Cobham-Thrane Explorer 500


Description Details


Portable Inmarsat BGAN terminal


Performance and portability combined

EXPLORER 500 is the perfect choice, when working off the beaten track, but still dependant on a reliable connection. Whether travelling alone or in smaller teams this terminal meets the need for mobile  access to office resources, providing  access to phone networks and internet simultaneously. Though smaller than a standard laptop, this satellite terminal supports your need for per- formance and is easy to set-up and to operate.

The most used BGAN terminal

Unmatched in deployed quantities in the world today, the EXPLORER 500 is the preferred choice to support various applications.


The ideal combination of performance and portability. Provides simultaneous high quality voice and broadband  access at speeds up to 464 kbps. It supports LAN, USB, Bluetooth and phone/fax interfaces.


Weighing only 1.4 kg and smaller thana standard laptop. Making it easy to carry along when travelling the world.


 1 x Analogue RJ-11 phone / fax interface

 1 x Bluetooth interface (Version 1.2)

  • Antenna: Integrated in transceiver unit
  • Frequencies: 2400.0 – 2483.5 MHz
  • Max. coverage outdoor: 100m / 328ft
  • Max. devices connected: 7 handsets , 1 PC, etc.
  • Profiles supported: Cordless handset; serial port;
  • service discovery application;
  • dial-up networking; LAN access
  • Standard: Power Class 1

 1 x LAN interface

  • Connector type: RJ-45, MDI-X
  • Data rate: 10/100 Mbps
  • Max. cable length: 100m / 328ft (Cat5 UTP)
  • Standard: ISO/IEC 8877:1992. and IEEE
  • 802.3 (1998 edition)

 1 x USB interface

    • Version: 1.1 (slave)
    • Connector type: Mini B plug
    • Max. data rate: 12 Mbps
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Max. cable length: 5m / 16.4ft

 1 x BGAN SIM-Card slot






Total H / W / D:    218 / 217 / 52 mm

                        8.6 / 8.5 / 2.1 inches

Weight (incl. battery): 1.4kg / 3.1lbs

Data capabilities

Standard IP:   Up to 464 kbps

Streaming IP:  32, 64, 128 kbps

Voice capabilities

Standard voice:  4 kbps

Premium voice:  3.1 kHz audio, 64 kbps

Text capabilities

SMS:  160 characters

Inmarsat frequencies:  1525.0 – 1559.0 MHz (Rx)

                              1626.5 – 1660.5 MHz (Tx)

 EIRP:  15.1 dBW ±1dB

 LCD display:  Graphical high resolution, back lit

 User interface:   Four navigation keys and powerbutton

                       Audio and LCD pointing aids. LED indicators.

                       Thrane & Thrane web interface

 Languages: UK, FR, DE, ES, RU and CN

 Approvals:   CE, FCC, GMPCS

                 Inmarsat Class 2 Type Approval





  • EXPLORER 500 terminal
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • LAN cable
  • USB cable
  • 100-240VAC power supply
  • Getting started kit – Quick start guide, CD with manuals




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