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WiFi Entertainment @ 30,000+ FT Air Canada Rouge Style.
While on route to Wireless Field Day 7 #WFD7 in San Jose, I had the pleasure of boarding Air Canada’s new Air Canada rouge planes.
This hot new service has a cool new look, complete with a classic tail logo, updated interior and lets not leave out the cool flight attendants uniforms. Once you enter the plane you are greeted by friendly up beat staff who makes sure you are boarded safely and efficiently. One thing you will notice with this air crew is they are very patient, something you don’t find too often on board aircrafts today.
Now to the best part of the flight, and thats the onboard entertainment. “Wait, onboard entertainment? But I don’t see a screen on the seat in front of me.”
In the past, and still today screens on headrests are the norm for many airlines. But today they are becoming very old school due to power, weight issues and maintenance.
What if I don’t have notebook, iPad, Smartphone etc.? Never fear Air Canada rouge has got you covered with Red Apple iPad Mini’s on standby to rent for a nominal fee.
How does it work? Well, its works in two ways.
You can connect via the Air Canada App for iOS / Android.
The other is via any browser on your notebook. Once connected to the Air Canada rouge WiFi you will be directed straight to the player. The image is super clear and never slows down or pauses.
What about those in-flight Announcements we all love? Well, here is a what it looks like. You don’t miss a moment of your favourite movie.
Now what really got my attention was the ease of connecting and wait for it— 5GHz 802.11n. Yes, folks thats right 5GHz on a plane. I know fellow WiFi Pioneer Devin Akin of Divergent Dynamics would be salivating right about now. Why you ask? With my WiFi tools at hand I saw more clients connected to 5GHz, and that tells me that more devices are shifting away from the traditional 2.4GHz.
One suggestion I would like to make is that Air Canada rouge might want to use a single SSID name instead of the two they currently are broadcasting. For some travellers this could cause confusion.
I have to hand it to the folks at Air Canada rouge they did a very nice job delivering in-flight entertainment via WiFi. I was super impressed.
So the next time you are on an Air Canada rouge flight, sit back have a coffee. Now if we could only get them to serve fresh movie popcorn.
Disclaimer: I created this blog on my own free will.
I have been a user of both Air Magnet and Ekahau products and each has its own cool features and use cases. However I prefer Ekahau tool sets, and here is why.
The one key item that truly stands out here is the Wi-Fi Tools team @Ekahau.
With Jussi Kiviniemi’s ( @jussikiviniemi )appointment to Vice President of Wi-Fi Tools at Ekahau in June 2013 was one of the best things that has happened to WiFi tools at Ekahau.
He has shown a great interest and understanding in finding out what the boots on the ground need to do their job right the first time.
Not only does he market the product, but he is an actual user as well. Jussi knows how to survey / design. He also know’s whats needed to be done from a logistics point of view of making a great product and getting into the hands of every Wireless Engineer at a fast pace.
Jussi is always upfront / honest and listens to what’s griping us or why is that feature not working or can it be done.
This is a rare trait and it’s something you don’t find at every vendor.
Remember folks, it’s the people like Jussi that are behind the scenes that reach out to the community and get involved in making outstanding products that we can actually use.
I don’t often speak out like this publicly, but when I do, I do it because recognition is needed.
Disclaimer: The above comments are my personal views and opinions.
Another reason why I’m really stoked to be apart of #WFD7 is AirTight Networks.
That’s right folks AirTight will be at Wireless Field Day 7. This will be AirTights third appearance at a Wireless Field Day event.
AirTight has always intrigued me for the cool “Nerd Knobs” and interactive web GUI. They get right to the point and show you the cool metrics that we Wireless folks love to see.
With lucky number #WFD7 fast approaching, I wonder what AirTight has in store for the delegates?
Sweet!!!! I was hoping Aruba would be present at #WFD7.
This will be my first visit to the big Aruba HQ and really looking forward to getting a behind the scenes look at this mobility company up close and see how they are focusing on #GENMOBILE and 802.11ac.
Oh and lets not forget a new comer to the wireless vendor arena Sean Rynearson; Aruba’s Chief Airhead. Over the past year I have been following Sean on twitter and on the Airhead community pages where he has been actively building up the Aruba Airhead’s.
Yes folks you heard it right. Avaya enters the Wireless Field head on.
Avaya in my mind has always been a heavy hitter in the VoIP, and Video space for years. I’m really interested to see what Avaya will bring to the WiFi playground and how they will play with devices at Wireless Field Day 7
My fellow #WFD7 delegate Jennifer Huber also commented on this at Excited to hear Avaya present at Wireless Field Day 7!