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MCD-4800 - A Portable Satellite Internet Hotspot - Photos - Docs - Accessories

No Pointing - Just Turn It On - The MCD-4800 Is An All-Location Wi-Fi Access Point

The MCD-4800 (aka The Football) is an integrated satellite technology manufactured by Ground Control

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MCD-4800 BGAN Terminal "The Football" - Complete Package
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A No-Pointing Wi-Fi Global Satellite Internet Hotspot

The MCD-4800 is an auto-pointing BGANMag-Glass satellite terminal and is easily operated by anyone requiring no training or certification to use.

  • Satellite Internet connectivity - globally - All locations (except polar)
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot for all in-range devices up to 100 meters (328 feet!).
  • Broadband speeds of 464 Kbps (94.5% as fast as the fastest BGAN).
  • May be operated by anyone. Online in about 1 minute.
  • Operates stationary or in-motion, on land or open ocean.
  • Weighs 25 lbs and will run for up to 5 hours on internal battery.
  • Internet, Phone, SMS Messaging, Voicemail - A Mobile Office.
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MCD-4800 Closed

MCD-4800 On A Oil Supply Ship
MCD-4800 Fan and Dome
MCD-4800 defence use
Mining use of the MCD-4800
Oil Rig uses MCD-4800
MCD-4800 Open Case
Emergency Communications
MCD-4800 Front Panel
Power Button
WiFi Antenna

Auto-Pointing Multi-Purpose Instant Anywhere Broadband Internet & Phone

The MCD-4800 "Mobile Communications Device" also known as "The Football" is an auto-pointing BGANMag-Glass satellite terminal that requires no user training to operate. Simply place the "closed" weather-tight sealed case on the ground, or on a boat deck, under the open sky, rain or shine, anywhere in the world and turn it on - no pointing necessary. The MCD-4800 becomes a wireless hotspot in a minute for any wireless device up to 100 meters from the case for up to 5 hours on the internal battery. The auto-pointing case 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 communications solution. New Features for 2015

MCD-4800 Video

Using the MCD-4800 Auto-Pointing BGAN Terminal
The video does not reflect the new features for 2015 such as the power button inside the case.

The MCD-4800 Front Panel

MCD-4800 Exterior Panel

While the MCD-4800 is wireless, the front panel includes an weather sealed Ethernet port, and a phone port to connect a standard phone. The charge port has a watertight seal for external power sources. The display shows current system status of and remaining battery power. A light sensor will backlight the display at night (can be enabled/disabled). The MCD-4800 is turned on with keyed from the front panel, or soon, a simple button inside of the case (new features for 2015).

Global Service for the MCD-4800


The service area of the MCD-4800 is global except for the extreme polar regions. If you are 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) with the choice of usage only or prepaid service. For more information on coverage, please visit the BGAN coverage map.

Built For Extreme Environments

The MCD-4800 is enclosed in a watertight hardened plastic 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.
  • Broadband speeds of 464 Kbps down by 448 Kbps up (standard class 2 BGAN)
  • The MCD-4800 uses the Hughes 9450 in-motion BGAN terminal.
  • Does not require user interaction. No software to run. Establishes AP "Hotspot" automatically.
  • Ruggedized. Operates in extreme conditions. Case does not need to be opened to operate.
  • Operates stationary, or in-motion such as on top of a vehicle, or a vessel on the ocean.
  • Up to 100 meters (328 feet) WiFi range for laptops, smartphones...any wireless capable device.
  • Compact size 17" x 13.75" x 6.75" (432 x 349 x 171 mm) and weighs 25 lbs (10.9 kg).
  • External all weather Ethernet (RJ-45) and phone (RJ-11) connection ports.
  • Up to 5 hour battery life (rechargeable) for normal use.
  • May be plugged into a vehicle 12V power port for continuous operation or charging.
  • Operates from -15F to 131F (-26 C to +55 C) temperatures.
  • Internet service can be usage based, or pre-paid using standard BGAN Service Plans.
  • Includes standard analog phone. The RJ-11 jack is assigned an international phone number.
  • 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 texting capable.
  • ISDN (64Kbps) and group 3 Fax capable.
  • No rain fade - Operates in heavy rain, and will function with up to 20mm of ice buildup.
  • Internal temperature control fan - cools internal electronics during high temperatures.
  • Watertight, crushproof, dust proof reinforced plastic case.
  • The MCD-4800 operates globally, except for extreme polar regions. BGAN coverage map
  • Portable - Ships UPS, FedEx, flight carry-on luggage anywhere.
  • Full IP compatibility - Internet, SMTP email, file transfer (FTP, and VPN).
  • Global public / static IP addresses are available from Ground Control.
  • Powerful firewall rules... at no additional cost with Ground Control service.
  • VPN (IPSec) or private networking available (MPLS, Leased). BGAN security options
  • Optional 62 Watt foldable solar panel available, increases runtime, or recharge.
  • Optional external batteries available that add 3 hours to runtime.
  • Custom engineering available... such as adding special equipment inside a larger case.
  • 1 Year standard warranty. 3 year and 5 year warranties available.
  • The MCD-4800 is a Ground Control integrated manufactured solution, supported by us 24/7.

