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Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal
 Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal - Complete Package
 MPN: 403710A-00700
Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal

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Sales Discontinued
Replaced by the Explorer 510

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Rent for $5 per day

The Explorer 500 is a popular mid-sized BGAN terminal with broadband Internet speeds 94.5% as fast as the fastest BGAN terminal. This is the terminal to purchase if traveling to extreme weather environments but you don't want WiFi (the new Explorer 510 does include WiFi).

Explorer 500 Features
Very reliable in all weather & conditions
464 down x 448 up Kbps broadband Internet speeds
Easy to point. Can be operated by anyone
Works with any standard analog phone
Battery Life - 36 hours idle
(normal operation)
Internet, Phone, SMS Texting, Email, Voicemail, Fax

Extreme Ruggedness for Extreme Environments
The Explorer 500 is a time tested ruggedized BGAN terminal for use in any weather in any location. Frozen tundra, blazing deserts, excessively humid rainforests... the Explorer 500 has been used by 1000's to keep them connected to the world at the touch of a button. With an exceptional Ingress rating of IP 54, the terminal is protected from splashing water and dust from any direction. The Explorer 500 does not have an integrated wireless access point, but this has not kept it from being one of the most popular BGAN terminals for all industries and professions.

How to point and use an Explorer 500 BGAN terminal

The Explorer 500 Easy-Use Display

Explorer 500 Display

Pointing the Explorer 500
1. Turn power on by pressing the power button.
2. An audible signal strength tone will sound, and the display will show a signal strength.
3. Sweep the sky with the terminal until the signal strength readings increase.
4. Get the highest signal strength possible, and then press OK (register) button.
5. Run the BGAN Launchpad software from a connected laptop to connect to the Internet.

(Ground Control can configure the Explorer 500 to auto-connect by just pressing the "OK" Register button. No need to use the Launchpad utility. Please request Auto-Connect when ordering).

Once the BGAN terminal display shows it is connected, simply plug the Ethernet cable from the terminal to your laptop... that's it! Access the Internet and email the way you normally would.

Explorer 500 Features
Delivers high-speed Internet of up to 464 Kbps.
Compact. 8.5" x 8.5" x 2.0" (217 x 217 x 52mm). Fits in a small laptop case.
Lightweight - 3.3 lbs (1.5 kgs)
Outdoor safe - Good Ingress rating of IP54 - Built for extreme weather
Operates in -13° F to +131° F degrees (-25° to +55° C).
Internet service can be usage based, or pre-paid using standard BGAN Service Plans.
Directly connect any standard corded or cordless phone into the RJ-11 phone jack
Calls are $0.99 cents per minute to any standard phone worldwide. Free incoming calls
SMS messages are $0.50 cents w/free incoming messages (iPhone texts are not charged)
Night friendly LCD backlit display with 4 button controls and advanced menu options
Intuitive browser interface screens for advanced controls
One button no-laptop auto-connect auto-activate configurations - offered at no cost.
Built-in bluetooth for cordless phone operation
Li-Ion battery will last 36 hours in idle mode

Explorer 500 Contents Explorer 500 Complete Package Contents
Explorer 500 BGAN terminal
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
AC/DC 110-240 VAC power supply
Ethernet (2m) cables
User documnetation and softare available online here.

BGAN Explorer 500 Brochure
Explorer 500 Users Manual

Explorer 500 Brochure

Explorer 500 Used by Group
Explorer 500 Military Use
Explorer 500 BGAN fitting into laptop case
The Explorer 500 is connected by an Ethernet cable
The Explorer 500 BGAN being used on a boat for phone communication
The Explorer 500 is very easy to operate
The Explorer 500 can be connected to a wireless router
Hughes 9202 in the field

Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal Photos    
Hughes 9211 Views   One-Button Online
This Explorer 500 uses a wireless router for any in-range devices to connect. The new Explorer 510 terminal does include WiFi, and it's a bit less expensive than the 500.
The Explorer 300 and 500 BGAN systems have proven to operate quite well in polar regions. We recommend purchasing more than one battery or a solar recharger if you are in no-power locations.
Remote BGAN Use in the desert   Hughes 9211 Fixed or In-Motion External Antenna Options
BGAN terminals are used by many military organizations. Many use the BGAN terminal as a personal communications tool no matter where they are stationed on the planet.
The Explorer 500 is 94.5% as fast as the fastest BGAN. News broadcasters will often use BGAN terminals to upload recorded video on location. For broadcasters that wish to stream live video, we recommend researching the Explorer 710 or the Hughes 9211 for their superior streaming capabilities.
Hughes 9211 Broadcasting   Hughes 9211 Internet Access
This Explorer 500 is connected to a small router that allows many connected laptops to be online at the same time.
The Explorer 500 is rated to operate between -13°F to +131°F (-25°C to +55°C)
Hughes 9211 Broadcasting   Hughes 9211 Internet Access
This BGAN Explorer 500 is used on an anchored boat on a river. The BGAN Explorer 300 and 500 have shown to work well if motion is limited on water. Open ocean use is also possible
This person uses a standard analog phone plugged directly into the BGAN terminal. BGAN terminals have excellent voice quality with a fairly low latency time (about 1 to 1.5 seconds).
Hughes 9211 Broadcasting   Hughes 9211 Internet Access
Ground Control offers BGAN Ready Cases for all BGAN terminals, including the Explorer 500. These hardened cases include everything needed to create a mobile office
BGAN coverage is world-wide except for the poles. Please take a look at the. BGAN Coverage Map. You may connect with any of the 3 BGAN satellites at any time, with no plan changes, or system reconfigurations.

