Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot runs on the Inmarsat satellite network and provides your devices with a 464 kbps internet connection.

 

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Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot runs on the Inmarsat satellite network and provides your devices with a 464 kbps internet connection.

The Explorer 540 is very similar to the Explorer 510, however the Explorer 540 is specifically geared towards installations and applications at fixed locations.

Included with the Explorer 540 is a pole mount kit and all required cables for long-term outdoor installation – you just need to add LAN cable of 1 to 100M length.

Unlike the 510, the Explorer 540 does not come with a battery, mains charger, or carry bag. However it supports 10-32VDC input as well as Power Over Ethernet (PoE).

Additionally, the Explorer 540 does not have wireless LAN / Wi-Fi built-in. You need to add an external PoE Wi-Fi router to share its internet with other devices.

The Explorer 540 does not come with a voice handset, but does have a SIP server built-in and thus a SIP phone can be easily connected to the Explorer 510 via LAN.

For M2M (Machine to Machine) applications, the Explorer 540 also has I/O ports that can be connected to external sensors for remote control and monitoring purposes.

Additionally, the Explorer 540 is available with an optional 4G modem for least cost routing, enabling it to use cellular when available, and satellite connection if not.

***Explorer 540 is available with significantly cheaper airtime if you go the contract/subscription route. See our Inmarsat BGAN airtime contracts for details.

For further reading have a look at the Explorer 540 brochure, or see the Explorer 540 installation guide.

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Inmarsat BGAN Coverage Map

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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.

Cobham Explorer 540 Key-Features

  • High quality satellite internet solution for fixed sites.
  • Includes pole-mount kit for installation outdoors.
  • Optional 4G modem can be added for least cost routing.
  • Built in SIP server for voice calls, just connect a SIP phone
  • Semi-global coverage – works everywhere except the polar regions
  • No power supply or battery – use Power Over Ethernet (PoE) or connect 10.5-32VDC
  • 3 x I/O ports for M2M applications
  • Supplied with free PoE Wi-Fi Router by Ashbury SatCom
  • Download speed 464kbps, upload speed 292kbps
  • 202mm x202mm x52mm
  • 1600 grams
  • Standard 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Cobham Explorer 540 Applications

Recommended for:

  • Internet at fixed sites with relatively low bandwidth requirements.
  • M2M and remote monitoring applications.
  • 4G/satellite Least Cost Routing via optional 4G modem.
  • Voice calls facilitated by SIP phone connected to LAN port.

Usage Observations:

  • Needs a PoE Wi-Fi Router in order to provide Wi-Fi on site, without which a POE injector or external battery is required for power.
  • Can facilitate the installation of a landline on site by means of connecting a SIP phone to the Explorer 540.
  • The flat part of the Explorer 540 is its satellite antenna. It needs to remain pointed towards the satellite for operation.
  • Due to the aforementioned the Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN is not suitable for use on vessels except with a gimbal.

Performance:

  • 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:

  • Travel.
  • Excessively bandwidth-hungry applications such as Netflix.

Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN Airtime Options

While our pre-paid vouchers for the Explorer 510 Inmarsat BGAN Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot presents a relatively cheap way of loading a bit of airtime as and when needed, our monthly subscription options offer significantly cheaper charges per megabyte.

Note that, as with all our our satellite wi-fi hotspots, Ashbury SatCom offers a free network firewall that can, on request, be configured to restrict certain types of traffic from your wi-fi hotspot in order to minimise your airtime usage.

Explorer 510 Box-Contents

  • Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN terminal
  • Pole Mount Kit
  • Inmarsat BGAN SIM Card
  • Cable Gland Kit
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Free PoE Wi-Fi Router by Ashbury SatCom
  • Pre-Paid airtime voucher or monthly subscription from Ashbury SatCom

Explorer 540 + 4G Modem Box-Contents

  • Explorer 540 Inmarsat BGAN terminal
  • Pole Mount Kit
  • Inmarsat BGAN SIM Card
  • Cable Gland Kit
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Free PoE Wi-Fi Router by Ashbury SatCom
  • Pre-Paid airtime voucher or monthly subscription from Ashbury SatCom
  • LTE Cat 4 Modem
  • Cellular Antenna
  • Modem Extension Kit