Cobham Explorer 510


Combining portability and performance, the Explorer 510 provides truly portable satellite internet and communications.

Weighing just 8.5lbs and housed in a durable magnesium casing, the Explorer 510 is easy to carry and set up; a perfect solution to carry with you when off the grid.

Data sheet

Ultra Portable BGAN Terminal

The Explorer 510 satellite terminal is a global Wi-Fi hotspot with internet speeds of up to 464Kbps to any in-range wireless device such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

What makes the 510 different from other BGAN terminals is that it includes smartphone integration. The Explorer Connect app gives total control over the 510, such as displaying signal strength, overall usage (in megabytes), and allowing you to send or receive texts (including using your iPhone iMessage or other texting program).

The Explorer Connect app also turns your smartphone into a satellite phone to place or receive phone calls from anyone in the world. The 510 is the most portable BGAN on the market and surprisingly one of the least expensive. It’s ideal for all applications in remote or urban locations that require internet and phone anywhere.


Portable Global WiFi Hotspot

The Explorer 510 BGAN terminal is by far our most popular carry-portable global Internet & phone terminal for price, reliability and speed.

It is highly ruggedized and operates in extreme weather and comes in at just under 8″ x 8″ x 1.2″ (200 x 200 x 52mm) and 3.1 lbs (1.4kg). Internet speeds are listed at up to 464 Kbps down by 448 Kbps up, which 94% as fast as the fasted BGAN, ideal for connecting laptops, smartphones, or tablets from anywhere in the world…

This is the terminal to own if you need carry portable Internet and phone anywhere… and did we mention it was easy to point? This terminal can even stay connected while moving on the water.

  • Portable satellite voice and data communications
  • Ultra portable and easy to set up
  • Rugged and robust, designed to operate in the most hostile environments
  • Designed for use with the Inmarsat BGAN network – operates with all BGAN internet service plans
  • High-speed Internet up to 464 Kbps down, 448 Kbps upload
  • Voice calling using the Explorer Connect Android and iOS apps
  • Optional Ground Control rugged ready case for extra protection in transit
  • Connect the optional cellular modem to provide a complete communications hub
  • 330 feet WiFi range (100 meters). Excellent for working indoors, or at a distance
  • Connects with up to 11 devices (laptops, smartphone, tablets) simultaneously
  • Can be on the phone and Internet at the same time
  • Operates in very cold or very hot weather at -25°C to +55°C / -13°F to +131°F
  • USB port for Ethernet (with included adapter), or recharging port for other devices (1 amp)
  • Dimensions (HxW): 20.2 x 21.1 cm (7.8″ x 12.7″)
  • Weight: 1.4kg (3.1lbs)
  • Satellite Service: Inmarsat BGAN – Provided by Ground Control
  • Voice: 4kbps
  • Standard IP Data: Up to 464 kbps (Rx) 448 kbps (Rx). Class-2 BGAN terminal
  • Streaming IP Data: 32, 64, 128 kbps
  • WLAN Interface: 802.11 b/g/n1 x USB Host Interface
  • Power: 10.5-32VDC / 100-240VAC
  • Built in Battery: 7.2V / 5700 mAh Lithium ion (Rechargeable), Up to 3.5hrs usage, Recharge: less than 3hrs
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to +55°C / -13°F to +131°F
  • Storage Temperature: -25°C to +80°C / -13°F to +176°F
  • Humidity: 95% non-condensing at +40°C/+104°F
  • Robustness: 0.5 m/1.64 ft drop on concrete
  • Environmental Rating: IP66 for dust and water ingress
  • Approvals: CE, FCC, IC, Inmarsat Class-2 type approval
  • Terminal Color: White
  • Standard Warranty: 2-year parts and labor. Extended warranties available
100 MB Prepaid SIM
300 MB Prepaid SIM
1,200 MB Prepaid SIM
3 GB Prepaid SIM
Pricing (USD):
Inclusive Data:
100 MB ($5.25 per MB)
300 MB ($4.89 per MB)
1,200 MB ($4.70 per MB)
3 GB
Valid For::
90 days
1 year
1 year
1 year
  • Explorer 510 BGAN terminal
  • Explorer 510 soft-bag carrying case
  • Integrated rechargeable li-ion battery
  • AC/DC 100-240VAC recharger
  • International plug adapters for US, UK, EU, AUUSB to Ethernet cable adapter
  • Quickstart guides in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Explorer 510 what's in the box

Complete Rental System Includes: Explorer 510 BGAN terminal, integrated rechargeable Li-Ion battery, AC/DC 100-240 VAC power supply, US & EU plugs, 12 volt vehicle charge cable, USB to Ethernet adapter, user manuals on flash drive, packaged in a hardened or soft case.

Complete Package – Shipping Worldwide

Rent the ultra-portable highly rugged and easy to use Explorer 510 BGAN terminal for creating a mobile office anywhere on the globe. The Explorer 510 offers high-speed Internet up to 464 Kbps with phone and SMS texting capability for laptops and smart devices. The 510 is the system to rent for reliable connectivity from most any location you travel with a terminal that fits in a laptop case.
to Ethernet adapter, user manuals on flash drive, packaged in a hardened or soft case.

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Explorer 510 Rental

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Inmarsat BGAN Coverage

The Inmarsat constellation consists of 14 satellites in geostationary orbit (GEO), roughly 35,786km above the Earth’s surface – operating in the L-band, Ka-band and S-band.

The Inmarsat-6 satellites are dual-band satellites supporting both L-Band and Ka-Band frequencies. These include I-6 F1, launched 22nd December 2021 and I-6 F2 successfully launched on 17th February 2023. The latter is said to have enabled Inmarsat to support four times the amount of network traffic, meaning faster speeds, continued reliability of service and greater coverage.

Since a BGAN terminal uses the L-band for reception and transmission (the L-band has a very long wavelength), it is able penetrate through clouds and other atmospheric condition far better than large satellite dishes.

BGAN and BGAN M2M Coverage Map

Considering the Cobham Explorer 510?

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 Distribution Partner and not just a reseller. We also provide a no-cost BGAN Firewall option for high-security, and Auto-Registration terminal pre-configuration for one-button activations… and many many other benefits.


Have a question?

We have been designing and building satellite communication hardware for 20 years, for use cases as varied as data backhaul for weather balloons through to first responders requiring connectivity in a crisis. Reliable, secure, practical solutions is what we're all about.

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