HOW does WIFI WORK on AIRPLANES? Explained by CAPTAIN JOE


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    Dear friends and followers welcome back to my channel! Today's video is about a very interesting topic, "How does WIFI work on airplanes?" I´m pretty sure many of you have seen advertisement for this new kind of service on aeroplanes. And a lot of airlines are suiting up the older and newer planes with WIFI antennas which are primarily installed on the upper part of the fuselage. If you´ve ever wondered what is below that little hump at the rear upper part of the fuselage, that´s the satellite antenna tracking Ka- or Ku-band satellites to receive and transmit your e-mails and other messages. And as you might not have known but airplane WiFi has been around since the mid 2000´s. At the time the ATG-system was state of the art, where you had two antennas installed on the airplane receiving and transmitting signals to land-based cell towers, very similar to the cellular network towers providing 4G LTE connection for your phone.
    Over time the system advanced as the ATG system only had a narrow bandwidth allowing only 3 MBit/s at the consumer, therefore the satellite-based technology came to play. The Ku-band was introduced which was formerly used by the military. A ground-based satellite dish/antenna, sends an uplink towards a satellite, which reflects the signal towards the aeroplane. On top of the plane sits the bulky rotary antenna, which is comparable to your TV satellite dish attached to your home. It picks up the signal which is transmitted in the 11-20 GHz range, decodes the signal via the onboard server and sends to the onboard WiFi router. The speed was a lot faster than the ATG system but top out at 40-50 MBit/s. Unfortunately the system has a few disadvantages, one of them to mention is that the speed got slower and slower the more airplanes were transmitting and receiving over the same satellite. And the other setback is the large antenna, increasing the airplane weight and aerodynamic drag, therefore resulting in a higher fuel consumption. And who has to pay for that? YOU, the passenger!
    Finally, I´ll mention the Ka-Band technology and what more is to come in the future.
    I hope you enjoy this video!
    Thanks for watching, all the best your "Captain" Joe
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soonsims
soonsims

Can you explain why we need to put devices in airplane mode if wifi is allowed on board?

Vor Tag
mrArchduke
mrArchduke

I've never been able to use the wifi on a plane mostly because I'm confused thinking we need airplane mode on.

Vor 3 Tage
Kyle Wijayatilleke
Kyle Wijayatilleke

Love the music in the intro 👍👍👍

Vor 4 Tage
UrfaceAndGetOutBro YoMaYoPa
UrfaceAndGetOutBro YoMaYoPa

You should not use WiFi on a plane

Vor 8 Tage
Wayne M
Wayne M

Capt. I take it none of this stuff has the potential to mess up the sensitive navigation systems on your aircraft?

Vor 9 Tage
Super Angry Penguin
Super Angry Penguin

Ku band ftw.

Vor 11 Tage
Nick eS
Nick eS

Love the channel and all the cool little tid bits of info you have taught. A lot of questions I didn;t know I wanted the answers too. Thanks you! I have some questions for a future video based of a part in this video, Is it possible to make call from a cell phone while flying? is there special equipment on board to make it possible? Could a satellite phone do it if the answers to the previous questions are "no"? Thanks again!

Vor 17 Tage
ONE NATION
ONE NATION

Your wife is so lucky Capt Joe

Vor 17 Tage
Sw Fan
Sw Fan

I just want to know if it is true that cellphone signal can interfere with the plane signal

Vor 17 Tage
Aleksandar
Aleksandar

1:50 3mBits enough for messages and emails... Lol, I remember gaming on dial up at 56kBits/s xD

Vor 18 Tage
L4ID 56
L4ID 56

1:48 Correction: the speed isn't megabytes per second, it's megabits per second when converted to megabytes is 0.125 megabytes per second, it's sort of a scam because most people think 1 Mbps is fast but notice the small letter b in Mbps and Megabytes is MBps and Megabits is Mbps

Vor 20 Tage
Arthur Lee
Arthur Lee

Haha my house WiFi can barely get a constant 1mb/s, God help Malaysian wifi😂😜

Vor 20 Tage
Marie BCFHS
Marie BCFHS

so forget about playing PvP games on planes because you would lose your ass off due to lag

Vor 23 Tage
Patrick Eruimy
Patrick Eruimy

Sehr interessant, danke. Wer nicht einmal im Flugzeug auf sein Smartphone verzichten kann, dem ist ohnehin nicht mehr zu helfen. Wer es erzwingen will, soll dafür zahlen.