BGAN Service Plans - Global Use
BGAN Sim Card The Explorer 500 Terminal Uses BGAN Service Plans - more

Explorer 500 Accessories
BGAN Sim Card
   BGAN Service Sim Card
BGAN Service
All BGAN Terminals require an active account, or "Sim Card" in order to operate. Ground Control offers usage only or Pre-Paid plans with your purchased BGAN equipment.

BGAN Service
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2-Wire Phone
2-Wire Corded Phone Handset
While you may use any standard 2-wire phone with this terminal, this handset phone from Cobham Satcom doesn't require a cradle, and has been designed for use with any BGAN terminal. Brochure
MPN-403625B BGANAE004
Price $154 USD

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Explorer 300 - 500 Vehicle DC Adapter
DC Vehicle Adapter for Explorer 300/500/700/710
This adapter fits in any vehicle 12volt or 24 volt power port. Run or recharge any Explorer terminal. Click for larger photo.
MPN-403650A-009 SKU-BGANAE002
Price $67 USD

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Explorer 300-500 BGAN Battery
Explorer 300/500 Li-Ion Battery (Extra or replacement)
Keep an extra battery for your Explorer 300 or 500 BGAN terminal. Good to have when your primary battery runs low in a no-power location. Rated at 11.1 Volts 2200 mHh (24 Wh) Click for larger photo.
Price $194 USD

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BGAN External Battery
External Li-Ion Battery - Like having +6 batteries!
Power any BGAN terminal with this external battery pack for added hours of operation. This battery is rated at an impressive 153 watt hours giving any BGAN tremendous operational life. The watt hour rating of the Explorer 500 24 watt hours, so this battery extends battery life by 6.3 times!

Price $277 USD

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Explorer 500 BGAN Ready Case
Complete Explorer 500 In A Hardened Ready Case
A large sized all-weather sealed case. This is a complete mobile office package that includes, the Explorer 500, cabling, analog phone, and documentation on a thumbdrive. Great for traveling into extreme environments, or long term storage.

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Long Range Cordless Phone for BGAN
Long Range Cordless Phone(s) with Watertight Base Case
These rugged cordless phones stay connected up to 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the BGAN terminal. Simply plug the phone cord from the watertight base-station/case into the BGAN phone jack and turn it on... no other configuration is required. Handsets are perfect for working indoors or anything that requires phone connectivity at distance from the BGAN terminal.

Price $1,995 USD

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BGAN Sim Card
Extra BGAN Sim Card
Carry a spare BGAN SIM Card as a backup to your primary account. Card may be be swapped with primary card in any BGAN terminal. Separate accounts, or just have in case you need to recharge your suspended primary account. More on BGAN Sim Cards
Price $50 USD

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Explorer 300-500 Power Adapter
Explorer 300/500 AC/DC Power Adapter
This replacement power adapter may be used in 110 or 220 volt AC wall current for the both Explorer 300 and 500 BGAN terminals.
Price $165 USD

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pole mounting
Pole/Wall Mounting Bracket for the Explorer 300/500
This bracket keeps an Explorer unit in a fixed location with minimal impact on the structure. MPN-403650A-922 SKU-BGANAE003
Price $176 USD

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BGAN Optimized Laptop
BGAN Optimized Laptop
Cut online usage to a trickle with a BGAN optimized laptop. This Windows 7 computer monitors usage, reduces email and web data, as well as provide other options such as video conferencing. All the tools needed to make the BGAN experience exceptional.
Information on the BGAN Optimized Laptop
Price $699 USD

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62 Watt Foldable Solar Panel
80 Watt Foldable Solar Panel
Charge your Explorer 500 BGAN terminal with a 80 watt foldable solar panel in no-power locations.

Price $445 USD

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BGAN Explorer 300 Extended Warranty
Extended Warranties - Explorer 500
3 year (12 month extension), and 5 year (36 month extension) extended warranties on equipment are available for the Explorer 500 BGAN terminal. MPN-SMN-85300, MPN-SMN-85500

3 Year $339 USD
5 Year $821 USD
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 The Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal Specifications

Explorer 500 Documentation
BGAN Explorer 500 Brochure Explorer 500 Getting Started Explorer 500 Users Manual Explorer 700 Detailed Specifications Explorer 2-wire Phone
500 Brochure 500 Getting Started 500 Users Manual 500 Detailed Specs 2-wire Handset

Why Choose Ground Control?
While there are other resellers you could choose to purchase your BGAN equipment and service from... with Ground Control, you are working with a BGAN Internet Service Provider and not just a reseller. We also provide a no-cost BGAN Firewall option for high-security, and Auto-Registration pre-configuration for one-button activations... and many many other benefits. Please speak with a Ground Control sales representative to help you find the most cost effective satellite communications solution for any situation.

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