Cobham Explorer 540

The most versatile and durable BGAN M2M terminal,

EXPLORER 540, is the world’s first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication terminal to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and 2G/3G/LTE networks.


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Reliable, Flexible BGAN M2M Coverage

The all new EXPLORER 540 is the world’s first BGAN M2M terminal designed to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and cellular 2G/3G/LTE networks, meaning that the EXPLORER 540 can deliver always available connectivity for critical monitoring and control applications.

The EXPLORER 540 can be operated on Standard Inmarsat BGAN, BGAN Link and BGAN M2M services.

  • EXPLORER 540 is BGAN M2M certified and BGAN Class 2 Type Approved for services such as BGAN Link.
  • The optional 2G/3G/GPRS Modem is an integrated part of the design.
  • C1/D2 certified for hazardous zones.
  • Automatic failover between BGAN and the cellular network ensures continuous connectivity.
  • Lightweight and rugged IP66 design ensures durability for outside mounting.


BGAN Network

Upload (Transmit) Max Speed    Up to 449 Kbps – Class 2 BGAN

Download (Receive) Max Speed Up to 464 Kbps – Class 2 BGAN

Satellite Transmit Frequency       1626.5–1675 MHz (L band)

Satellite Receive Frequency         1518–1559 MHz (L band)

EIRP                                                       15.1 dBW ± 1dB

GPS Frequency                                 1574.42–1576.42 MHz


Terminal Weight                               < 1.6 Kg (3.5 lbs)

Terminal Dimensions                      202 mm x 202 mm x 51.8 mm (7.8″ x 7.8″ x 1.6″)

Interfaces – Via Cable Run –          10 Meter Standard Length

Data (Internet) Connection          Ethernet RJ-45 (with option POE Injector)

Internal Ports                     1 Micro USB for cellular 3G module-modem, SIM card slot, 3 pin I/O

Power Port                          10.5 to 32 Volts DC. Two amp minimum (no AC/DC adapter provided)

Other                                   One LED status light, 1 reset button, Web-Interface at


Operating Temperature                -40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +131°F

Storage                                            -55°C to +80°C / -67°F to +176°F

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

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

ODU Water and Dust                      IP-66 Compliant (withstands water jets from any direction)

Hazardous                                           C1-D2 Approved


Input Voltage                                     10.5 to 32 Volts DC. Two amp minimum

Normal Idle Wattage                      2.8 watts

Normal Transmit Wattage            19 watts

Wake on LAN Hibernation            less than 30mW (Wake up function active)


Reliable and versatile

EXPLORER 540 is the world’s first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication terminal to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and 2G/3G/LTE networks. With resilience a key parameter within M2M networks, the primary design goal for EXPLORER 540 is to provide the most reliable, yet versatile M2M connectivity available today.


As the only Inmarsat BGAN M2M terminal to offer dual mode operation, EXPLORER 540 introduces unique flexibility and M2M data communication cost-control, as it ensures the most cost-effective communication service can be chosen depending on location. As the most advanced BGAN M2M terminal available, EXPLORER 540 is well suited for bespoke M2M solutions such as IP SCADA for data backhaul, asset tracking, real-time surveillance and remote telemetry.

Always available

Securing continuity of M2M IP data transfer, which often originates in hard to reach, remote locations, EXPLORER 540’s dual-mode operation delivers significant failover capabilities with automatic switching between BGAN and cellular networks. For organisations transferring critical real-time data within their M2M networks, EXPLORER 540’s dual mode provides unmatched service availability.

Any environment

EXPLORER 540 is a rugged M2M terminal designed to provide reliable and secure IP data in even the harshest environments. At 20 x 20 cm and just 1.6 kg, it is the smallest and lightest BGAN M2M terminal in the market today. It comes with an included pole mount and is easy to install and simple to set-up. The durable casing and a dust and water resistant IP66 design make EXPLORER 540 the perfect choice for any kind of fixed installation outside or inside

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