MCD-4800 by Ground Control

Ground Control MCD-4800 "The Football"

A No-Pointing Wi-Fi Global Satellite Internet Hotspot

The MCD-4800 or MCD-4801 are auto-pointing BGAN satellite terminals and both are easily operated by anyone requiring no training or certification to use.

  • Satellite Internet connectivity – globally – All locations (except polar).
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot for all in-range devices up to 100 meters (328 feet!).
  • Broadband speeds of 464 Kbps (94.5% as fast as the fastest BGAN).
  • May be operated by anyone. Online in about 1 minute after power on.
  • Operates stationary or in-motion, on land or open ocean.
  • Weighs 25 lbs (11 kg) and will run for up to 5 hours on internal battery.
  • Internet, Phone-Voicemail (MCD-4800 only), SMS Messaging – A Mobile Office.

The MCD-4800 or the MCD-4801 “Mobile Communications Device”, also known as “The Football”, are auto-pointing BGAN satellite terminals that require no user training to operate. Simply place the weatherproof case on the ground or on a boat deck… or on any surface with a clear view of the sky, rain-or-shine, anywhere in the world and turn it on and close the lid – no pointing necessary. Within a minute the MCD-4800 becomes a powerful WiFi hotspot accessible by any wireless device within a 100 meter range for up to 5 hours on internal battery power. This auto-pointing solution uses the high performance Hughes 9450 in-motion BGAN terminal integrated with our proprietary mobile electronics for a ruggedized self-contained, in-field or on sea, user-friendly global communications link.

While the MCD-4800 is primarily used as a wireless hotspot, the front panel includes a weather sealed Ethernet port and a phone port to connect a standard phone.

The charge port has a watertight seal for several external power sources such as a portable solar panel, external battery, or vehicle power adapter.

The display shows current system status and remaining battery power and a light sensor allows the display to be backlit at night (backlight may be enabled/disabled). The MCD-4800 only has one button, the power button located inside of the case.

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