A Smooth Wi-Fi Experience is a Must for Increasing Infotainment Demands

  • With rail passengers demanding an Internet connection that is smooth enough to quickly search for information, view videos online, and connect to their company's online data, it is more essential than ever for rail operators to provide a stable onboard Wi-Fi network. An unstable or difficult to access Wi-Fi connection will leave passengers with a bad impression of the service offered by the rail company, and have a decidedly negative effect on their overall travel experience.


    What Can You Do with an Onboard Wi-Fi Network?

  • Delivering smooth Wi-Fi access is critical for onboard rail networks. Onboard environments have limited space and are prone to severe vibrations, making it more difficult to design a good Wi-Fi network, and requiring wireless devices tailor-made to ensure system stability. In addition, wireless devices that are used onboard must be able to ensure that every passenger has enough bandwidth and secure network access, without having to worry about being hacked.

    Challenges for Constructing a Smooth Wi-Fi Experience

    Four critical challenges need to be solved to offer a smooth Wi-Fi experience:


    Harsh Onboard Environments

    Equipment used onboard a moving train must be resistant to shocks and vibrations to ensure continuous system operation. For wireless devices, the antenna and Ethernet port are the main portholes for delivering Internet access to passengers and connecting with back-end systems. A rugged design is essential to prevent the antenna and Ethernet cable from getting disconnected, which would cause a sudden interruption in network access.

    Unstable Connectivity in High Density Environments

    On high-density trains, each car can seat hundreds of passengers, most of whom are expecting Internet access to read emails or watch online videos. In order to make the proper bandwidth calculations and optimize performance, onboard network designers need to know what kind of applications passengers are accustomed to using over the Internet to eliminate the possibility that any of the train's passengers will be bothered by unstable Internet access.


    Don't Get Overloaded with a Single Access Point

    Two wireless access points installed in a single carriage can provide sufficient bandwidth for all passengers. However, without a proper network design, passengers’ mobile devices congregating in a carriage will connect to a particular AP in the area, causing slow connections or even no connection for some passengers and leaving other APs with light loads.


    Public Wi-Fi Hotspot

    Any device that connects to onboard APs belongs to the same network with onboard systems such as broadcast and other control systems. Public network environments must be protected from hackers to ensure the safety of onboard systems connected to the same network topology, as well as the privacy of passengers who access the train's Wi-Fi APs.


    Tailor-Made AWK-RCC Series Wi-Fi Devices Ensure the Best User Experience

    Moxa’s AWK-RCC series devices are tailor-made for onboard Internet access and to provide fast and secure hotspots for passengers on trains. The benefits of the AWK-RCC series includes:


    Best Design for Onboard Applications

    The AWK-RCC series has built-in M12 connectors to ensure that onboard networks stay connected and QMA ports deliver continuous Internet access under the constant vibration and shock common in onboard environments. Download the white paper to learn more.

    Stable and Concurrent Wi-Fi Access

    To ensure stable Internet access in high density environments, the AWK-RCC series has been optimized and tested to achieve up to 60 links from a single device, letting each of these 60 passengers enjoy stable Internet access, at the same time. Download the white paper to learn more.


    Even Bandwidth Distribution for all APs

    To provide maximum bandwidth for all onboard mobile devices and enable even distribution of these devices in a high-density environment, the AWK-RCC series supports an effective client load balancing feature that distributes bandwidth evenly for all passengers. Download the white paper to learn more.


    Secure Wi-Fi Access

    The AWK-RCC series supports wireless client isolation to prevent both on-board systems and passenger's mobile deceives from directly communicating with each other on the same network. This provides an added layer of protection against passengers gaining access to other devices for malicious purposes. Download the white paper to learn more.


Products:

    AWK-3131-RCC Series

    Onboard Single Radio 802.11a/b/g/n 

  • Designed specifically for rail carriage-to-carriage communication
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compliant
  • Up to 300 Mbps data rate
  • MIMO technology increases data throughput and range
  • Compliant with essential sections of EN 50155
  • M12 anti-vibration connectors
  • -40 to 75°C operating temperature range (T models)
    AWK-5232-RCC Series

    Onboard Dual Radio 802.11a/b/g/n

  • Designed specifically for rail carriage-to-carriage communication
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compliant
  • Dual-radio design: 2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz RF bands
  • Redundant power inputs and PoE+
  • Up to 300 Mbps data rate
  • M12 anti-vibration connectors
  • MIMO technology increases data throughput and range
  • Complies with a portion of EN 50155 specifications
  • -40 to 75°C operating temperature range
    ToughNet Series

    Onboard EN 50155 Ethernet Switches

  • Designed for rolling stock backbone networks
  • Dual bypass relay
  • Isolated power input range from 24 to 110 VDC
  • Compliant with essential sections of EN 50155
  • -40 to 75°C operating temperature range
  • Turbo Ring and RSTP/STP for network redundancy
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