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Mobile Satellite Internet & Phone - Trucks, Trailers, Vehicle, RV

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Press a button on our manufactured line of Mobile Satellite Internet Systems and 3.5 minutes later your mobile office will be online with incredible speeds. Satellite broadband has no dead zones, even in disaster areas. If you can see the sky, you can connect for high-speed Internet and phone. Ground Control has been a leader in Auto Deploy Satellite Antennas with thousands of organizations since 2002.

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Toughsat XP .98 Mobile Satellite Antenna

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Professional .98M $16,999

Our popular XP .98 meter mobile systems are as capable as our larger 1.2 meter mobile dishes.

Toughsat XP 1.2 Meter Satellite System

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Professional 1.2M $19,999

Our flagship XP 1.2 meter mobile system - manufactured by Ground Control for superior performance.

Toughsat SP Mobile Satellite Internet System

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Consumer .98M $13,999

A less expensive Toughsat with a few less features, but built on the same reliable platform.

Fixed Motorized 1.2 Meter Satellite Dish
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SPA 1200 - $11,417

A fixed location motorized 1.2 m system can be moved anywhere, setup and operated by anyone.

Mobile

All-Purpose
Communications Trailers

The Toughsat T-100 Multi-Purpose Trailer can establish a half-mile hotspot in minutes.

Toughsat VSAT Flyaway Case

Flyaway Case-Based
Portable Hotspot

The Flyaway Toughsat case is easily set up by one person on the ground, or vehicle roof rack.

BGAN Satellite Equipment and Service

Carry Portable Broadband
Internet Solutions $1,650

Portable BGAN or Thuraya terminals are quite small and offer global broadband Internet.

In-Motion Vehicle Satellite Internet System

In-Motion Global Internet Starting at $5,595

Ground Control has a full line of in-motion satellite Internet systems with global range.

 
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After pressing the "Deploy" button on the Toughsat TS2 Controller, the dish will deploy and auto acquire the satellite signal... and in about 3.5 minutes it will automatically create a broadband Wi-Fi hotspot. Connect any authorized wireless capable device such as smartphones and tablets and laptops. No other interaction is required, and no training and certification required for use. To stow the dish, simply press the "Stow" button. Photos



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Toughsat TS2 Controller
 
General Mobile Satellite Auto Deploy Antennas - All Systems
  • High-Speed Internet access anywhere with a view of the sky.
  • Speeds of 5Mbps Down and 2Mbps Up with any .98m or larger dish.
  • VoIP Phone Service. Works like the phone on any desk for $49.95 per month.
  • Establishes a self-contained local area network at the touch of a button.
  • Establishes a wireless access point (on most systems) and wiring to computers is optional.
  • Dual Satellite "Dual Matrix" service with Toughsat redundant technology. more
  • External computer control is not required. No software to install on computers.
  • Remote administration via any web browser.
  • Autostow safety feature if vehicle moves or dish goes off signal. more
  • Excellent for live video broadcasting - unshared services of 10 x 4 Mbps. more
  • Hundreds of field technicians / installers in North America.
  • Highly skilled, U.S. Based 24-7 always free phone support.

Select an iDirect Service Plan From Any Region Below
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Dual Matrix Satellite Footprint - North America
North America iDirect Plans on G18 and AMC9
Ku-Band service for Fixed or Mobile - Satellite Systems
   iDirect North America
  Internet Speeds - Megabits per second Monthly Fee
(USD)
    iDirect 3GB   3 Mbps download / 1 Mbps upload $399
    iDirect MAX 3GB   5 Mbps download / 2 Mbps upload $559
    iDirect 9GB   3 Mbps download / 1 Mbps upload $599
    iDirect MAX 9GB   5 Mbps download / 2 Mbps upload $839
    Phone Service Over Satellite
  1000 free minutes per month (16.6 hours).
  Optimized low-latency crystal clear calling.
$49.95
More Info
    iDirect Emergency Mobile   2Mb download / 1Mb upload
  Includes 10 calendar days unlimited use.
$279
Other Emergency Plans
    Dual-Matrix Service   Dual-Satellite service with one service plan.   
  Use either satellites anytime with 1 button.
Add 20% to monthly
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    Month-To-Month Seasonal   No term contract for iDirect service. Suspend
  service any month, reactivate any month.
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    Streaming Services
    10 x 4 Mbps Max Speed
  Video Streaming Services with 1:1 CIR
  Used by live news and video broadcasters
Starting at $300
Streaming Info
More iDirect Plan Details for North America or Global Map
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Central and South American iDirect Footprints on SatMex 6
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Ku-Band at 113° West
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Internet Transfer Speeds
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 20:1 Contention
 (Unlimited Use)