Vor 25 Tage
Valu Miya
Valu Miya

So ppl... get yourselves a router booked at the airport (I love in SG whenever I travel by plane I will book it)

Vor 26 Tage
maff1917
maff1917

Mbit != Mbyte

Vor 26 Tage
hk081
hk081

Your German pronunciation is really good :)

Vor Monat
Joe Dover
Joe Dover

will wifi connection by hundreds of passengers affecting the pilot and aircraft communication?

Vor Monat
Chelsea Video HD
Chelsea Video HD

In Qatar airways there is wifi but it weak on airplane airbus 350 from oreedoo

Vor Monat
Ced 1
Ced 1

Why are we made to turn our phones off just before take-off and landing?

Vor Monat
Gaardian
Gaardian

Works on Alaskan Airlines.

Vor Monat
Bacha Bajceps
Bacha Bajceps

1:50 *megabits not megabyte's

Vor Monat
Madan Chikna
Madan Chikna

1:47 3 "MEGABITS", not "MEGABYTES" per second"

Vor Monat
elite falcon gaming
elite falcon gaming

Guys don’t criticize this guy for his small mistake between megabits and megabytes if you understand what’s he’s talking about then why is there any point in bringing so much attention to it some people are not as tech savvy as others some people don’t even understand how to use a smartphone

Vor Monat
Marco Damasio
Marco Damasio

This video is 7:37 minutes long. Should have been 10 seconds longer to be perfect

Vor Monat
benjamin mamistvalov
benjamin mamistvalov

Lol playing GTA ONLINE with that internet

Vor Monat
ham brgr
ham brgr

Thats cool ur an actual giant airship cap

Vor Monat
Nithin Varghese
Nithin Varghese

Captain joe,I have a question why does flights play music when we are onboard & how to become a pilot and the tests and courses too

Vor 2 Monate
Nicole Watterson Deutsch
Nicole Watterson Deutsch

Do you speak german?/ kannst du deutsch sprechen.

Vor 2 Monate
shadowmist
shadowmist

Mr. Captain Joe: you are constantly confusing megabytes (your words) and megabits (your diagram). There are 8 megabits in 1 megabyte. Otherwise great and informative video.

Vor 2 Monate
Paula Kristiana
Paula Kristiana

Norweigan had an a-okay wifi for everyone on board. But whatsapp doesnt work :(

Vor 2 Monate
Gab Bravo
Gab Bravo

huh... 7:37 LOL

Vor 2 Monate
SnyperJF
SnyperJF

Small correction: the ATG system picks up to 3 Mbits, which is not MEGABYTES as you mentioned, 3 mbits is equal to 0.375 Megabytes, so that's about 400 Kilobytes/s, same for the mobile phone, 40 megabits is not 40 megabytes, it is 8 times less, so that would come as 5 MB/s

Vor 2 Monate
km Han
km Han

한국인 모여라

Vor 2 Monate
Konsultarvode
Konsultarvode

Why do almost all people confuse wifi with internet?

Vor 2 Monate
igotanM16
igotanM16

Nah, I can live without internet for a couple hours. I'm good

Vor 3 Monate
Abdulmalik Sahal Sheikh
Abdulmalik Sahal Sheikh

Oh wow it's a great attention captain

Vor 3 Monate
Paul Paul
Paul Paul

why airline wifi is limited data!

Vor 3 Monate
Moe Alz
Moe Alz

very humble guy ! god bless you

Vor 3 Monate
kurzavas
kurzavas

It's not megabytes - it's megabits ;)

Vor 3 Monate
*Marlon Wood*
*Marlon Wood*

Nice video, but there's a difference between megabytes per second and megabits per second. 70 megabytes per second wouldn't even be possible.

Vor 3 Monate
Alexander Johnson
Alexander Johnson

How does WiFi work on airplanes? Well the simple answer is it doesn’t

Vor 3 Monate
Bill M
Bill M

Eva Air has internet must be ku band because there base is out of Taiwan

Vor 3 Monate
Adelman Robert
Adelman Robert

Romanian subtitles, please!

Vor 3 Monate
JustThaor
JustThaor

Megabits per second, not Megabytes per second. I wish LTE would be 40 MB

Vor 3 Monate
Robert M.
Robert M.

Ahhhhhh Mbits/s do not equal MB/s!!!

Vor 3 Monate
Dimitrie Pîrghie
Dimitrie Pîrghie

Similar to home internet: 70 MBit/s :)), @Captain Joe in Romania we have 1GBit/s internet speed almost in every home.

