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MCD-VOYAGER - A Portable Satellite Internet Hotspot - Photos - Documents - Accessories - Specs

No pointing - just turn it on - The MCD-VOYAGER is an all-location Wi-Fi Internet Access Point

The MCD-VOYAGER is an integrated satellite technology manufactured by Ground Control

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A No-Pointing Wi-Fi Global Satellite Internet Hotspot

The MCD-VOYAGER is an auto-pointing ThurayaMag-Glass satellite terminal easily operated by anyone requiring no training or certification to use. Simply turn it on under a sky for a WiFi satellite hotspot.

  • Satellite Internet connectivity for half the globe - map
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot for all in-range devices up to 100 meters (328 feet!).
  • Broadband speeds of 444 Kbps down, 404 Kbps up.
  • Unlimited use Thuraya IP service - more
  • May be operated by anyone. Online in about 1 minute.
  • Operates stationary or in-motion, on land or open ocean.
  • Weighs 11.5 kg and will run for up to 5 hours on internal battery.
  • No training or certification needed to operate.



MCD-Voyager on rock

MCD Power Button
MCD Front Panel
Disaster Recovery
MCD WiFi Antenna
MCD Ocean Use
MCD-Voyager Ocean
Use on any ocean vessel
MCD-Voyager Watertight
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Auto-Pointing Multi-Purpose Instant Anywhere Broadband Internet & Phone

The MCD-VOYAGER "Mobile Communications Device" is an auto-pointing ThurayaMag-Glass satellite terminal 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, most anywhere in the eastern hemisphere, and turn it on - no pointing necessary. Within a minute the MCD-VOYAGER becomes a powerful WiFi hotspot accessible 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 Thuraya Voyager in-motion terminal integrated with our proprietary mobile electronics for a ruggedized self-contained, in-field, user-friendly WiFi communications link.

Thuraya IP Service - Unlimited Use Plans Available
The MCD-Voyager uses the Thuraya IP service which oddly is often less expensive than larger stationary satellite dish services. Thuraya IP service offers unlimited use for the first 30 Gigabytes at full speed 444Kilobits per second, over that and it slows to 64 Kbps for unlimited use (plans may vary depending on provider). Other less expensive monthly plans are available but the cost per Megabytes can be much higher. Please contact Ground Control if you are looking for a Thuraya IP service provider for your MCD-Voyager.

The MCD-VOYAGER Front Panel

MCD-Voyager Exterior Panel

While the MCD-VOYAGER is primarily used as a wireless hotspot, the front panel includes two Ethernet ports that are weather sealed when not in use (a weather-proof Ethernet connector is sold here). The charge port is also a watertight seal for several external power sources such as a portable solar panel, external battery, or vehicle power 12 volt adapter which is included with each system. The display shows current system status and remaining battery power. A light sensor automatically backlights the display during night operations. The MCD-VOYAGER only has only one button to operate, the power button located inside of the case.

Service Area for the MCD-VOYAGER

Thuraya Coverage Map

The service area of the MCD-VOYAGER covers most of the eastern hemisphere and service can be used at sea. Thuraya IP service can be purchased from any Thuraya provider and the terminal will operate in all locations shown above without any configuration changes. For more information on the MCD-VOYAGER service area, please visit the Thuraya coverage map.

Built For Extreme Environments

The MCD-VOYAGER 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 still be able to transmit even with 20mm of ice buildup. While there is an internal fan, we do recommend the case lid be slightly cracked 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.
  • Operates stationary, or in-motion such as on top of a vehicle, or a vessel on the ocean.
  • Connects automatically with any one of 2 Thuraya satellites - Service map.
  • Broadband speeds of 444 Kbps download by 404 Kbps upload.
  • Unlimited Use Thuraya IP plans available from your chosen Thuraya IP Provider.
  • Does not require user interaction. No software to run. Establishes AP "Hotspot" automatically.
  • Purchase Thuraya IP service from any Thuraya service provider for use with the MCD-Voyager.
  • Ruggedized. Operates in extreme conditions. Case does not need to be opened to operate.
  • 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 11.5kg (25 lbs).
  • Two external all weather Ethernet (RJ-45) 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 -25° C to +70° C (-13°F to 158°F ) temperatures.
  • 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 - IP67 Rating
  • Backlit display for night use. Shows power remaining. Can be enabled/disabled.
  • The MCD-VOYAGER operates anywhere Thuraya IP service is offered, from any provider.
  • Portable - Ships UPS, FedEx, flight carry-on luggage anywhere.
  • Full Internet IP compatibility - Internet, SMTP email, file transfer (FTP, and VPN).
  • 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-VOYAGER is a Ground Control integrated manufactured solution, supported by us 24/7.