512 Kbps down x 128 Kbps up
512 Kbps down x 256 Kbps up
1 Mbps down x 256 Kbps up
1 Mbps down x 512 Kbps up
2 Mbps down x 512 Kbps up
2 Mbps down x 1 Mbps up
4 Mbps down x 512 Kbps up
4 Mbps down x 1 Mbps up
8 Mbps down x 1 Mbps up
12 Mbps down x 1 Mbps up

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 Custom Plans

  Create any speed plan with any contention
  (Max 12 Mbps Down, and 1 Mbps)

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 Phone Service
 VOIP Service Plans

  1000 minutes per month (16.6 hours)
  Choose a local number from most any country.

$49.95
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  Dual Matrix Service
A Fully Redundant Satellite Infrastructure

   
 
Ground Control's two North American teleports service two different high-performance satellites that operate independent of each other. With the Dual Matrix Service, a single mobile satellite dish may connect with either of the satellites at any time, no matter the plan they subscribe to. more
Dual Satellites
Dual Teleports
Dual Hubs
Dual Networks
Dual Backbones

One Mobile Dish

Installation & Support

With hundreds of Ground Control certified field service technicians, we can easily install and maintain your equipment anywhere. We are a single source provider of both equipment and premium grade service, and since we've been manufacturing mobile systems for a decade, trust that we deliver the best value for your organization.

VoIP Phone Service Over Satellite

VOIP Phones & Phone Service

$49.95/mo - includes 1000 free minutes each month super low-latency (500-650 milliseconds) with a "local" number to make and receive crystal clear calls over our iDirect satellite service. more



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Mobile Satellite Internet System
Toughsat Mobile Satellite Dish
RV Satellite Internet Dish
Wi-Fi Mobile Satellite Internet
VSAT Auto-Acquire Satellite Dishes
Toughsat TS2 Flyaway Case
Flyaway VSAT satellite case
Mobile VSAT Case
Emergency Vehicle Satellite Internet
Satellite Dish for Trailers
Toughsat on top of a trailer
Multiple Mobile Satellite Trailers
iDirect X5 Satellite Router
TS2 Controller
Toughsat Dish Stowed
T-100 Trailer Cabinet Electronics
Dual Matrix Buttons on TS2
Flyaway From SUV
T-100 Satellite Internet Trailer
Mobile Satellite Installation
Long Range Phone for Satellite
Toughsat Flyaway and Roof Mounted
Flyaway Vehicle Mounted System
Photos of Mobile Satellite Systems - Dish and Equipment
       
 
Toughsat Mobile Satellite Antenna
 
Mobile Classroom
 
The TOUGHSAT XP ruggedized Mobile Satellite System operates in all weather and wind speeds up to 75 MPH (120 km/h). The Toughsat is manufactured by Ground Control in the U.S., and we support it 24 x 7.
 
This mobile classroom makes good use of available space in a smaller width bus. Ground Control can help you design a specialty vehicle for your specific requirement.
  Sheriff Trailer   Toughsat Mobile Satellite Disaster Recovery
 
It this photo, the Malheur County Sheriff in Oregon deploys a Toughsat XP for a mobile command trailer.
More Emergency Vehicle Photos
 
This Bus has been designed for Disaster Recovery for businesses using a Toughsat XP satellite systems. Ground Control offers special service pricing for public service agencies.
  Fire and Rescue   Toughsat Web Interface Screen
 
A Search and Rescue rig is outfitted with a roof mounted Toughsat XP. Next to it is our popular Flyaway Case system. Both systems operate identically.
 
The Toughsat XP and SP main screen is accessible by any connected computer by typing in the URL address into any browser. Toughsat Interface Details
  Dimentions of the Toughsat .98 Meter   Toughsat TS2 Controller and iDirect Evolution Router
 
Stowed dimension of the 0.98 Toughsat XP and Toughsat SP are identical. The 1.2 Meter Toughsat dish dimensions are under 12" height by 48.3" W x 67.5" L. All Toughsats use the same powerful, yet simple to operate ACU (Antenna Control Unit) or web interface to operate.
 
