Cobham EXPLORER 540 Dual Mode BGAN M2M-Cellular terminal

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EXPLORER 540 delivers always available connectivity for critical monitoring and control applications.


Cobham EXPLORER 540 Dual Mode BGAN M2M-Cellular 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. 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 world’s first BGAN M2M terminal designed to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and cellular 2G/3G/LTE networks, EXPLORER 540 delivers always available connectivity for critical monitoring and control applications.

The BGAN M2M service uses Inmarsat BGAN to provide a reliable, global, two-way IP data service. It is designed to connect monitoring and control applications in remote, unmanned locations, providing visibility and management of those assets. By combining BGAN M2M with cellular connectivity in the same terminal, EXPLORER 540 gives users the opportunity to choose the best carrier for any location.

Dual Mode BGAN M2M

EXPLORER 540 is the only Inmarsat BGAN M2M terminal to offer dual mode operation, which provides unique flexibility and M2M data communication cost-control, as it ensures the most costeffective communication service can be chosen depending on location. Securing continuity of M2M IP data transfer, which often originates in hard to reach, remote locations, 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 can provide unmatched service availability. The terminal is well suited for bespoke M2M solutions such as IP SCADA for data backhaul, asset tracking, real-time surveillance and remote telemetry.

Designed for 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. The durable casing and a dust and water resistant IP66 design makes EXPLORER 540 the perfect choice for any kind of fixed installation outside or inside.

More Information
Part Number EXP540

- EXPLORER 540 is BGAN M2M certified and BGAN Class 2 Type Approved for services such as BGAN Link
- Lightweight and rugged IP66 design ensures durability for outside mounting - no enclosure needed
- Polemount included in the package • Simple to set up and operate
- Versatile power options with both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 10-32VDC input
- Two cable glands for easy installation of standard power and Ethernet cables into the back housing
- Remote management of the terminal via SMS including configuration, debugging, and access to the web interface
- The optional cellular 2G/3G/LTE Modem is an integrated part of the design
- Automatic failover between BGAN and the cellular network ensures continuous connectivity.



Total H / W / D

202 / 202 / 51.8 mm

7.8 / 7.8 / 1.6 inches

Weight (incl. battery)

1.6kg / 3.5lbs

Data capabilities

Standard IP

Up to 464 kbps

Streaming IP

32, 64, 128 kbps (Not for BGAN M2M)

Voice capabilities (Not for BGAN M2M)

Standard voice

4 kbps

Premium voice

3.1 kHz audio, 64 kbps


15.1 dBW ±1dB

User interface

One LED (Status), 1 Reset Button, web interface


ENG, FR, DE, ES, RU, JP and CN


CE, FCC, IC, C-TICK, Inmarsat Class 2 Type Approved and BGAN M2M Certified

Environmental conditions


Operational (ambient):

-40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +167°F

Extended Operational:

> +55°C / +131°F (special conditions apply)


-55°C to +80°C / -67°F to +176°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

IP-66 Compliant


DC input range:

10.5-32VDC Pin Connector

PoE input

Type 2 Class 4 via RJ45 Connector

Power consumption

Standby :1.9W (@ 12VDC) 3.5W (PoE)

Transmit :19W (typical)

Off : < 21mW (Wake up function with GPIO or timer)

Network Inmarsat BGAN
Brand Cobham
Package Includes - EXPLORER 540 terminal
- Polemount
- Quick Start Guide
- Multi-language webserver (ENG, FR, DE, ES, RU, JP and CN)
- 2 Cable Glands and 1 Blanking Plug
- Security torx bit for back cover
- Allen key for polemount
Airtime Rates

Inmarsat BGAN Monthly Subscription Plans 





- $50 Activation Fee (Waived for Platinum and Titanium Plans)

- Streaming services available for all plans; appropriate equipment required.

- Flex Plan is restricted to land use only.

- South America consists of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

- Southern Africa region consists of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Inmarsat BGAN Prepaid Airtime 

- Vouchers may also be used for voice calls
- Voice call expiry rate is 9.1 minutes per MB 


Other BGAN Airtime Services


BGAN Link Plans

BGAN M2M Plans

How much is a MB? 

When you send and receive emails, transfer files or pull up web pages – you are transferring data.   All the data that you send and receive online can be broken down into megabytes (MB’s).  It is difficult to provide an exact conversion of data type to MB, because everything thing you send and receive is unique and may be either large or small, but we can provide a pretty good estimate based on typical usage.  A MB is approximately 99 plain text emails, 3 emails with attachments, 5 web pages or 1 digital photo. 

To speak with someone about choosing the best BGAN option for your needs please call 305-405-7173.

Coverage Map

Coverage Area
North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia