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Does the MiFi Work on planes?
abuckman
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Does the MiFi Work on planes?

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Re: Does the MiFi Work on planes?
John_Getzke
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well....

Technically the MiFi will work, but only as a local area network, not as an internet connected device.  If your goal is to setup a tiny/mobile home router that will allow you to communicate across your own devices then the MiFi will do the trick.  Just don't expect to get any internet service once you are in the air.

Recent changes to the FCC have opened up personal device communications on airplanes.  Its no longer considered illegal (according to the federal gov/FCC) to power on and use your phones/mobile devices in flight.  Instead it is up to the individual airline to regulate and enforce their own technology rules.  So they may not let you do it and can kick you off the plane if you are a jerk about it.

WiFi is WiFi, so what the plane offers you through an inflight service like GoGo is technically no different than what the Jetpack can offer you.  Performance on the other hand... well that might get a little tricky with such a dense area and multiple competing WiFi signals on the plane.  Chances are good you will have to migrate to a 5.0 GHz signal to get decent performance, even at such a close range.

More info on inflight mobile:

https://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-devices-airplanes

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Re: Does the MiFi Work on planes?
Weth
Sr. Leader

NO.

You are too high and traveling too fast to lock in a reliable signal.  Ground stations transmit for terrestrial distance and shooting up toward the sky would be a waste of transmission energy. 

Besides, it is still illegal to turn on a mifi in a flying plane, just as it is still illegal to have a phones cellular function on.  Just don't ask me how I know it doesn't work

Re: Does the MiFi Work on planes?
John_Getzke
Leader
Leader

well....

Technically the MiFi will work, but only as a local area network, not as an internet connected device.  If your goal is to setup a tiny/mobile home router that will allow you to communicate across your own devices then the MiFi will do the trick.  Just don't expect to get any internet service once you are in the air.

Recent changes to the FCC have opened up personal device communications on airplanes.  Its no longer considered illegal (according to the federal gov/FCC) to power on and use your phones/mobile devices in flight.  Instead it is up to the individual airline to regulate and enforce their own technology rules.  So they may not let you do it and can kick you off the plane if you are a jerk about it.

WiFi is WiFi, so what the plane offers you through an inflight service like GoGo is technically no different than what the Jetpack can offer you.  Performance on the other hand... well that might get a little tricky with such a dense area and multiple competing WiFi signals on the plane.  Chances are good you will have to migrate to a 5.0 GHz signal to get decent performance, even at such a close range.

More info on inflight mobile:

https://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-devices-airplanes

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