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Cobham Explorer 300 BGAN


Product Information

Small, rugged and easy-to-use, the EXPLORER 300 keeps you connected to the world when you need it most, wherever you are, whatever you do.


Don’t be fooled by its small-size, light weight and stylish looks: the EXPLORER 300 is packed with muscle and ready to pounce. Slide it out of your backpack or briefcase, plug it in to your laptop or handset, and connect to the world.

Go anywhere, do anything

Weighing in at just 1.4kg, the EXPLORER 300 is the smallest BGAN terminal, ideal for adventurers and business travelers who need to stay connected wherever they go, whatever they do. Making a business call from the back of an all-terrain vehicle perched on the edge of a seething hot tropical forest? Paying your bills from an arctic rig, with ice whipping across a frozen sea? Just point the antenna and get down to work: this is the EXPLORER 300; easy to pack, simple to operate and tough as nails. You can go anywhere and do anything with this unit at your side. The EXPLORER 300 is compact, durable and able to deliver full BGAN connectivity for voice and data no matter how extreme the conditions. If you travel light, and really need to stay connected, this is the terminal for you.

Portable and Rugged

With 384kbps standard IP and up to 64kbps streaming, the EXPLORER 300 lets you to browse the internet, stream audio and video, send emails, transfer files and make voice calls quickly and easily. But it’s the combination of lightweight portability PLUS the ability to operate under extreme conditions that makes the EXPLORER 300 truly stand-out. Built to withstand temperatures of -13° to +131° F (-25° to +55° C), and the size of a small laptop, this is the terminal for the traveler who needs to pack light, move fast and go anywhere. Able to resist dirt, dust and splashed water to the rigorous IP54 standard, the EXPLORER 300 has proven itself in the field time and time again. With a standby battery life of 36 hours, a night-friendly LCD back-lit display, and its small size, 6.6” x 8.5” x 2.1” (168 x 217 x 52mm), the EXPLORER 300 is the practical answer to the traveler who needs to know that wherever they go, whatever they do, they have a BGAN terminal that can get the job done.

Travelling with an EXPLORER 300 in your backpack or briefcase puts you in that club of scientists, professionals, businesspeople, adventurers, soldiers, sailors and first responders who need to access a real-time, rugged, dependable system of global communications satellites for their critical communication needs. There is a reason INMARSAT terminals are used the world over, and a reason the EXPLORER 300 is built the way it is: they work when you need them, from wherever you take them.

Easy to set-up

With an integrated antenna, and a simple, sleek design, the EXPLORER 300 is one single, solid unit, so it’s easy to un-pack and set-up under any circumstances. This ease-of-use is a critical design feature that makes the EXPLORER 300 fast and dependable when you need it most. In an emergency, in unfamiliar circumstances, or under-extreme weather conditions, you need equipment that is easy-to-use and built to work. The EXPLORER 300 is both. Field-tested and practical, operating the EXPLORER 300 is meant to be simple every step of the way: connect the terminal to your laptop or hand-set, hit the On button, point it in the right direction and you are good to go. It’s as simple as that. From then on, its easy and familiar to operate: you can make a voice call to any phone number in the world by simply dialing the number. You can send email, connect to your VPN, stream video or audio, all as simply and easily as if you were back in your office, safe and sound, looking wistfully out your window, waiting for your next adventure…

The design incorporates a one-button, no laptop auto-connect, auto-activate configuration to make it easy to get up-and-running, and the browser interface is designed to be intuitive and simple to navigate when needed. These features really make a difference when you need to connect, conditions are rough, and critical work needs to get done. You can use the built-in Bluetooth connection if you want to go cordless, or plug-in your handset with a standard cord: the EXPLORER 300 keeps it simple and easy. When circumstances get extreme, or time is short, the EXPLORER 300 delivers. It isn’t just pretty, it isn’t just tough: it’s easy. That’s the EXPLORER 300.


  • Weighs just 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
  • Compact size: 6.6” x 8.5” x 2.1” (168 x 217 x 52mm)
  • Full BGAN connectivity: voice, data and audio or video streaming
  • Delivers internet speeds of up to 384Kbps down, 240Kbps up
  • Streaming speed of up to 64 Kbps
  • Built for extreme weather conditions
  • Operates in extreme heat and cold: -13° F to +131° F degrees (-25° to +55° C)
  • IP54 standard - built to resist dirt, dust and splashed water
  • 36-hour standby battery life
  • LCD backlit display for use in dim light or at night
  • Intuitive browser interface for easy navigation
  • Simple four (4) button control for advanced menu options
  • One (1) button no-laptop, auto-connect auto-activate configurations
  • Built-in Bluetooth for cordless phone operation
  • Works with any standard corded or cordless phone


Key Highlight:
Highly compact, robust device
Thrane & Thrane www.thrane.com
217 x 168mm (1.4kgs)
Standard IP:
Up to 240 / 384kbps (send / receive)
Streaming IP (send & receive):
32, 64kbps
Via RJ-11 or Bluetooth handset / headset
Other Ports interfaces:
Ethernet, Bluetooth
Ingress protection:
IP 54
Terminal Capability:
Internet, Email, Phone, VoIP, FTP, FoIP (Fax), SMS Text, Video Streaming
Internet Connection Speed:
Internet, Email, Phone, VoIP, FTP, FoIP (Fax), SMS Text, Video Streaming
BGAN Rx/Tx Frequencies:
L-band, Rx @ 1525.0-1559.0 MHz, Tx @ 1626.5-1660.5
+10 dBW Max Radiated Power
Wireless LAN:
Not available
Ethernet (RJ45) , Phone (RJ11)
Other Ports:
Power & Charge Port
Phone Features:
Call forwarding, call barring, call waiting, call holding, call transfer
Streaming Services 1:1CIR:
32Kbps, 64Kbps
V 1.2, 25 Meter radius, Support for Cordless handset, headset, and serial port.
6.6" x 8.5" x 2.1" (168 x 217 x 52 mm)
3.1 lbs (1.4 kgs)
Onboard Battery Life:
36 hours on standby, 3.5 hours continuous RX, 1.4 hours continuous transmitting/streaming
15 volts DC, 110 to 240 volts AC
Power Usage:
Standby = 0.8 watts (typical), Transmit = 14 Watts, Charging 38 Watts max
95% RH at +40°C (+104F)
Operating Temperatures:
+32° F to +131° F (0˚ C to +55˚ C) operating with battery, or -25˚ C to +55˚ C without battery.
Battery Charging Temperature:
+32° F to +113°F (0˚ C to 45˚ C)
Battery Storage Times:
1 year @ 68° F (or less), 3 months at 113° F , 1 month @ 140°
Battery Recharge Time:
Less than 3 hours
Rain / Water / Dust:
IP54 Compliant dust and spray protection from any direction
0.5 m/1.64 ft drop on concrete with 95% survival

What's Included

  • Explorer 300
  • AC/DC Power Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Battery
  • Instruction Kit


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