New Improved Features for the MCD-4800 (shipping for September 2015 orders).

  • Internal power button - Lighted On/Off button (replaces external keyed power/ignition).
  • Internal components ruggedized.
  • WiFi antenna now accessible - Optional high-gain antenna for increased WiFi range.
  • One AC/DC charger for quick charge and trickle charging (replacing 2 chargers).
  • 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.
  • New partner options - click here

MCD-4800 BGAN Terminal "The Football"    
Holding MCD-4800 - Yellow Case   MCD-4800 Satellite Connection and WiFi Hotspot
The MCD-4800 is a compact 25 lbs (10.9 kg) hardened watertight 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.
MCD-4800 Front Panel Display   MCD-4800 On The Ocean - WiFi Hotspot
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.
MCD-4800 Inside Case   WiFi Antenna In Case
The power button for the MCD-4800 (available in September of 2015) will be 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 lid.
Also a new feature in September 2015, is 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.
MCD-4800 SSID WiFi Signal Range   MCD-4800 Gadget and Web Interface
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.
Hughes 9450 In-Motion BGAN Terminal
  MCD-4800 Ethernet Port - Weather Sealed
The MCD-4800 uses the Hughes 9450 in-motion BGAN terminal. The 9450 web interface provides informative screens, such as signal strength, SMS messaging, and streaming services.
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.
MCD-4800 Phone Connection
  MCD-4800 Connectivity Diagram - Phone
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.
MCD-4800 Vechicle Charging   MCD-4800 External Batteries
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.
MCD-4800 Solar Panel Solution   Long-Range Phone Solutins for BGAN Terminals
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 300% to 400%. 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.
MCD-4800 The Football on an Ocean Oil Rig   MCD-4800 Ocean Maritime All Weather Connectivity
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.
MCD-4800 Football BGAN on the water   MCD-4800 The Football - Maritime WiFi Emergency Case
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.
MCD-4800 Military Defense Use   MCD-4800 Package Contents
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.
MCD-4800 The Football Global Wireless Access Point   MCD-4800 Tan Case Color
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.
Colors of the MCD-4800 WiFi Case   Emergency Use of the MCD-4800 The Football
The MCD-4800 is available in 6 case colors. 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.

MCD-4800 Systems

MCD-4800 Full Contents

MCD-4800 Complete Package Contents

  • MCD-4800 BGAN terminal case that includes the Hughes 9450
  • AC/DC charger for quick & trickle charging w/pouch
  • A standard 2-wire 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
  • USB flash drive with user manuals, mobile status gadget, software

MCD-4800 Demonstration System Rental

Qualified organizations looking to purchase the MCD-4800 may rent the terminal for weekly $299 rates. A refundable deposit of $5000 USD for rental may be required for some organizations, and returned upon receipt of the terminal. Demo BGAN service may use any of our BGAN service plans. Calls over 30 minutes a week will billed $0.99 cents a minute calls to any landline or cellphone. Free incoming calls. Please call for more details.

MCD-4800 BGAN Service Plans - global use
BGAN Sim Card The MCD-4800 Uses BGAN Service Plans Below

MCD-4800 Accessories
Fast Charger for the MCD-4800
Replacement Quick-Charge AC/DC Charger
Price $167 USD
Trickle Charger for the MCD-4800
Replacement Trickle -Charge AC/DC Charger
Price $125 USD
International Power Plugs
Replacement Universal Power Connectors
International plugs including U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe.

Price $19 USD
MCD-4800 Ethernet Connector - Sized 5-10-25 Meter Ethernet Cables with Watertight RJ-45 Connector
While standard Ethernet cables may connect to the MCD-4800 front panel, these gray Cat5e Ethernet cables have one end with a quick connect adapter that makes a watertight seal to the MCD-4800 front panel.
10 Meter MPN: BGANAMCD11
25 Meter MPN: BGANAMCD12
5m Price $75 /each
10m Price $85 /each
25m Price $105 /each
MCD-4800 Waterproof Ethernet Connector 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.
Price $14 /each
MCD-4800 Solar Kit
60+ Watt Foldable Solar Panel - MCD-4800 & Universal Use
This lightweight 60+ watt solar panel will connect directly to the MCD-4800 for both power assist and recharging. Recharge time is 10-12 hours in full sunlight. If the MCD-4800 is turned on, the solar panel will power assist up to 75% of the power needed, extending the 5 hour battery life 300% to 400%. This panel also includes a "universal" cable kit such as a vehicle power port to charge other devices that can power from a vehicle port. Click for larger image

Price $1,199 USD
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MCD-4800 Vehicle Charger
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 essential for charging the MCD-4800 in no-power locations. Click for larger image.