Vor 3 Monate
1creeperbomb M
1creeperbomb M

Pffft, streaming is overrated. Real men torrent before the flight *FBI walks in*

Vor 3 Monate
Joe Sniadecki
Joe Sniadecki

I loose my shit when he uses slang 😂😂😂

Vor 3 Monate
Bob Davis
Bob Davis

Love your channel. But I think I annoyed my flight attendant with my extensive knowledge of aircraft, airport, and flight procedures. As well as the fact I was carrying a mobile radio tuned to the local airport frequencies so I knew what was going on before they told everyone. Might have to dial it back in my next flight.

Vor 4 Monate
Tinku jiya chauhan
Tinku jiya chauhan

Thank u

Vor 4 Monate
Luke Hay
Luke Hay

lol top gun

Vor 4 Monate
Roma Videos HD
Roma Videos HD

why on qatar airways in airbus 340 there is wifi for 30 minutes sponserd from ooredoo

Vor 4 Monate
Crazy Clown
Crazy Clown

*KNOWROAMING IS SHIT, DO NOT USE*

Vor 4 Monate
Katze
Katze

So we are told you can't use our phone data because it can interfere with the plane, yet they have wireless in the plane...

Vor 4 Monate
Dylan Farrar
Dylan Farrar

Cell signals are different to WiFi signals...

Vor 11 Tage
NZXEagle
NZXEagle

Changi Airport’s wifi is fucking amazing

Vor 4 Monate
DMSG1981
DMSG1981

BITS!!! Mega BITS!!! You're off by factor 10

Vor 4 Monate
Ramandeep Singh
Ramandeep Singh

I m watching this over plane wifi in Emirates flight

Vor 4 Monate
warmfreeze
warmfreeze

Thats the first challenger 605 ive ever seen with honeywell engines O_o...@1:18

Vor 4 Monate
warmfreeze
warmfreeze

i install gogo on business jets.. one of the reasons it costs so much is the average subscription you can get with gogo sbb/atg is around $12,000/ month.

Vor 4 Monate
Vendras Panagiotis
Vendras Panagiotis

@Captain Joe 1:50 is not mb is mbit/sec (1b = 8 bits)

Vor 4 Monate
Stu B
Stu B

That was a really interesting video. Many thanks for that.

Vor 4 Monate
Samuel Ntiamoah
Samuel Ntiamoah

Captain Joe indeed u are really my roll model

Vor 4 Monate
Bob Brown
Bob Brown

I've used United WiFi Sydney to LAX and it's horrible. Sounds like they're using Ku band based on the description. Qantas promises being able to stream video so it sounds like they're using the hybrid system.

Vor 4 Monate
MD Najmul hasan
MD Najmul hasan

I. want to be a pilot. can u help me??

Vor 4 Monate
Magnito Leon
Magnito Leon

your such a nice guy thanks and keep it up

Vor 4 Monate
luis s.
luis s.

And I am at home with 1mb/s

Vor 4 Monate
Rob Scovell
Rob Scovell

So we will no longer be able to escape from the internet!

Vor 4 Monate
Junayd A.A
Junayd A.A

I once travelled in an emirates plane it was amazing, and it had fast Internet it allowed me to watch movies as well as watch youtube videos, I didn't notice the difference in speed compared to my home wifi.

Vor 4 Monate
Amol Amol
Amol Amol

Every 10minutes when plane is landing My House WiFi signal is dead. Why? Its so irritating

Vor 4 Monate
Iam Sam
Iam Sam

This is a good explanation considering this may not be entirely his area of expertise.

Vor 4 Monate
Orhun Kaptıkaçtı
Orhun Kaptıkaçtı

Very nice video but, pelase fix the parts where you are mentioning about megabytes.They are not megabytes you are talking, they are megabits. (1byte = 8 bit).

Vor 4 Monate
Ben Wyatt
Ben Wyatt

70mbit at home? Yeah right 30 max haha

Vor 4 Monate
Joshua Xiong
Joshua Xiong

1:45 You said megabyte but it says Mbit/s (megabit). Different.

Vor 4 Monate
bhsbass
bhsbass

Ka/Ku sounds like radar detector bands...

Vor 4 Monate
sosichan
sosichan

I bet internet in Airlines is stil better and will get better than internet in german trains.....

Vor 4 Monate
IndigoOcean
IndigoOcean

I have been on an EVA air flight with wifi and it only cost I think, 2.99$ CAD

Vor 5 Monate
Sajid Chishti
Sajid Chishti

Thanks Captain Joe, very informative information i am a big fan of yours now. Stay blessed Captain!

Vor 5 Monate
Vojtěch Flídr
Vojtěch Flídr

I need to disappoint you, both Ka and Ku Band services don't not really work on the satellite base, because Earth is flat and there are no satellites in the space. How could they pass Thermosphere you dummys? Just think about it. That is why these services sucks. If we really are able to get the satellites to the space,Wi-Fi on the airplanes wouldn't be bad, it would be actually really good and effective. What does this privileged white male freaking thinks about himself?

Vor 5 Monate
Grumpy Mc Fudge
Grumpy Mc Fudge

Not many uk aircraft have wifi BA if your lucky the budget planes lucky if you get a seat he works for cargolux now

Vor 5 Monate
Rafael Jimenez
Rafael Jimenez

Very informative

Vor 5 Monate
Alok Dwivedi
Alok Dwivedi

Hello joe. Can you plz tell us how a turbo prop engine creates thrust. I have seen turboprops still during landing several times.

Vor 5 Monate
valerinof deog
valerinof deog

And space x is coming with starlink system,,future is bright

Vor 5 Monate
PutoQuienLoLea
PutoQuienLoLea

Any ways even if you have the ka-band it dosent help if your plane has a router thats working on 2.4 ghz band that can only supports like 16 divices talking at the same with out any problem, if oyu have more the other devices need to wait his turn to talk to router vene if you have a bounch of repeter or AP (Access Points) there is a limit of how many wifi networks you have near each orther, if you have too many the start to cross talk and talking over each other. But in 5 ghz it kinda fixes the problem, the ap can talk to 2 devices at the same time soo you can get like 32 devices conected at the same time in the 5ghz range and other 16 in the 2.4 but it comes the same problem from before you cant have too many AP(Access points). The plane i think uses a buissnes grade ap solution with better logic to optimize the wifi but in the long therm you will face the same problem like before. Thats why even if you have 70 mbit internet connection you will suffer from high latency becose the ap is busy talking to other devices and slow speed becose of high nomber of devices

Vor 5 Monate
Euree Evan
Euree Evan

mehh 3 mb is still faster than any wifi on Philippines..... all I hate in the Philippines is the slow Internet connection....

Vor 5 Monate
Ryder Walker
Ryder Walker

Thank you for the videos your an amazing pilot and have an amazing youtube channel

Vor 5 Monate
gonnahavemesomefun
gonnahavemesomefun

Hey Cpt Joe, I have a new question for you... (another great video btw): we must turn our phones to airplane mode before taxiing, what’s up with that? :-) ...and do we really need to? I must admit to forgetting once or twice - am I putting the plane in danger and if so why don’t they use a detector to alert the pilot to phones not on airplane mode :-/

Vor 5 Monate
Oriol Borràs
Oriol Borràs

When I'm on a plane why the mobile phone don't detect GPS signal ? Supposedly You are nearer to GPS satelites up in the Air ?

Vor 5 Monate
Dylan Farrar
Dylan Farrar

The plane blocks GPS signals from reaching satellites, if you hold your phone near a window you may be able to get GPS

Vor 11 Tage
Scientific Humanist
Scientific Humanist

I’d rather look at our planet from above than watch another stupid movie, anyway. What a wondrous sight! 😳

Vor 5 Monate
anticooperativ
anticooperativ

are you German?

Vor 5 Monate
Nicolas Lacroix
Nicolas Lacroix

Can I take my ps4 and play online inside the plane?

Vor 5 Monate
bryan ogrady
bryan ogrady

A byte ( 8 bits) is a unit of memory size in computers; a bit is the smallest unit of data - data speed is quoted in bits per second.

Vor 5 Monate
akshay shetty
akshay shetty

Plz explain how does your nav radar work !!!

Vor 5 Monate
Moinuddin Goni Chowdhury
Moinuddin Goni Chowdhury

Is work WiFi at CH 12? My Books COMPUTER & NETWORKS FLY LAN 1997 Years Netherlands University Foysal Musicians Modernbeats.com is this True Movies Song 119 minute Musicians Cubase Steinberg is Greater then money maker?

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Moinuddin goni Chowdhury Foysal
Moinuddin goni Chowdhury Foysal

Is work WiFi at Ch12? Foysal

Vor 5 Monate
Lisa Fortnite
Lisa Fortnite

How do airplanes get there call sign

Vor 5 Monate
graycloud057
graycloud057

Cap’n Joe, love the Chanel! All the best!

Vor 5 Monate
Thermic
Thermic

So.. Which region would I select for a game?

Vor 5 Monate
the silent farmer
the silent farmer

sorry for the dumb question. but why would i use the onboard wifi when i have mobile data on my phone ?

Vor 5 Monate
Dylan Farrar
Dylan Farrar

Because you don't get data on planes. There is no signal

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