Establishes a wireless access point (on most systems) and wiring to computers is optional.
– Standard phone service includes 1000 free minutes each month super low-latency (500-650 milliseconds) with a local number to make and receive crystal clear calls over our iDirect satellite service.more
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Portable satellite terminals work most anywhere on the globe and deliver up to 492 Kbps speeds.
It this photo, the Malheur County Sheriff in Oregon deploys aToughsat XPfor a mobile command trailer.
Track usage, location, and many other aspects
Ground Controls two North American teleports service two different high-performance satellites that operate independent of each other. With the Dual Matrix Service, a single mobile satellite dish may connect with either of the satellites at any time, no matter the plan they subscribe to.more
Absolutely, 24 x 7 for all iDirect systems, and our support staff is based here in the United States. Its always free for service subscribers, and we even give you an 800 number to call us. Online mobile satellite support is available.
Pictures above are the stowed dimension of the Toughsat .98 meter system. The 1.2 Meter Toughsat dish dimensions are under 12 height by 48.3 W x 67.5 L. All Toughsats use the same powerful, yet simple to operate ACU (antenna control unit) or web interface to operate.
TheT-100 Communications Trailer, manufactured by Ground Control, is totally self-contained with onboard 1000 watt generator. Here the 1.2 meter XP dish is stowed for transportation.
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On our earlier mobile systems, there was a bracket that could add DirecTV and Dish Network, but satellites constantly change and many have lost their satellite TV because of these moves. If you require TV, we highly recommend the purchase of an inexpensive mobile TV system separate from your Internet/data connection.
Yes, absolutely. You may use the robust encryption, or you may at any time disable the wireless and limit connections to the network with Ethernet cables.
Ground Control sells an excellent VoIP package that has been optimized for satellite connectivity. You may buy our phones, or you may purchase a $99 VoIP adapter from us and then use it with any standard corded or cordless phone. Many of our customer have had success using Skype over our network as well.
TheToughsat Flyaway casecan both be mounted on top of a vehicle roof rack, or placed on the ground for great flexibility. The case is small enough to fit in most SUVs.
Frequently Asked Questions – Mobile Satellite SystemsWho manufactures the mobile satellite antennas?
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The system can operate on any mobile platform that gives the dish room to rotate in place. If mounting on top of a truck or trailer roof, please review the dimensions of the Toughsat XP 1.2 and 98 Meter Dishes. If mounting on top of a vehicle, we recommend using the Fly-And-Drive Toughsat that will mount a Toughsat to most any vehicle roof rack. Ground Control also sells a self contained multi-purpose T-100 communications trailer that will work with all mobile dishes we offer.
Yes. Just press the Stow button on the front panel (or from any connected browser) and the dish will stow automatically. When you arrive at the new location, simply press on the Find Satellite button. There is an optional remote keypad that allows the Toughsat ACU buttons to be placed on the drivers dashboard.
External computer control is not required. No software to install on computers.
TheTOUGHSAT XPruggedized mobile satellite system operates in all weather and wind speeds up to 75 MPH (120
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The portableToughsat Flyaway casemeans wireless broadband Internet and phone can be transported to most any location by one person.
Ground Control has a full line of in-motion satellite Internet systems with global range.
Equipment and satellite services from Ground Control are available worldwide
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With hundreds of Ground Control certified field service technicians in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, we can easily install and maintain your equipment anywhere. We are a single-source provider of both equipment and premium grade service, and since weve been manufacturing mobile systems for a decade, trust that we deliver the best value for your organization.
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No… a certified mobile installer is required since installation is fairly complicated (This does not pertain to the Flyaway Toughsat that requires no installation). You do have the option of becoming a mobile VSAT certified installer for a nominal fee using our online VSAT certification course. Ground Control has professional mobile satellite Installers throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you are using your own provider, or are located outside of North America, please contact a Ground Control sales representative for your installation options.
The rugged multi-purposeT-100 Communications Trailerwill create a .5 mile radius wireless G access point. The T-100 ultra-quiet generator will run for 9 hours on a 1 gallon tank of gas before refueling.
The Toughsat XP main screen is accessible by any connected computer by typing in the URL address into any browser.Toughsat Interface Details
Ground Control. We are a leader in mobile satellite Internet access using premium iDirect service and iDirect satellite routers. If there is a problem, we are available for support 24×7. You may also use our line of mobile satellite equipment with any other iDirect provider anywhere in the world.
Ground Control supports too many to count emergency services that rely on us to provide redundant satellites usingDual Matrix. Dual Matrix gives mobile Toughsat users access to 2 different satellites in different directions at the touch of a button… ideal if one satellite can not be found because of visual blocking obstacles.
Call for installation availability or become acertified installer onlinewith purchase of system & service.
1000 free minutes per month (16.6 hours).
Here the Toughsat is mounted onto the roof-rack of a Suburban with our popularFlyawaysystem.
Remote administration via any web browser.
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Our fastest iDirect solution is 20Mbps down and 5Mbps up. We also offer dedicated unshared channels that offer speeds of 20Mbps down and 7Mbps up. For more information on our service packages please call a Ground Control representative, or review our North American iDirect services or find our services Internationally.
A 1.2 Square Meter satellite dish is slightly elliptical (normally) and has a horizontal diameter of about 4 feet (48 inches).
Excellent for live video broadcasting – unshared services of 10 x 4 Mbps.more
Used by live news and video broadcastersStarting at $300
Press a buttonon our manufactured line ofMobile Satellite Internet Systemsfrom Ground Control and minutes later your mobile office will be online up to20 Mbpsx5 Mbpsspeeds using iDirect service from us or any iDirect provider worldwide. Satellite Internet has no dead zones, even in disaster areas. If you can see the sky, you can connect for high-speed Internet andphone. Ground Control has been a leader in auto-deploy satellite antennas withthousands of organizationssince 2002.