The Toughsat TS2 ACU (Antenna Control Unit) has a 4-port wireless router and is paired with the iDirect Evolution X5 satellite gateway capable tremendous speeds of 5Mbps down and 2Mbps up with Ground Control's iDirect service.
  Emergency Toughsat   Mobile Command Interior
 
Many emergency organizations trust Ground Control for simplifying their phone and Internet communication, and making sure it stays that way. more
 
Mobile Command personnel do not need to be trained on how to use our equipment. Phone and Internet work just like any phone or Internet connection at the office.
  T-100 Moble Communications Trailer   Flyaway On Trailer
 
The rugged multi-purpose T-100 Communications Trailer will create a .5 mile radius wireless "G" access point. The T-100 ultra-quiet generator will run for 9 hours on a 1 gallon tank of gas before refueling.
 
The T-100 Communications Trailer, manufactured by Ground Control, is totally self-contained with onboard 1000 watt generator. Here the 1.2 meter XP dish is stowed for transportation.
  Flyaway Toughsat Mobile Satellite System   Flyaway Toughsat Mobile Satellite System in SUV
 
The portable Toughsat Flyaway Case means wireless broadband Internet and phone can be transported to most any location by one person. more
 
The Flyaway Case can both be mounted on top of a vehicle roof rack, or placed on the ground for great flexibility. The case is small enough to fit in most SUV's.
 


Frequently Asked Questions - Mobile Satellite Systems

Who manufactures the mobile satellite antennas?

Ground Control manufactures the Toughsat line of mobile satellite antenna systems and we are also the service provider for all Mobile VSAT systems. Other manufactures are AVL and C-Com which have created proven cost-effective solutions that compliment our product and service offerings. We know these products from the ground up, and will support you 24 x 7 with our U.S. based technical support department.

What is the difference between the Mobile dish systems and the BGAN satellite terminals?

BGAN (short for "Broadband Global Area Network) are small terminals that can fit in a laptop case and can connect with one of three satellites for transfer speeds up to 492Kbps. However, BGAN charges by the Megabyte downloaded/uploaded at about $6 a MB which is far more than VSAT mobile dish service. The trade off is BGAN is very portable compared to VSAT (satellite dishes). BGAN service also works globally, so if you're a world traveler, BGAN may be a perfect fit. Our satellite systems on the other hand can not be carried in a laptop case and service plans may need to be changed in different countries.

Who do I buy my monthly access from?

Ground Control. Ground Control is a leader in mobile satellite Internet access using premium iDirect service and iDirect satellite routers. If there is a problem, we are available for support 24x7.

What is the difference between dish sizes?

.98 vs 1.2 Meter Satellite Dish

A 1.2 Square Meter satellite dish is slightly elliptical (normally) and has a horizontal diameter of about 4 feet (48 inches).

A .98 Square Meter dish has a diameter of about 3' 4" (39 inches).

Can I connect any kind of computer to the mobile system?

Yes. All Ground Control mobile VSAT satellite systems create a standard local area network for any type computer or wireless device. The Toughsat XP or Toughsat SP ACU (Antenna Control Unit) will create a 100 foot radius 802.11 wireless "G" access point.

I'm concerned about security with wireless access. Is it secure and can I turn Wi-Fi off?

Yes, absolutely. You may use the robust encryption, or you may at any time disable the wireless and limit connections to the network with Ethernet cables.

Can anyone physically install the mobile dish?

No... a certified mobile installer is required since installation is fairly complicated (This does not pertain to the Flyaway Toughsat that requires no installation). You do have the option of becoming a mobile VSAT certified installer for a nominal fee using our online VSAT certification course. Ground Control has professional mobile satellite Installers throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you are using your own provider, or are located outside of North America, please contact a Ground Control sales representative for your installation options.

How does the dish find the satellite?

On the Toughsat, simply press the "Deploy" button on the ACU (or from any connected computer) and the dish deploys and locks to the satellite automatically in about 3 to 7 minutes. All systems are completely self-contained and do not require any kind of computer to connect to the satellite and create a local area network. There is no physical labor involved in setting up the dishes or network connection. Once the satellite is found, you are online. Simply run your web browser or e-mail program.

Can I be traveling down the road and be online at the same time?

No. All mobile VSAT dish systems require the vehicle or rig to be parked in order to connect on the satellite. There are In-Motion BGAN satellite domes that magnetically mount to a vehicle roof, however, service fees are much higher than VSAT (satellite dish) service.

How does weather affect the dish?