MCD-VOYAGER Thuraya Terminal    
MCD-Voyager Portable Case   MCD-Voyager Range
The MCD-VOYAGER is a compact hardened watertight "Flyaway Case", weighing 11.5 kg (25 lbs) that is easily transported and operated by anyone. An excellent solution for many industries and organizations like public safety, mining operations, public safety, travel, ocean going vessels, oil-rigs, or any other communications need that requires an easy, instant, no-hassle use-anywhere broadband hotspot.
The MCD-VOYAGER uses the Thuraya IP satellite service for broadband Internet connectivity. Thuraya has a wide variety of plans including an unlimited use plan from Thuraya IP resellers. With the lid opened or closed, the terminal is a WiFi Hotspot with a 100 meter range (328 feet) in about 1 minute of turning it on. The long range WiFi access gives users the ability to be inside a building or move around a structure untethered from the case.
MCD-Panel and Roof   MCD On the Ocean
The external panel includes two sealed RJ-45 Ethernet ports (with PoE), 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-VOYAGER case lid only needs to be opened to turn the the system on and then it may be closed tight. In 60 seconds, it will become a wireless hotspot most anywhere in the eastern hemisphere for up to 5 hours on internal battery.
MCD-Voyager Power Button   WiFi Antenna In Case
Shown above is the lighted LED power button to turn the system on or off. The Thuraya IP SIM card tray is also easily accessed from just inside the case lid. An internal fan keeps electronics cool in hot weather.
The 802.11 b/g/n WiFi antenna is mounted next to the dome. Antennas use an RP-SMA connector and can be fitted with an optional directional 8dBi or other antennas as high as 15dBi for increased wireless range. Up to 200 meters can easily be achieved with the proper antenna.
SSID of MCD-Voyager   MCD-Voyager Web Interface
Connecting a wireless device such as laptops, smartphones or tables to the MCD-VOYAGER 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-VOYAGER main interface is accessed via any connected browser. Status screens show battery life, internal temperature, and links the Voyager web interface show system status, WiFi security, and other parameter configurations.
MCD-Voyager Usage Screen
  Ethernet Ports on MCD-Voyager
The Voyager web interface provides informative screens, such as a "Usage Statistics" screen shown above that gives an approximate amount of usage the terminal has done since a power-on, and cumulative over its lifetime. Also shown is the Voyager transceiver, located inside of the MCD-Voyager terminal case.
Watertight caps on the front panel protect RJ-45 Ethernet ports from the elements. A laptop or router or IP camera that requires PoE (power over Ethernet) may be connected directly to one of these ports. Ethernet cable lengths can be up to 328 feet (100 meters). Specially designed waterproof Ethernet connectors are available.
Charging Options   MCD-Voyager in the rain
The MCD-VOYAGER 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.
The MCD-VOYAGER may operate with the case lid closed, sealing it completely from the elements. It has an IP67 rating (immersion in 1 meter water + dust tight). As an L-band satellite terminal, rain-fade connections issues are minimal. Operating temperatures are -25° C to +70° C (-13° F to 158° F).
MCD-Voyager on an Ocean Oil Rig   MCD-Voyager Ocean Maritime All Weather Connectivity
The MCD-VOYAGER is an excellent solution for costal ocean faring vessels and oil-rigs. Here an IT specialist uses a wireless laptop to establish Internet connectivity. Wi-Fi may be shut off and an Ethernet cable connection can be used for a more secure connection.
The MCD-VOYAGER operates with the lid opened as shown above. In this picture, a ship offloads supplies to another vessel.
Voyager on the water   Maritime WiFi Emergency Case
The MCD-VOYAGER uses the in-motion Thuraya Voyager terminal, which means it can be used while on 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 heavy seas on the ocean.
Since the MCD-VOYAGER 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-Voyager Case   MCD-Voyager Package Contents
The MCD-VOYAGER requires no training or certification to operate. The Quickstart guide is attached to the lid and gives simple instructions for operation and recharging the system for the first time user. Everything is automatic by simply powering the terminal on under a sky - A WiFi Internet Hotspot in about 1 minute - Anywhere. The MCD-Voyager is designed to operate in extreme locations, hot or cold, rain or desert dry and dust storms.
TThe MCD-VOYAGER measures a very portable 17"L x 13.75"W x 6.75 "H (432 x 349 x 171 mm) and can be easily shipped or have as carry-on luggage with air travel. It includes an AC/DC charger, a mini-inverter for a 12 volt vehicle power port, international plug adapters (UK, US, AU, EU, & China), a USB flash drive with manuals, and bags to hold the equipment. Click for larger photo.
MCD-Voyager Case Colors   Emergency Use of the MCD-Voyager
The MCD-VOYAGER is available in 6 case colors (including OD green). Desert Tan shown above is the default color.
The MCD-VOYAGER 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-Voyager Contents

