Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN

The Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN satellite Wi-Fi hotspot offers the fastest satellite internet connection of any satellite Wi-Fi hotspot – 35% faster than the iSavi Inmarsat iSatHub.


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Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN Terminal

Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN  Satellite WiFi HotSpot

The Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN is a super-fast satellite Wi-Fi hotspot that runs on the Inmarsat satellite network. By creating a wireless link between the Inmarsat network and your Windows, Apple, or Android devices the Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN enables your devices with best-in-class 464 kbps internet connection.

The Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN satellite Wi-Fi hotspot enables your laptops, smartphones and tablets with the fastest satellite internet connection of any satellite Wi-Fi hotspot, that works way beyond the limits of cellular networks. Additionally, the Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN can be used to make satellite voice calls too, simultaneous to being used for internet.

The Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN satellite Wi-Fi hotspot is meant for portable satellite internet applications where the fastest of data connections is required. In contrast to the the iSavi Inmarsat iSatHub satellite Wi-Fi hotspot, the Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN satellite Wi-Fi hotspot offers an internet connection that is a good 35% faster.

Ashbury SatCom offers both prepaid vouchers and easy online pay-monthly subscriptions for Inmarsat BGAN satellite Wi-Fi hotspots and you can learn more about them from the relevant sections in our web shop.

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Cobham Explorer 510 Key-Features

  • World’s fastest portable satellite Wi-Fi HotSpot for Windows, Apple, and Android devices
  • Semi-global coverage of the Inmarsat network – works everywhere except the polar regions
  • Easy cable-free set-up: all connections are wireless and very easy to set up
  • Free apps in Apple & Android stores to manage the Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN
  • Download speed 464kbps, upload speed 292kbps
  • Simultaneous voice call and data connection
  • Battery life: 36 hours standby, 2.25 hours continuous transmit
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot has a 30meter/100feet range
  • Size of the Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN is 202mm x202mm x52mm
  • Weight of the Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN is 1400 grams
  • Extremely durable IP66 – happily works in the rain
  • Standard 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Cobham Explorer 510 Box-Contents

  • Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN terminal
  • Rechargeable Explorer 510 Battery
  • Inmarsat BGAN SIM Card
  • Explorer 510 Carry Bag
  • LAN to USB Converter
  • Mains Charger + Plug Kit

Inmarsat BGAN Coverage Map


This map shows the coverage of Inmarsat’s geo-stationary satellites, situated 39 000km above the equator. Only the north and south poles are not covered, and the coverage at the edge of the coverage nearby the polar regions isn’t guaranteed.

Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN Airtime Options

Inmarsat BGAN SIM cards can be activated on a global plan, or any one of 3 regional plans being Southern Africa, South America, or China. SIM cards on a regional plan get significantly reduced data charges in their region, while paying a 10% surcharge for usage out of the region.

Should you prefer prepaid you will see we sell discounted prepaid airtime vouchers with the Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN in our shop. For more details on our Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN prepaid services and call rates, see the Inmarsat BGAN prepaid vouchers further below.

We also offer easy online Inmarsat BGAN pay-monthly subscriptions for Explorer 510 should you prefer pay-monthly, however please note that hardware and subscriptions cannot be purchased together – you must buy them in separate transactions.

Cobham Explorer 510 Applications

Recommended for:

  • Explorer 510 can be used with all Apple, MAC, and Windows devices.
  • All apps that people typically use on their smartphones and tablets will work – i.e. no restrictions.
  • Apple and MAC users will use Explorer 510 apps to manage the terminal’s internet connection and make voice calls.
  • Windows users will manage the Explorer 510 internet using its built-in management web page, and Skype for voice calls.

Usage Observations:

  • The flat part of the Explorer 510 is its satellite antenna. It needs to remain pointed towards the satellite for operation.
  • Due to the above requirement the Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN terminal is not suitable for use on moving vessels.


  • Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN support 464 kbps download speeds without using any compression and acceleration apps.
  • Optional 3rd party compression and acceleration apps may increase throughput speeds significantly.

Not recommended for:

  • Extended use at fixed locations as terrestrial connections are cheaper to use.
  • Extensive use of excessively bandwidth-hungry applications such as live video feeds torrents.

Cobham Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN Video

Next, take a look at the iSavi iSatHub Satellite WiFi Hotspot