Brian Staik

Brian Staik is a Systems Integration Engineer at SmartSky Networks where he supports integration of aircraft cabin systems within the SmartSky Networks architecture. Mr. Staik has an extensive background in electronics and telecommunications with a primary concentration in aviation Satcom and aircraft cabin systems.
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Network Characteristics: The Importance of Return Link Capacity

Posted by Brian Staik on Sep 6, 2018 11:58:54 AM

You might not give much thought to your Internet connection's overall speed, but you probably do pay attention to your overall user experience. Most people think speed tests are the key to putting a measurable quantity on user experience – and most only pay attention to the speed to the user, not the speed from the user to the provider. You might be surprised to learn that in addition to latency, upload speed, or speed from the user to the provider, is key to a great Internet experience.

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Network Characteristics: How Latency Affects User Experience

Posted by Brian Staik on Aug 10, 2018 2:03:51 PM

Everyone agrees that in aviation today, we struggle with connectivity when comparing the Internet service we have at home to that available in flight. What isn’t agreed to is the reason why the experience on board an aircraft is so less satisfying than what we expect. Oftentimes, people point solely to bandwidth, or the “size of the pipe” to the aircraft available to move data from Point A to Point B. If connectivity was basic plumbing with one-way water flow, this may be true, but connectivity experience depends on two-way communication between Point A and Point B. This is when latency enters the equation.

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