Auto-Pointing Multi-Purpose Instant Anywhere Broadband Internet & Phone
The MCD-4800 "Mobile Communications Device", also known as "The Football", is an auto-pointing BGAN satellite terminal that requires no user training to operate. Simply place the weather-tight case on the ground, or on a boat deck, or on any surface with a clear view of the sky, rain or shine, anywhere in the world and turn it on - no pointing necessary. Within a minute the MCD-4800 becomes a powerful WiFi hotspot accessable by any wireless device within a 100 meter range for up to 5 hours on internal battery power. This auto-pointing solution uses the high performance Hughes 9450 in-motion BGAN terminal integrated with our proprietary mobile electronics for a ruggedized self-contained, in-field, user-friendly global communications link. New Features
Using the MCD-4800 Auto-Pointing BGAN Terminal
The MCD-4800 Front Panel
While the MCD-4800 is primaily used as a wireless hotspot, the front panel includes a weather sealed Ethernet port and a phone port for a standard phone. The charge port has a watertight seal for several external power sources such as a portable solar panel, external battery, or vehicle power adapter. The display shows current system status and remaining battery power and a light sensor allows the display to be backlit at night (backlight may be enabled/disabled). The MCD-4800 only has one button, the power button located inside of the case. New features for 2015 now shipping
Global Service for the MCD-4800
The service area of the MCD-4800 is global except for extreme polar regions. If the system is located within any of the colored regions above, you may connect at broadband speeds. The MCD-4800 uses BGAN service plans available from Ground Control or other BGAN service provider for Internet, phone, SMS messaging and many other communication services. For more information on the MCD-4800 service area, please visit the BGAN coverage map.
Built For Extreme Environments
The MCD-4800 is enclosed in a watertight hardened plastic Pelican case, and the case lid does not need to be opened in order for it to fully function. It operates in heavy rain, and will transmit with 20mm of ice buildup before transmission issues. We recommend the case lid be slightly opened for venting for long duration use in warm weather to avoid heat buildup inside the case.
No pointing or aiming. Simply turn the unit on under an open sky.
Connects automatically with any one of 3 BGAN satellites for near 100% global service.
The MCD-4800 is a Ground Control integrated manufactured solution, supported by us 24/7.
New Improved "Gen II" Features for the MCD-4800
Internal power button - Lighted on/off button (replaces external keyed power switch).
Internal components ruggedized.
WiFi antenna now accessible - Optional high-gain antenna for increased WiFi range.
Improved AC/DC charging system: > One power supply replaces the two chargers used in Gen 1 model. > Fast charge time of 4 hours on a discharged battery. > Built-in automatic maintenance mode for long term storage charging.
Backlit display for night use. Shows power remaining. Can be enabled/disabled.
High contrast daylight display for easy reading in any light.
Easy BGAN SIM card insertion & removal. Requires no tools.
MCD-4800 is a compact 25 lbs (11.4 kg) hardened watertight "Flyaway Case", easily transported and operated by anyone. An excellent solution for oil rigs, mining, public safety, military, global travel, ocean going vessels, or any other communications need that requires an easy, instant, no-hassle global broadband hotspot.
The MCD-4800 uses the Inmarsat BGAN satellite network for broadband Internet connectivity. It then creates a 100 meter (328 feet) Wi-Fi access point in seconds for any wireless device to connect. Wi-Fi is helpful if users wish to be inside or move around a structure untethered from the case.
The external panel includes a sealed RJ-45 Ethernet port, an RJ-11 phone port, a light sensor to backlight the display at night, a charge port, and a battery status display... all are fully sealed from any weather.
The MCD-4800 case does not need to stay opened in order to operate. Simply press the power button (inside the case) and 60 seconds later it will become a wireless hotspot anywhere on the globe for up to 5 hours on the internal battery.
The power button for the MCD-4800 is inside of the case. Simply press the button to turn the system on. No other action is required for establishing a WiFi hotspot. The SIM card tray is also easily accessed from just inside the case lid.
The 802.11 WiFi antenna is mounted next to the dome. Antennas use an RP-SMA connector and can be fitted with an optional 15dBi high-gain antenna for increased WiFi range.
Connecting a wireless device such as laptops, smartphones or tables to the MCD-4800 is as easy as selecting it from available access points. Wireless security is configurable from a web interface and includes MAC address filtering.
The MCD-4800 main interface is accessed via any connected browser. Status screens show battery life, internal temperature, and links the Hughes 9450 web interface for usage totals, parameter configurations including streaming services, static IP configuration, and SMS messaging.
The MCD-4800 uses the Hughes 9450 in-motion BGAN terminal. The 9450 web interface provides informative screens, such as "Usage Statistics" shown here that can will give you an approximate amount of usage the terminal has done in a session, and over it's lifetime. Click here for a larger Usage Statistics Screen.
A watertight cap protects the RJ-45 Ethernet port from the elements. A laptop or router may be connected directly to the MCD-4800. Public IP addresses are available. Ethernet lengths can be up to 328 feet (100 meters). Specially designed waterproof Ethernet connectors are available for this RJ-45 port to use with your Ethernet cable.
