The Etherlink's transmission mechanism operates on the basis of photonic wormholes: subatomic-sized entangled singularities that allow the passage of photons between remote points in space. When the wormhole is opened up, photons are passed through and entangled, establishing a connection that can then be used to transmit information. An added bonus of this direct, stable link is a total lack of environmental interference.
Etherlink communications are facilitated by securing both ends of a quan, or direct quantum connection. If both ends of an attempted communication link possess each other's quan, they can communicate with each other directly without any trouble except encryption/decryption issues on either end. Since a direct mutual quan is end-to-end with no physical transmission, it is virtually unhackable (except on either endpoint, of course.)
More commonly, to communicate with a given party, a user is required to use a network connection. The user sends a message through the quan of an Etherlink nexus, which is shunted around the nexus system until it reaches a nexus with the other party’s quan and is sent to them. This is a more vulnerable method of information transit, as there is an in-between where messages can be intercepted.
- Thyoran-Aehr Cooperative FTL-Comm Research Initiative
- Access & Availability
- Thanks to its nature, the Etherlink is reliably accessible even in the most remote part of the galaxy as long as the user has a quan to at least one nexus. EL-quan-equipped communication devices are also extremely affordable and relatively easy to manufacture, which is a boon to the outer regions of the galaxy.