Fortunately, the ARINCDirect Network Analyzer application can be downloaded to your iPhone or iPad for free from the Apple Store. After scanning for all devices connected to the aircraft wifi network, the tool captures a list that allows the user to determine which devices are truly using data. This proves to be valuable information when troubleshooting unknown data usage.
The next potential problem with connected devices is background data usage for things like streaming music and photo library synchronizations, social media data push notifications, and updates to software across multiple devices. These are just a few of the heavy hitters that burn up data. Fortunately, ARINCDirect offers the Dashboard tool that provides operational information for the entire aircraft at a glance.
The Dashboard tool is a true multitasker, but for today's topic, it is important to know that you can monitor the amount of data used in real-time as well as what types of apps are using that data. This data can be broken down to show the past 60 days or simply today's flight. The tool shows the amount of data used which helps determine whether background processes or intentional internet data usage is at play. A visual representation of how the data was used during the time period is also provided.