The larger the dish, the less that "rain fade" will hinder performance. However, it takes a fair amount of rain to knock off even our smallest dishes. Transmission may be irregular if signal quality dips, which is rare and happens only in a sever downpour. Wind can also be a factor, but our Toughsat mobile systems are designed to withstand enormous wind gusts with no-backlash braking technology, a great Toughsat feature.

What is AutoStow and how does this features work?

On the Toughsat, the AutoStow is for when you accidentally drive off and leave the dish up. For autostow to work, the system must be turned on (note - we do offer an integrated AutoStow battery if power is accidentally shut off). If the vehicle moves more than 10 feet, the onboard GPS will recognize the vehicle is moving and automatically stow the dish. Also, if something moves in front of the dish for longer than 10 seconds, taking the signal offline, the dish will stow. While these autostow features are not a guarantee for your hardware's safety, they are good line of defense to protect your investment. Please note that damage to your antenna caused by a moving vehicle is not covered under your Ground Control warranty.

Will the mobile system fit and operate on my rig, trailer, or vehicle roof?

The system can operate on any mobile platform that gives the dish room to rotate in place. If mounting on top of a truck or trailer roof, please review the dimensions of the Toughsat XP 1.2 and 98 Meter Dishes. If mounting on top of a vehicle, we recommend using the Fly-And-Drive Toughsat that will mount a Toughsat to most any vehicle roof rack. Ground Control also sells a self contained multi-purpose T-100 communications trailer that will work with all mobile dishes we offer.

How difficult is it to use the Toughsat?

The Toughsat was designed to remove the complexities of connecting. Simply press the "Power Button" on the ACU and wait a few seconds for the system to boot and the panel lights to stop blinking. Next, press the "Deploy" button and that is it. All mobile systems will automatically go up and lock onto the correct satellite (the Toughsat averages 3.5 minutes consistently). Once this happens, the network will activate and you may immediately connect to the Internet at high-speed. To stow the dish, simply press the "Stow" button. The dish will stow in about 2 minutes (Toughsat), and you may then drive away leaving power on or off. (Leaving power on is helpful for bookmobiles that perform frequent stops).

Is it easy to stow and reconnect the satellite dish when one moves from one location to another?

Yes. Just press the "Stow" button on the front panel (or from any connected browser) and the dish will stow automatically. When you arrive at the new location, simply press on the "Find Satellite" button. There is an optional remote keypad that allows the Toughsat ACU buttons to be placed on the drivers dashboard.

Can the dish be used for TV as well as Internet simultaneously?

On our earlier mobile systems, there was a bracket that could add DirecTV and Dish Network, but satellites constantly change and many have lost their satellite TV because of these moves. If you require TV, we highly recommend the purchase of an inexpensive mobile TV system separate from your Internet/data connection.

Can the dish be used as a telephone?

Ground Control sells an excellent VoIP package that has been optimized for satellite connectivity. You may buy our phones, or you may purchase a $99 VoIP adapter from us and then use it with any standard corded or cordless phone. Many of our customer have had success using Skype over our network as well.

How fast are the upload and download speeds?

Our fastest iDirect solution is 5Mbps down and 2Mbps up. We have dedicated unshared services that offer speeds of 20Mbps down and 7Mbps up. For more information on our service packages please call a Ground Control representative, or review our North American iDirect services or find our services Internationally.

Can I get a Static/Public IP address?

Yes. One publicly routable IP address is standard with all accounts, and more are available from Ground Control.

Does the Ground Control satellite network support VPN?

Yes. Our iDirect services work with with many VPN's. We also sell the Encore series of VPN devices if you are looking for a proven VPN solution over satellite.

How often may I use the dish?

As much as you like. If the dish is locked on satellite, and your computer is turned on, you are online.

Does the system work anywhere in North America or other parts of the globe?

Yes... however, service is dependant on the coverage area or "footprint" of the satellite you are connected to. Please review coverage maps of service in your region. The map will show where the signal strength is stronger and weaker. Larger dishes and radios are able to connect in regions that have a weaker signal.

Can the system be installed where my rig is currently located?

Yes, this is how installations are normally done. Ground Control will dispatch a certified mobile installer to your rig location.

Are there firmware upgrades?

Firmware upgrades are always free, and easy to perform. With the Toughsat, upgrades are done by pressing one button from any connected browser. We also offer auto-updating that requires no user interaction.

Do you offer support for mobile systems?

Absolutely, 24 x 7 for all iDirect systems, and our support staff is based here in the United States. It's always free for service subscribers, and we even give you an 800 number to call us. Online mobile satellite support is available.

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