We decided to no longer produce our popular ADL200 and concentrate on the ADL190.
Here we would like to explain why we think this is the best choice:
1) 5G Transition
The cellular module of the ADL200 supports only 2G, 3G and 4G. With the introduction
of 5G it will not be able to communicate with all base station any more, thus reducing
potential coverage step by step. So a redesign and recertification for 5G
would be required.
2) Parts supply
Supply of 4G modules is running out. We would have to order a new larger batch
of those obsolete parts, which we decided would not be wise to do.
3) iOS Changes allowing simultaneous WiFi and cellular connections
In the past iOS would not allow an app to use the cellular connection via the
SIM card of the iPad or iPhone while connected to a WiFi. This meant that the
ADL device required a cellular connection to allow simultaneous satellite and
Now this changed and with the right connection the ADLConnect app is able to
download weather using the SIM card of the iOS device even when connected to the
ADL device WiFi.
4) Recovering additional cost of cellular hardware
The ADL200 hardware was 300 Euro before tax more expensive than an ADL190.
This means to break even financially, the ADL200 would have to save 300 Euro in
satellite charges compared to an ADL190. With 20 downloads per month included in
the continuous serivce plan, it is impossible to even make good a single Euro unless
the monthly allowed is exceeded. Nearly all customers get along with those 20
downloads and as a result never break even. Those few exceeding the included
download volume only do so occasionally and at 0,99 Euro per download before VAT
would have to save over 300 downloads using cellular which in our experience is
5) ADL190 FIS-B Feature
Through some clever reprogramming we did managed to enable the FIS-B weather data
interface to many Garmin systems using a normal ADL190. This is not possible with
the ADL200 and an additonal quite expensive ADLS1G box is required in those cases.
So the ADL190 is less expensive and many of the cellular benefits of the ADL200
can now be handled directly by the iPad or iPhone. Those devices now also come as
5G versions while the ADL200 is 4G only. So we recommand all customers thinking about
an ADL200 to actually get an ADL190.