While the MCD-4800 is designed for Internet connectivity, it does include a standard analog phone. The phone port is issued an international satellite phone number. Any connected phone may make and receive calls from anyone on the planet for $0.99 cents usd per minute.
Calls are easily made between other terminals, satellite phones, cell phones or standard landline phones anywhere in the world, and incoming calls are free, although the calling party is burdened with the cost of calling. Local numbers from any country can be assigned to the BGAN terminal using this service.
The MCD-4800 may be powered continuously (or recharged) from a 12 volt vehicle power with the included mini-inverter. The watertight connector from the charger is screwed to the front panel for an all weather seal.
Military grade external batteries are available for the MCD-4800, providing additional external power for up to 3 hours. Here is a link for purchasing these accessories.
In no-power locations, we recommend the optional 62+ watt foldable solar panel ($1,199) that directly connects to the MCD-4800. Recharge time is 10-12 hours in full sunlight. If the MCD-4800 is on, the solar panel will provide up to 75% of the power needed, extending the 5 hour battery life up to 20 hours in sunlight.more
An optional long-range cordless phone case may connect with the MCD-4800 phone jack and provide long-range phone connectivity up to 2 miles (3.2 km), or 12 building stories. The base station and handset phones operate for 2-3 days on battery in any weather. More information on BGAN long-range cordless phones.
The MCD-4800 is an excellent solution to ocean faring vessels and oil-rigs. Here an IT specialist uses a wireless connection to establish connectivity. Wi-Fi may be shut off, and an Ethernet cable connection can be used for a more secure connection.
The MCD-4800 can operate with the lid open or closed (for rain or ocean spray) with no signal strength reduction. The case is fully watertight when closed. In this picture, a ship offloads supplies to another rig.
The MCD-4800 is an in-motion BGAN terminal, which makes it perfect for use on the water. The internal antenna's turning speed is rated at 40 degrees per second, which is faster than most vessels will pitch and roll on the ocean.
Since the MCD-4800 is inside of a closed hardened case (even while operating), is ideal for harsh marine environments. An excellent primary or secondary Internet connection from land or sea.
The MCD-4800 requires no training to operate. The Quickstart guide is attached to the lid and gives simple step-by-step instructions to operate and recharge for the first time user. The case when closed is weather tight and has an IP66 rating (powerful water jets from any direction).
The MCD-4800 contents include an AC/DC charger, a mini-inverter for a 12 volt vehicle power port, a standard analog phone, international plug adapters (UK, US, AU, EU, & China), a USB flash drive with manuals, and bags to hold the equipment. Click for larger photo.
The case comes in several colors, including this one in tan, which is popular with government agencies.
The MCD-4800 measures a very portable 17"L x 13.75"W x 6.75 "H (432 x 349 x 171 mm). It is completely sealed from the elements when closed.
The MCD-4800 is available in 6 case colors (including OD green). Desert Tan is the default color.
The MCD-4800 can be a real lifesaver since it requires no training to operate. Simply turn it on under an open sky for high-speed Wi-Fi Internet and phone anywhere on land or sea. High-Res Photos
MCD-4800 Complete Package Contents
MCD-4800 BGAN terminal flyaway case
AC/DC power supply charger
A standard corded analog phone
Mini-inverter for running off a vehicle power port
Laminated Quickstart guide
International plugs U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe - Info
Miniature compass, to help in finding obstacle to the BGAN satellite
USB flash drive with user manuals, mobile status gadget, software
60+ Watt Foldable Solar Panel - MCD-4800 Charger & Universal Charger
This lightweight 60+ watt solar panel will connect directly to the MCD-4800 for both power assist and recharging the internal batteries. Recharge time is 10-12 hours in full sunlight. If the MCD-4800 is turned on, the solar panel will power assist with up to 75% of the power needed, extending the 5 hour battery life up to 20 hours in sunlight. This panel also includes a "universal" cable kit to charge other devices that can be powered/recharged from a vehicle power port. Click for larger image
Handset Phone from Cobham (formally Thrane & Thrane)
While the MCD-4800 includes a standard corded phone, this handset phone from Cobham does not use a cradle.
MPN: 403625B SKW: BGANAE004 Handset Phone Brochure
Price $154 USD
Directional 10 dBi Wireless Antenna This directional antenna extends the wireless range of the MCD-4800 in one direction (a focused angle 66 degree wide by 16 degrees vertical from the face of the antenna). This RP-SMA antenna folds down for for closing the MCD-4800 case lid.
