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Are you asking about inflight internet access?? The answer to that question is a satelite..  This is also how they are going to allow cell phones on flights..

Connexion By Boeing, the mobile information services division of the aircraft manufacturer, is providing the infrastructure that allows two-way-live data between the plane and the ground, with speeds of 3 Mbps downstream and 128 Kbps upstream. Cisco Systems is providing the technology for the onboard network with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) compliant wireless connectivity, in addition to Ethernet connectors in the passenger seats (in first and business class). The service will be delivered at no extra charge to passengers, with plans to offer wireless to economy seat passengers too as the trial progresses.

Connexion By Boeing has received to go ahead from the US Federal Aviation Administration to use WiFi networks with satellite links aboard planes, after satisfying the authority that the technology is safe.

Five Cisco Aironet 350 Series Access Points have been fitted throughout the plane, along with one Cisco 3640 Router and nine Cisco Catalyst 3548 XL Series Switches. The Cisco standard equipment has been modified, tested and certified by Lufthansa to meet civil aviation regulations.

The passenger trial on the Frankfurt, Germany to Washington, DC route will last for three months. If successful, Lufthansa hopes to roll out broadband connectivity on its entire intercontinental fleet over the next two years.

they are using just standard equipment on board..

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Yeah the speeds are not going to be great.. satelite has tons of lag.. and you are on a moving object..

As far as the equipment is would be 802.11b using cisco equipment.. I am sure that other services will use other equipment.. but if you are flying on a plane that is using the Boeing system it is going to be cisco based..

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