, the SD WiFi Hub can provide an additional 900Mbps data to the cabin with both 2.4 and 5GHz 802.11 b/g/n radios. The product supports HD media products and applications for all passengers, and is designed to address buffering and gaps in cabin coverage.
Photo courtesy of Steve Nichols, Getconnected.aero
May 4, 2016