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Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal
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Explorer 500 BGAN Terminal

Refurbished
MPN: 403710A-00700
SKU: BGANT500


Explorer 500 BGAN refurbished terminals include: Explorer 500 BGAN terminal, Li-Ion battery and AD/DC power supply.
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Referbished - Guaranteed operational

The Explorer 500 is a ruggedized class 2 BGAN terminal with broadband Internet speeds 94.5% as fast as the fastest BGAN terminal. This refurbished terminal from Ground Control is tested and confirmed to fully operate.

Explorer 500 Features
Very reliable time-tested 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

Internet, Phone, SMS Texting, Email, Voicemail, Fax
WiFi hotspot available with this option - more


Extreme Ruggedness for Extreme Environments
The Explorer 500 is a 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 one can be added easily)... and it has been the most popular BGAN terminals for all industries and professions until recently. A WiFi add-on device is located here.



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).
WiFi can easily be added with this optional device - more
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 BGAN Terminal Contents Explorer 500 Complete Package Contents
Explorer 500 BGAN satellite terminal
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
AC/DC 110-240 VAC power supply
User documentation and software 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 Fixed or In-Motion External Antenna Options   One-Button Online
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.
 
The Explorer 500 BGAN system has proven to operate quite well in polar regions. We recommend a solar panel if you are in no-power locations.
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).


BGAN Service - SIM Cards - Global Use - All Terminals
Global Use - No Restrictions - All SIM Cards are Reloadable / Renewable - Free Shipping Worldwide building
Pricing in U.S. Dollars
BGAN SIM Card
100 Megabytes Prepaid SIM Plan - High Priority Routing - Valid 90 days
100 Megabytes at $525 = $5.25 per Megabyte - TopUp Megabytes Anytime.
SIM card includes 100 Megabytes that may be used at any time during a 90 day period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outgoing text, free incoming texts. SIM can be renewed with any plan at any time. SKU: BGANBW100QRT

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$525 USD Prepaid
100 MBs valid for 90 days
High Priority Routing



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BGAN SIM Card
200 Megabytes Prepaid SIM Plan - High Priority Routing - Valid 90 days
200 Megabytes at $995 = $4.97 per Megabyte - TopUp Megabytes Anytime.
SIM card includes 200 Megabytes that may be used at any time during a 90 day period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outgoing text, free incoming texts. SIM can be renewed with any plan at any time. SKU: BGANBW200QRT

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$995 USD
200 MBs valid for 90 days
High Priority Routing


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BGAN SIM Card
300 Megabytes Prepaid - High Priority Routing - Valid 1 year from activation
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
300 Megabytes at $1,467 = $4.89 per Megabyte - TopUp Megabytes Anytime.
SIM card includes 300 Megabytes that may be used at any time during a 1 year period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outgoing text, free incoming texts. SIM can be renewed with any plan at any time. SKU: BGANBW300ANN

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$1,467 USD
300 MBs valid for 365 days
High Priority Routing


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BGAN SIM Card
600 Megabytes Prepaid - High Priority Routing - Valid 1 year from activation
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
600 Megabytes at $2,820 = $4.70 per Megabyte - TopUp Megabytes Anytime.
SIM card includes 600 Megabytes that may be used at any time during a 1 year period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outgoing text, free incoming texts. SIM can be renewed with any plan at any time. SKU: BGANBW600ANN

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$2,820 USD
600 MBs valid for 365 days
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BGAN SIM Card
1,200 Megabytes Prepaid - High Priority Routing - - Valid 1 year from activation
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
1,200 Megabytes at $5,639 = $4.70 per Megabyte - TopUp Megabytes Anytime.
SIM card includes 1,200 Megabytes that may be used at any time during a 1 year period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outing text, free incoming texts. SIM can be renewed with any plan at any time. SKU: BGANBW1200ANN

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$5,639 USD
1,200 MBs valid for 365 days
High Priority Routing


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BGAN SIM Card

Very High-Use Prepaid BGAN SIM Cards/Plans - High-Priority - Valid 1 year
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
2 Gigabytes - $9,360 | 3 Gigabytes - $13,980 | 4 Gigabytes - $18,560
5 Gigabytes - $23,100 | 7 Gigabytes - $32,060 | 10 Gigabytes - $41,300
15 Gigabytes - $61,200 | 25 Gigabytes - $77,826 | & Higher | SKU:BGANBWHU
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High Priority Routing
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BGAN SIM Card
1 Gigabyte Standard+ Consumer Grade - 1 Month
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
1,000 Megabytes at $1,660 = $1.66 per Megabyte
This plan provides 1,000 Megabytes of Internet service during the current calendar month (Jan, Feb, Mar, etc...). May purchase additional months for an extended usage period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outing text, free incoming texts. SKU: BGANBWLP1K

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1,000 MBs Standard+
Current Month
$1,660
USD

Valid from the 1st of any month to the last day of the month.