Price $249
External Battery Kit KIT - BB-2590 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion External Battery
Kit includes the rechageable 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 $909 USD
Rechargeable Battery for the MCD-4800
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
Recharger for External Battery
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
MPN: BTC-70791-LR
Price $317 USD
Single Use MCD-4800 External Battery
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

MPN: BA-5590/U
Price $155 USD
External Battery Connector - MCD-4800
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
Mini-Inverter for MCD-4800
150 Watt Mini-Inverter
Connects the MCD-4800 AC-DC charger to any vehicle power port. This is the only way to charge the MCD-4800 batteries from a vehicle power port.

Price $55 USD
Handset Phone for MCD-4800
Handset Phone from Cobham (formally Thrane & Thrane)
This phone does not require a cradle (the MCD-4800 ships with a standard 2-wire analog phone, which uses a cradle).

MPN: 403625B    SKW: BGANAE004
Handset Phone Brochure
Price $154 USD
MCD-4800 Keys
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 Warranty
MCD-4800 3 Year Extended Warranty
This is an 24 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.

Price $1,495 USD
MCD-4800 Warranty
MCD-4800 5 Year Extended Warranty
This is an 48 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & Extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.

Price $2,677 USD

 The MCD-4800 BGAN Terminal Specifications
MCD-4800 Contents The MCD-4800 uses a Hughes 9450 BGAN terminal enclosed in a hardened Pelican case with proprietary electronics. Other items include an AC/DC Charger with International plug adapters (US, UK, AU, EU, China, N. Europe), 12V vehicle mini-inverter, standard analog phone, laminated quickstart guide, users manuals, software, and MCD-4800 gadget on USB flash drive.
Terminal Capability Internet, Email, Phone & Fax, VoIP, ISDN (64Kbps), FTP, SMS messaging, video streaming, VPN, private networking options available
Internet Speeds Class 2 BGAN - 464 Kbps down x 448 Kbps up with standard IP connection
Antenna Type Class 11
Global Service Inmarsat BGAN I4 network - Operates with any BGAN service provider
BGAN Rx/Tx Frequencies L-band, Rx @ 1525.0-1559.0 MHz, Tx @ 1626.5-1660.5 MHz
Network DHCP, NAT, Public IP's available
Firewall At teleport - Whitelist and blacklist supported free - More information
Wireless LAN 802.11b - Up to 100 meters WiFi range. Up to 11 concurrent wireless connections.
Wireless Security WEP 64 & 128 bit, MAC filtering options for up to 10 devices
External Port - LAN RJ45 Ethernet (POE - Power Over Ethernet)
External Port - Voice RJ11 - Circuit switched (4kbps 3.1 Khz Audio)
Issued international phone number (Inmarsat 870 country code)
External Port - Power 12VDC power & charge port - weather tight cable connector & cap
Optional External Ports ISDN 64Kbps (RJ-45), & FAX group 3 RJ-11 (with compatible group 3 fax machine)
Internal Ports (Inside Case) ISDN 64Kbps (RJ-45), & FAX group 3 RJ-11 (with compatible group 3 fax machine)
Streaming Services 1:1CIR 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps
Exterior Case Dimensions 17"L x 13.75"W x 6.75 "H (432 x 349 x 171 mm)
Weight 25 lbs (10.9 kg)
Onboard Battery Life Up to 5 hours normal use
Recharge Time 3 hours (from fully discharged) using 110 to 240 VAC (worldwide)
Onboard Battery Type NiMH (Nickle-Metal Hydride).
Regional Power Compatibility Includes international plug kit for U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe - Info
Storage Charger Maintenance "slow" charger keeps batteries at full charge during storage
External Batteries Optional military grade BB-2590 & BA-5590 - adds up to 3 hour runtime
Humidity 95% RH at +40°C
Operating Temperatures -15° F to 131° F (-26˚ C to +55˚ C) operating
Rain / Water / Dust: IP66 when closed (withstands powerful water jets from any direction)
Wind If case is secure, it is not affected by wind
Ice 20mm buildup before signal loss
Turning Rate (Azimuth) 40° per second
Turning Acceleration 50°/s2
Case Colors Available Desert Tan (default color), Yellow, Black, Silver, Orange, OD Green
Manufacturer Support The MCD-4800 is integrated satellite technology manufactured by Ground Control and support by us 24 x 7
Warranty 1 year standard warranty. Extended 3 year and 5 year extended warranties available
Made In The USA The Hughes 9450 transceiver and the MCD-4800 case are U.S. manufactured
Inmarsat Type Approval The Hughes 9450 has been type approved by Inmarsat
PDF Brochure & Specs The MCD-4800 Brochure & Specifications

MCD-4800 Documentation

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MCD-4800 Brochure

MCD-4800 Users Guide

Hughes 9450 BGAN
Users Manual

MCD-4800 Gadget

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