MCD-VOYAGER Complete Package Contents

  • MCD-VOYAGER terminal case
  • AC/DC power supply charger
  • Mini-inverter for running off a vehicle power port
  • Laminated Quickstart guide affixed to lid
  • International plugs U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe - Info
  • Miniature compass, to help in finding obstacle to the Thuraya satellite
  • USB flash drive with user manuals, mobile status gadget, software
  • Carry bag to hold contents of system components

MCD-VOYAGER Accessories
Directional Antenna
Directional 10 dBi Wireless Antenna
This directional antenna extends the wireless range of the MCD-VOYAGER 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-VOYAGER case lid.
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MCD-Voyager Waterproof Ethernet Connector
Watertight RJ-45 Connectors
Make your own watertight cables with these connectors. While standard Ethernet cables may connect to the MCD-VOYAGER front panel, these RJ-45 Ethernet connectors will make your Cat5e ethernet cable have a watertight connection to the MCD-VOYAGER case. Requires standard RJ-45 crimper tool to make.
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RJ-45 & RJ11 Watertight Caps Replacements
Replacement caps for the watertight connectors of the MCD product.
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Mini Inverter
Mini-Inverter - Vehicle Power
Connects the MCD-VOYAGER AC-DC charger to any vehicle power port.

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Gen 2 Battery Replacement
MCD-VOYAGER Internal Batteries (Includes 2 packs)
Each MCD-VOYAGER includes two high-capacity NiMh (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery packs inside of the case. Kit includes instructions for replacing packs with existing batteries.

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Gen 2 MCD-Voyager Charger

MCD-VOYAGER Replacement AC/DC Charger
The charger for the MCD-VOYAGER works for both fast charging, and maintenance charging for long term storage. Charge time is just under 4 hours if the terminal is complete discharged. Keep it plugged in for long term storage to maintain battery at 100%.

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International Power Plugs
Replacement Universal Power Connectors
International plugs including U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe.

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MCD-Voyager Warranty
MCD-VOYAGER 3 Year Extended Warranty
This is a 24 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.

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MCD-Voyager Warranty
MCD-VOYAGER 5 Year Extended Warranty
This is a 48 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & Extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.

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 The MCD-VOYAGER Terminal Specifications
MCD-VOYAGER Contents The MCD-VOYAGER integrates with Thuraya Voyager 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, laminated Quickstart Guide (affixed to case lid), users manuals, software, an MCD-VOYAGER gadget App on a USB flash drive, and a small ruggedized bag to hold all accessories.
Data / Internet Speeds Rated up to 444 Kbps down x 404 Kbps up with a standard IP data connection.
Streaming Speed Capable of supporting the 384 Kbps (and slower) Thuraya IP Streaming Service
Thuraya IP Service Operates with any Thuraya service provider that offer Thuraya IP plans.
Static Pubic IP Address Available from most Thuraya IP Providers
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/n - Up to 100 meters WiFi range. (Internal testing showed up to 200 meters is possible)
Up to 11 concurrent wireless connections
Wireless Security WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption, MAC Address Filtering
External Ports - LAN Two RJ45 Ethernet with POE (Power Over Ethernet) - Weather tight Ethernet connectors also available
External Port - Power Charge port for AC/DC power supply
Exterior Case Dimensions 17"L x 13.75"W x 6.75 "H (432 x 349 x 171 mm)
Weight MCD-VOYAGER Case 11.46 kg (25 lbs 4.3 oz)
Internal Battery Life Up to 5 hours normal use
Power Draw The MCD-VOYAGER draws 32 watts of power at idle, and 65 watts when transmitting.
Recharge Time Less than 4 hours (from fully discharged) using 110 to 240 VAC (worldwide)
Onboard Battery Type NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) - Material Safety Data Sheet
Regional Power Plug Compatibility Includes international plug kit for U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe & U.S.- Info
AC/DC Power Supply - Charger Input 110 to 240 Volts AC. Output 28 Volts DC @ 8 Amps
Humidity 95% RH at +40°C
Operating Internal Temperatures -25° C to +70° C (-13° F to 158° F) operating
Rain / Water / Dust: IP67 when closed (withstands immersion in up to 1 meter of water)
Wind If case is secure, it is not affected by wind
Ice 20mm buildup before signal loss
Max 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-VOYAGER 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
Compliance & Certifications (Radio) CE, EMC 301 444, 301 489, IEC 60950, FCC ID: U9R-W2CBW0015

MCD-VOYAGER Documentation

MCD-Voyager Facts Sheet MCD-Voyager User Manual Thuraya Voyager User Guide MCD-Voyager Brochure

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