Plan Details
BGAN SIM Card
5 Gigabytes Standard+ Consumer Grade - 1 Month
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
5,000 Megabytes at $2,652 = $0.53 per Megabyte... A great deal.
This plan provides 1,000 Megabytes of Internet service during the current calendar month (Jan, Feb, Mar, etc...). May purchase additional months for an extended usage period. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outing text, free incoming texts. SKU: BGANBWLP1K

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5,000 MBs Standard+
Current Month
$2,652
USD

Valid from the 1st of any month to the last day of the month.

Plan Details
BGAN SIM Card
Unlimited Use Standard+ Consumer Grade - 1 Month
Includes Free Explorer 500 Terminal
This plan provides Unlimited Internet over any BGAN terminal for one low fixed price. Service suspends on the last day of any calendar month (Jan, Feb, Mar, etc...) unless requested otherwise. Please note that Inmarsat does reserve the right to slow speeds up to 128 Kbps if over 30,000 Megabytes are used in a month. Plans may renew on the 1st of any month upon request. Phone calls billed $0.99/min to any landline or cellphone worldwide, free incoming calls. SMS texting billed $0.50 per outing text, free incoming texts. SKU: BGANBWLP30K
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Unlimited Internet Use
Current Month
$4,555
USD

Valid from the 1st of any month to the last day of the month.

Plan Details
  BGAN Service Plan Details
   BGAN service can be expensive... use these techniques to reduce data used to a trickle! We also offer these low-cost plans for high data use.
   BGAN SIM cards are forever and do not need to be replaced. A deactivated SIM/Plan can be reactivated with any BGAN plan we offer.
   Purchase is of BGAN SIM Card that is activated, installed and fully tested with purchased equipment (if equipment is purchased).
   Consumer grade routing services are for those comfortable with possible network congestion that may impact Internet speeds.
   BGAN Standard + plans and some other plans may require credit approval, credit card or deposit.
   *Incoming voice calls are free, however the calling party will be charged at their provider's rates to call to your satellite phone.
   Voice calls over BGAN service do not use available Megabytes, meaning there is no extra charge other than standard BGAN Calling Rates.
   All BGAN SIM Cards / Plans may be upgraded, renewed, refilled, reactivated to any plan anytime... Just email us or use this online form.
   Please request voicemail services be activated. Activation of voicemail is free. BGAN Voicemail Instructions.
   BGAN Benefits - Free usage reports, daily/weekly/monthly thresholds, and free firewall controls.
   You may purchase just the BGAN SIM Card(s) from Ground Control for ANY existing BGAN terminal(s). We ship SIMs free worldwide.
   BGAN terminals operate in any country with the 4 Inmarsat satellites without any plan changes. No licence or certification required.
   There is a one time activation fee of $40 with most accounts. There is no activation cost for renewing, or upgrading an active BGAN SIM.
   All annual prepaid BGAN plans may auto-renew each year unless requested otherwise. Excellent for long-term use.
   BGAN consumer grade Standard + plans are for land based subscribers only.
   Standard + Plan tiers reset on the last day of the month at 11:59:59 PM GMT time. Usage after that time counts toward a new month.
   BGAN Prepaid Voucher Service Plans are available from Ground Control. A higher cost per MB service using voucher units.
   BGAN Firewall - BGAN VPN - Streaming - SMS - ISDN - FAX - Standard & Non-standard calling.



Explorer 500 Accessories
WiFi for BGAN
WiFi Hotspot for the Explorer 500
Plug this device into the Ethernet port of the Explorer 500 and create a WiFi hotspot for any wireless device to connect to the Internet. A must purchase if WiFi to smart devices is needed. Has onboard 52 watt hour battery that can also be used to charge other devices.
Price $86 USD


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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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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!
SKU-BGANAEXTBAT

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 thumb drive. 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.
SKU: BGANDURAFON

Price $1,995 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.
MPN-403682C SKU-BGANAE007
Price $50 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.
SKU: LAPTOPGCX
Information on the BGAN Optimized Laptop
Price $750 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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 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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