MCD-4800 – “The Football”


The MCD-4800 is a portable, easy to operate, auto-pointing BGAN satellite terminal which provides a powerful Wi-Fi hotspot in any environment.

No pointing, no setup, just place the weather proof case on the ground, boat deck or any surface with a clear view of the sky, then simply turn it on and close the lid.


Global, Portable, BGAN Internet Hotspot for Land and Sea

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 weatherproof 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 and then close the lid – no pointing necessary.

Within a minute the MCD-4800 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 Hughes 9450TW in-motion BGAN terminal integrated with our proprietary mobile electronics for a ruggedized self-contained, in-field or on sea, user-friendly global communications link.

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Supports Other Communication Channels

While the MCD-4800 is primarily used as a wireless hotspot, the front panel includes a weather sealed Ethernet port and a phone port to connect a laptop or a standard analog 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 (the backlight may be enabled/disabled). The MCD-4800 only has one button, the power button located inside of the case which makes is easily operated by anyone.

Built For Extreme Environments

The MCD-4800 is enclosed in a watertight hardened plastic Pelican case, and the case lid is normally closed for full operation. It operates in heavy rain and will transmit with 20mm of ice buildup before transmission issues.

It is rated at IP67, which means it can withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter. In extremely hot environments, we recommend the case lid be slightly opened for venting for long duration use to avoid heat buildup inside the case.

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  • No pointing or aiming… simply turn the terminal on under an open sky on land or at sea
  • Connects automatically with any BGAN satellites for near 100% global service (see coverage map)
  • High speeds rated at up to 464 Kbps down by 448 Kbps up (standard class 2 BGAN)
  • 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 for operation
  • Waterproof – Rated at IP67 (May be immersed in water up to 1 meter)
  • Operates stationary or in-motion such as on top of a vehicle, or a vessel on the ocean
  • WiFi Range up to 100 meters (328 feet) for laptops, smartphones…any wireless capable device
  • 802,11 bgn with WPA2 WiFi security including whitelist protection options
  • Ethernet RJ-45 port on the front panel is also PoE (Power over Ethernet) capable
  • Compact size 17″ x 13.75″ x 6.75″ (432 x 349 x 171 mm) and weighs 25 lbs (10.9 kg)
  • 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
  • No rain fade – Operates in heavy rain and will function with up to 20mm of ice build up
  • Internal temperature control fan – cools internal electronics during high temperatures
  • Shippable – Ships UPS, FedEx, flight carry-on luggage anywhere (no special battery regulations)
  • The MCD-4800 is a Ground Control integrated manufactured solution, supported by us 24/7
  • Terminal: Hughes 9450TW BGAN terminal
  • Terminal Capability: Internet, email, phone, fax, SMS, VoIP, FTP, Video Streaming, VPN, private networking options available
  • Data / Internet Speeds (Standard IP): Up to 464Kbps (Rx) x 448Kbps (Tx). Class-2 BGAN
  • Streaming Services: 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps
  • Antenna Type – Class 11
  • Global Service with Inmarsat BGAN and BGAN M2M service provided by Ground Control
  • BGAN Rx/Tx Frequencies: L-band, Rx @ 1525.0-1559.0MHz, Tx @ 1626.5-1660.5MHz
  • EIRP: 15.1dBW
  • Network: DHCP, NAT, public-static IPs available
  • Firewall: At teleport – Whitelist and blacklist supported free
  • Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n, up to 100 meters range, up to 11 concurrent wireless connections
  • Wireless Security: WPA2 security, MAC filtering options for up to 10 devices
  • External Ports: 1 x RJ45 LAN / PoE, 1 x RJ11 Phone, 1 x AC/DC external power, optional 3 x RJ11 for Fax group support
  • Case Dimensions (LxWxH): 17″ x 13.75″ x 6.75″ (432 x 349 x 171 mm)
  • Weight: 25lbs 4.3 oz (11.46kg)
  • Battery Life: Up to five hours normal use
  • Power Draw: 32 watts of power at idle, and 65 watts when transmitting.
  • Recharge Time: Less than four hours (from fully discharged) using 110 to 240VAC (worldwide)
  • Battery Type: NiMH (nickel-metal hydride)
  • Regional Power Plug Compatibility: Includes international plug kit for US, UK, European, Australian, China, N. Europe
  • AC/DC Power Supply: Input 110 to 240 volts AC. Output 28 volts DC @ 8 Amps. Cable length 12′ (3.6 meters)
  • DC Power: 400-watt 12-volt vehicle mini-inverter included. Cable length 3.7′ (1.12 meters).
  • Operating Temperatures: -25°C to +70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
  • Humidity: 95% RH at +40°C
  • Rain / Water / Dust: IP67 when closed (immersion in up to one meter of water)
  • Wind: Unaffected by wind if case is secure
  • 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
  • Warranty: 12 month standard warranty. Extended warranties available
  • Hughes 9450TW Compliance: FCC ID: K3YHNS9450, CE: CE0470, Inmarsat certified Class-2 BGAN terminal
100 MB Prepaid SIM
300 MB Prepaid SIM
1200 MB Prepaid SIM
3 GB Prepaid SIM
Inclusive Data:
100 MB
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1200 MB
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Valid For:
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100 MB Prepaid SIM
300 MB Prepaid SIM
1200 MB Prepaid SIM
3 GB Prepaid SIM
Inclusive Data:
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300 MB
1200 GB
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Valid For:
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Rent an MCD-4800 “The Football” BGAN Terminal with everything needed for global internet and voice, on land or at sea. Just call or email us and we’ll do the rest.

Rental MCD-4800 system includes:

  • MCD-4800 BGAN terminal
  • AC/DC power supply charger
  • Analog phone
  • Mini-inverter vehicle power/charging
  • Plugs for US, UK, EU, AU
  • Miniature compass
  • USB flash drive with user manuals, and a carry bag for accessories.

Rent a BGAN Terminal


  • 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
  • Miniature compass, to help in finding obstacle to the BGAN satellite
  • USB flash drive with user manuals, mobile status gadget, software
  • Carry bag to hold contents of system components.


*For full details of our BGAN airtime options, please visit our BGAN services plans page.

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If you’re uncertain about which portable WiFi hotspot is the right fit for your requirements, reach out to us. With 20 years of experience, we provide impartial, objective advice to help you make an informed decision.

If you prefer to speak to someone directly, call us on +44 (0) 1452 751940 (Europe, Asia, Africa) or +1.805.783.4600 (North and South America).

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