Floating London airport proposal to replace Heathrow

Floating London airport proposal by Gensler

A pretty amazing proposal…

The proposal comes as the UK government looks at ways to increase airport capacity in south-east England. Called London Britannia Airport, it would comprise four floating runways tethered to the seabed and departure concourses leading to underwater rail tunnels, which would connect passengers to central London as well as European rail networks.

Passengers coming by car would travel to three land-based terminals – two located north and south of the estuary and a third proposed between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park. The proposal also includes plans to transform Heathrow Airport into an eco city providing homes for 300,000 people.

via Floating London airport proposal by Gensler.

How to extend your Airport network over ethernet


Airport Express v2 problems extending...: Apple Support Communities

Here’s a great tip for anyone trying to use the ‘extend a wireless network’ option using an Airport Express, what should have been a simple standard Apple like experience has previously left me without a working network and randomly unplugging cables before.

The reason is that Apple thinks that extending a network should be done wirelessly, and that if you have your Airport Express plugged into your network, it will send out all kinds of strange calls that will effectively knock you offline (I believe its something to do with both boxes running DHCP, the service to allocate IP addresses to clients).

So you’ve got an easy choice, unplug the ethernet and all will work again. However, if you’re anything like me, you already have your house wired up with far superior ethernet, and want to simply extend the network into a different location over cat5 rather than rely on the fragile Wifi signals. The answer is surprisingly simple, just create a new network, but make sure it is using the exact same settings and passwords as the original, that way clients will happily pick the basestation with the stronger signal, and avoid having to configure all your devices for another network.

Finally you will want to drop into the Network menu in Airport Utility and configure the router mode to ‘Off’ and don’t forget to setup a 5ghz wireless network under ‘wireless’ and ‘wireless options’. This does create other network, but the speed advantages are substancial and can help cut through areas where the are lots of 2.4ghz networks operating (but not all hardware can support it so it’s good to use both).

via Apple Support Communities.

Saab’s remote air traffic control tower with panoramic views

Brilliant idea for remote locations, I just hope their data connection is stable!

From the layman’s perspective, few of the many cogs that keep planes in the sky and airports running safely could use a 21st-century upgrade more than the age-old air traffic control tower. Saab unveiled its vision of the future last year with its remote tower (or r-TWR) — a system that provides a 360-degree live video feed of an airport to offsite monitoring stations — and now we’re one step closer to seeing the technology deployed at runways across the world. The company has announced that the system is going to be trialed later this year by Norwegian airport operator Avinor to monitor and control an isolated heliport from the company’s facilities in Bodø, about 60 miles away.

via The Verge.

Apple launches new iOS-like Airport Utility

A nice improvement to the Airport app for any Apple Time Capsule or Airport Express owner, brings the desktop app into line with the iOS app.

This update is for all 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models. It fixes an issue with wireless performance and provides support for remote access to an AirPort disk or a Time Capsule hard drive with an iCloud account.

The update also includes minor firmware updates, so get updating your hardware.

Control your AirPort network devices directly from your iPhone

An interesting new feature available with the new iOS update for the iPhone

Use AirPort Utility to manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule — right from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. Change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more.

via App Store

Monitor your Apple Airports with iNet network tool

Whilst poking around my home network I like to use an app for the Mac called iNet developed by BananaGlue, it’s really useful for scanning a network to discover each machines IP and Mac address, super useful if you’re like me and access machines via Remore Desktop.

I only today noticed an awesome new feature, the Airport Monitor. Simply put it allows you to monitor all the apple network airport you have connected.

Over time I’ve been converted over to using the Airport Express and Time Capsule after suffering many years for poorly designed and some what unreliable networking equipment from the likes of Netgear and Linksys.

Now iNet adds a new insight into what each airport is going, how it’s connected and the throughput you’re getting on your network. It’s also a great tool for monitoring how good the connections between your clients are.

If you have a network of apple products, it’s highly recommended.