Explorer 700 Review
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The Explorer 700 is the all-time expert device for voice and broadband data communications from anywhere in the world. The terminal is the number one choice in durability and versatility being able to withstand severe conditions. The outstanding specifications of the terminal provides access to the highest bandwidth available on the BGAN network – up to 492kbps. The Explorer 700 is based on the same core technology as Explorer 500, making for easy switching between models.

Features and Benefits

Broadband Data

  • With standard IP at speeds up to 492kbps get access to email, the Internet, corporate networks and send large file attachments over a secure connection

Streaming IP

  • Guaranteed on-demand Streaming IP rates from 32kbps to at least 384kbps, and up to 450kbps with BGAN X-Stream

Simultaneous Voice and Broadband Data

  • Make phone calls at the same time as accessing data applications via a standard desktop phone


  • Meets military and government requirements for security and supports all major VPN products and encryption standards


  • Send and receive text messages via your laptop – up to 160 characters – to and from any mobile phone

Robust Hardware

  • Terminals are reliable and durable with a humidity, dust, weather and temperature-resistant design

Easy to Use

  • The system is easy to setup and operate; just plug in a laptop or PDA, or use the Bluetooth or ISDN interface, point the antenna towards the BGAN satellite – the detachable lightweight antenna includes an integral transceiver stand and transceiver-to-antenna range in excess of 100m/328ft

Global Coverage

  • BGAN is accessible globally via the Inmarsat I4 network, except in the extreme Polar Regions
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Technical Specifications

Physical Characteristics


  • < 3.7kgs (<7.7lbs)


  • Height: 297mm (11.7”)
  • Width: 339mm (15.7”)
  • Depth: 51mm (2.0”)


  • Inmarsat Class 1 Type Approval CE, FCC, GMPCS

Data Capabilities

Standard IP

  • Background class of service Up to 492kbps

Streaming IP

  • Ranging from 32, 64, 128, 256kbps

BGAN X-Stream

  • Min. 384 kbps (384 to 450kbps)

High Data Rate Streaming

  • Min 600kbps, Min300kbps (Half- channel HDR)

ISDN data

  • UDI (64kbps)/RDI 56kbps


  • 160 characters

Voice Capabilities


  • Standard voice: 4kbps
  • Premium voice: 3.1 kHz audio, 64kbps


DC input range

  • 10-32VDC

Power consumption

  • Standby/transmit: 1.2W/18W (typical)
  • During charging: 65W (max.)
  • Connector type 2.5/5.5mm power jack

AC/DC power supply

  • Input: 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz, 50W
  • Output: 15VDC
  • Connector type: 2.5/5.5 mm power jack


  • Lithium ion, (rechargeable)

Stand-by time

  • 36h, 25°C/77°F

Receive time, max.

  • 3h30m @ 492kbps (756MB)

Transmit time, max.

  • 2h30m @ 144kbps
  • 1h30m @ 492kbps

Min. number of charges

  • 300

Recharge time

  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Charge temperature

  • 0°C/+32°F to +45°C/+113°


  • 20 dBW ±1dB


Ambient operating temp

  • -25°C to +55°C (-13°F to +131°F)

Storage (excl. battery)

  • -40°C to +80°C (-40°F to +176°F)

Battery storage temperature

  • 1 month: -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
  • 3 months: -20°C to +45°C (-4°F to +113°F)
  • 1 year: -20°C to +20°C (-4°F to +68°F)

Relative humidity

  • 95% non-condensing at +40°C/+104°F


  • 0.5 m/1.64 ft drop on concrete (operational, 95% survival)

Water and Dust (Ingress protection)

  • Transceiver: IP52
  • Antenna: IP66


2 x Analogue RJ-11 phone / fax interface
1 x Bluetooth interface (Version 1.2)

  • Frequencies: 2400.0 – 2483.5 MHz
  • Max. coverage outdoor: 100m/328ft
  • Max. devices connected: 7 handsets , 1 PC, etc.
  • Standard: Power Class 1

2 x LAN interface

  • Connector type: RJ-45
  • Data rate: 10/100 Mbps
  • Max. cable length: 100m/328ft (Cat5 UTP)

1 x USB host interface

  • Version: 2.0 (host)
  • Connector type: A plug
  • Charging: Up to 2A

2 x ISDN interface

  • Connector type: RJ-45
  • Max. units per port: 8, max. total power supplied 1W

1 x Transceiver/Antenna interface

  • Connector type: TNC-TNC
  • Max. cable length: 100m / 328ft, single coax
  • Max. cable loss: 1.4 / 20dB @ 1.5GHz

2 x BGAN SIM-Card slots
WLAN Access Point (not included in 403720A-00510)

  • Standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Frequencies: 2400.0-2485.0 MHz and 5150.0-5850.0 MHz
  • Max. coverage outdoor: 100m / 328ft
  • Max. datarate: 54 Mbps

User interfaces

  • LCD High Res-Display
  • Four navigation keys and power button
  • Audio and LCD pointing aids
  • LED indicators
  • Thrane & Thrane web interface