Communicator

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A '''communicator''' is a small transmitter and receiver that sends signals through [[subspace]], allowing real-time communications between an orbiting [[starship]] and an [[away team]] on a planet's surface.
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A '''communicator''' is a small transmitter and receiver that sends signals through [[subspace]], allowing real-time communications between an orbiting [[starship]] and an [[away team]] on a planet's surface. A communicator can also serve as a [[information security|security token]], allowing restricted commands -- such as control of security force fields -- to be issued by voice through the communicator (TNG "The Hunted").
  
 
While they have at least enough range to reach a ship in orbit, communicator transmissions do not penetrate dense materials well.  If a starship's internal communication system fails, individual communicators are not sufficient to provide ship-wide communication through the ship's bulkheads.  A variety of other phenomena, including electromagnetic radiation and various types of particle radiation, can interfere with communicator transmissions.
 
While they have at least enough range to reach a ship in orbit, communicator transmissions do not penetrate dense materials well.  If a starship's internal communication system fails, individual communicators are not sufficient to provide ship-wide communication through the ship's bulkheads.  A variety of other phenomena, including electromagnetic radiation and various types of particle radiation, can interfere with communicator transmissions.

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