Price $49 USD
Watertight RJ-45 Connectors
Make your own watertight cables with these connectors. While standard Ethernet cables may connect to the MCD-4800 front panel, these RJ-45 Ethernet connectors will make your Cat5e ethernet cable have a watertight connection to the MCD-4800 case. Requires standard RJ-45 crimper tool to make. MPN: BGANAMCD08
Price $14 /each
5-10-25 Meter Ethernet Cables with Watertight RJ-45 Connector
While standard Ethernet cables may connect to the MCD-4800 front panel, these UV resistant heavy-duty black Cat5e Ethernet cables have one end with a quick connect adapter that makes a watertight seal to the MCD-4800 front panel. 5 Meter MPN: BGANAMCD10
10 Meter MPN: BGANAMCD11
25 Meter MPN: BGANAMCD12
DC Vehicle / Battery Power Cable
3 meters (10' feet) DC power cable - Power or recharge the MCD-4800 from any vehicle power port or battery or any DC power source. Includes quick-connecting alligator clips & vehicle power port connector. Input - 12VDC (vehicle battery) Output 24VDC. This accessory is helpful for charging the MCD-4800 in no-power locations. Click for larger image.
KIT - BB-2590 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion External Battery
Kit includes the rechargeable BB-2590 external battery to power the MCD-4800 for an additional 3 hours (per battery). Kit also includes "Battery Connector Cable" (MPN: BGANAMCD06) that connects battery to MCD-4800, and the "Battery Recharger" (MPN: BTC-70791-LR) for recharging the BB-2590 battery. Battery Technical Information Battery Recharger Information
Price $977 USD
BB-2590 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion External Battery
Extra BB-2590 batteries. Allows the MCD-4800 to operate for an additional 3 hours. 6.8 Amp hours. Requires Battery Connector Cable(MPN-BGANAMCD06) for battery connection to MCD-4800. Also Requires Battery Recharger for BB-2590(MPN: BTC-70791-LR) for recharging the battery. BB-2590 Battery Technical Information
MPN: BB-2590 (aka BB-2590/U)
Price $465 USD
Battery Recharger for BB-2590 External Battery AC-DC Battery Recharger (110 to 240 VAC). May use international power plug adapters for recharging from any AC power source from any country. (Plug adapters are shipped with MCD-4800). Will recharge BB-2590 within 10 hours. Battery Recharger Information
Price $317 USD
Non-Rechargeable BA-5590 External Battery
Single-Use lithium sulfur dioxide battery. Allows the MCD-4800 to operate for an additional 3 hours. 7.2 Amp hour. Meets MIL-B-49471/3A for voltage, leakage, mechanical or thermal shock, vibration, insulation. This battery will Require Battery Connector Cable(MPN: BGANAMCD06) below to connect battery to MCD-4800.
BA-5590 Battery Technical Information
Price $155 USD
Battery Connector Cable
36" (3 feet) connector cable between an external battery (type BB-2590 or BB-5590) and the MCD-4800. Includes voltage regulator for smooth operation. Click for larger image.
Price $195 USD
150 Watt Mini-Inverter - Vehicle Power
Connects the MCD-4800 AC-DC charger to any vehicle power port.
Price $55 USD
Long-Range (2 mile / 3.2 km) Cordless Phones
The MCD-4800 has a phone port on the front panel to connect any analog phone. This solution places two powerful Durafon long-range cordless phones, along with the Durafon Base station inside a self-contained case. If you need to have phone communication at distance from the MCD-4800, this wireless solution will operate for days on internal power.
Long Range Cordless Phones for BGAN
Gen 2 - MCD-4800 Internal Batteries (Includes 2 packs)
Each MCD-4800 includes two high-capacity NiMh (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery packs inside of the case. Kit includes instructions for replacing packs with existing batteries.
Price $349 USD
MCD-4800 Replacement AC/DC Charger - Generation 2 The "Gen 2" charger for the MCD-4800 works for both fast charging (under 4 hours), and "maintenance mode" charging for long term storage. It replaces the two previous chargers used in the Gen 1 model. Keep it plugged in for long term storage to maintain battery at 100%. This charger is not compatible with Gen 1 MCD-4800 terminals.
Replacement Universal Power Connectors
International plugs including U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe.
Price $27 USD
Extra MCD-4800 Keys
Keys are used in earlier versions of the MCD-4800. Customers that have lost or require more keys may order them here in sets of 2. Must have an MCD-4800 account to purchase.
Price $20 USD
MCD-4800 3 Year Extended Warranty
This is a 24 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.
Price $1,942 USD
MCD-4800 5 Year Extended Warranty
This is a 48 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & Extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.
Price $2,950 USD
The MCD-4800 BGAN Terminal Specifications
The MCD-4800 integrates with Hughes 9450 BGAN terminal enclosed in a hardened Pelican 1450 case (Flyaway Case) with our proprietary electronics and software. System components include an AC/DC power-supply / charger with international plug adapters (US, UK, AU, EU, China, N. Europe), 12V vehicle mini-inverter, compass, cradled analog phone, laminated Quickstart Guide (affixed to case lid), users manuals, software, an MCD-4800 gadget App on a USB flash drive, and a small ruggedized bag to hold all components.
Internet (an open TCP-IP network to the Internet backbone), Email, Phone & Fax, VoIP, ISDN (64Kbps), FTP, SMS messaging, video streaming, VPN, private networking options available
Data / Internet Speeds
Rated up to 464 Kbps down x 448 Kbps up with a standard IP data connection. Class 2 BGAN