Wireless Access Point - aircraft Wifi

Latest Wifi technology above the clouds

Lufthansa Technik is offering an aviation-qualified high-performance Wireless Access Point (WAP) based on developments from Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. Optimized for the extremely high-density characteristics common in aircraft cabin environments and complying with the most stringent aviation security constraints, the device offers ultra-fast aircraft Wi-Fi. It is the first WAP with integrated antennas while still possessing the fastest transmission standard in the aviation industry.

The unit can be easily configured by airlines for their requirements for in-flight connectivity and entertainment systems. The solution offers airlines the ability to deliver high speed aircraft Wi-Fi for in-flight web browsing, multimedia streaming, real-time communications, point-of-sale applications, passenger gaming and other Internet-based services. As the first aircraft access point available in the aviation market based on the Gigabit Wireless Standard (802.11ac, 1.3 Gbps) it allows faster video streaming and on-board Internet connections supporting more mobile devices on two independent radios. The device's airtight housing hosts optimized internal antennas (3 x 3 MIMO antenna array) allowing easy installation and maintenance while relieving operators of the need for single antenna adjustments.

The WAP's technology makes it especially suited for the latest aircraft generations such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. The Lufthansa Technik Wireless Access Point is qualified to DO-160 G. It was launched successfully in 2014.

Facts & Figures

  • Aviation qualified ruggedized access point
  • Powered by Aruba Networks
  • Simultaneous dual radio operation (1x 802.11 b/g/n, 1x 802.11 n/a/ac)
  • First aircraft access point with 802.11ac standard (1.3 Gbps for ac-radio)
  • Backwards compatible to 802.11a/b/g/n standards (450 Mbps per n-radio)
  • Qualified to DO-160G
  • Wireless Intrusion Detection/Prevention System (WIDS/WIPS)
  • Smaller than ARINC 763 and smaller than next ARINC 628
  • Full control by machine to machine (M2M) command line interface
  • ARINC 836 Modular Rack mountable
  • 115 V AC, variable frequency 360-800 Hz (28 V DC available on request)
  • Input/Output discretes for power and radios