BGAN (short for Broadband Global Area Network) are small terminals that can fit in a laptop case and can connect with one of four satellites for transfer speeds up to 492Kbps. However, BGAN charges by the Megabyte downloaded/uploaded at about $5 a MB which is far more than VSAT mobile dish service. The trade off is BGAN is very portable compared to VSAT (satellite dishes). BGAN service also works globally with one service plan, so if youre a world traveler, BGAN may be a perfect fit. Our satellite systems on the other hand can not be carried in a laptop case and service plans may need to be changed in different countries.
Land or sea, Ground Controls MCD-4800 is global Internet in
Our mobile systems operate worldwide with any
The Toughsat T-100 multi-purpose trailer can establish a half-mile hotspot in minutes.
Our popular XP .98 meter mobile systems are as capable as our larger 1.2 meter mobile dishes.
/h). The Toughsat is manufactured by Ground Control in the U.S., and we support it 24 x 7.
Our flagship XP 1.2 meter mobile system – manufactured by Ground Control for superior performance.
Yes… however, service is dependant on the coverage area or footprint of the satellite you are connected to. Please review coverage maps of service in your region. The map will show where the signal strength is stronger and weaker. Larger dishes and radios are able to connect in regions that have a weaker signal.
Most plans are for one year term that reverts to month-to-month at the end of the term.
On the Toughsat, simply press the Deploy button on the controller (or from any connected computer) and the dish deploys and locks to the satellite automatically in about 3 to 7 minutes. All systems are completely self-contained and do not require any kind of computer to connect to the satellite and create a local area network. There is no physical labor involved in setting up the dishes or network connection. Once the satellite is found, you are online. Simply run your web browser or e-mail program.
Many emergency organizations trust Ground Control for simplifying their phone and Internet communication, and making sure it stays that way.more
Dual satelliteDual Matrixservice with Toughsat redundant technology.more
Yes. All Ground Control mobile VSAT satellite systems create a standard local area network for any type computer or wireless device. The Toughsat ACU (antenna control unit) will create a 100 foot radius 802.11 wireless G access point.
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The Flyaway Toughsat case is easily set up by one person on the ground, or vehicle roof rack
Many public agencies have installed the Toughsat on a variety of vehicles for both high-speed Internet and VoIP Phone service to create a command post in minutes.
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With or years of experience with public agencies, Ground Control offers specializedhigh-speed InternetandVoIP phoneanywhere. Ground Control supports numerous Federal, State and Local agencies (worldwide), and we can work with your agency for your specialized requirements.
A Fully Redundant Satellite Infrastructure
10 x 4 Mbps Max SpeedVideo Streaming Services with 1:1 CIR
A .98 Square Meter dish has a diameter of about 3 4 (39 inches).
Hundreds of field technicians / installers in North America.
Firmware upgrades are always free, and easy to perform. With the Toughsat, upgrades are done by pressing one button from any connected browser. We also offer auto-updating that requires no user interaction.
No. All mobile VSAT dish systems require the vehicle or rig to be parked in order to connect on the satellite. There are In-Motion BGAN satellite domes that magnetically mount to a vehicle roof, however, service fees are much higher than VSAT (satellite dish) service.
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Standard phone service (PSTN / Public Telephone Network) over your satellite connection. Uses any standard corded or cordless phone. Service includes
Satellite service is ideal when paired withVOIP phone service- crystal clear calling.
On the Toughsat, the AutoStow is for when you accidentally drive off and leave the dish up. For autostow to work, the system must be turned on (note – we do offer an integrated AutoStow battery if power is accidentally shut off). If the vehicle moves more than 10 feet, the onboard GPS will recognize the vehicle is moving and automatically stow the dish. Also, if something moves in front of the dish for longer than 10 seconds, taking the signal offline, the dish will stow. While these autostow features are not a guarantee for your hardwares safety, they are good line of defense to protect your investment. Please note that damage to your antenna caused by a moving vehicle is not covered under your Ground Control warranty.
Ground Control manufactures the Toughsat line of mobile satellite antenna systems and we are also the service provider for all mobile VSAT systems. Our manufactured equipment also works with any iDirect provider worldwide.
All speeds are listed in Kilobits per second (Kbps).
iDirect service with speeds of up to
Autostow safety feature if vehicle moves or dish goes off signal.more
The Toughsat was designed to remove the complexities of connecting. Simply press the Power Button on the ACU and wait a few seconds for the system to boot and the panel lights to stop blinking. Next, press the Deploy button and that is it. All mobile systems will automatically go up and lock onto the correct satellite. Once this happens, the network will activate and you may immediately connect to the Internet at high-speed. To stow the dish, simply press the Stow button. The dish will stow in about 2 minutes (Toughsat), and you may then drive away leaving power on or off. (Leaving power on is helpful for bookmobiles that perform frequent stops).
As much as you like. If the dish is locked on satellite, and your computer is turned on, you are online.
Yes. Our iDirect services work with with many VPNs. We also sell the Encore series of VPN devices if you are looking for a proven VPN solution over satellite.
Highly skilled, U.S. based 24-7 always free phone support.
Establishes a self-contained local area network at the touch of a button.
The Toughsat may be mounted on top of any trailer or RV with our installation base of professionals… at your location.
Use your existing iDirec satellite equipment with Ground Control.
High-speed Internet access anywhere with a view of the sky.
Mobile Satellite Internet & Phone –
This bus has been designed for disaster recovery for businesses using aToughsat XPsatellite systems. Ground Control offersspecial service pricingfor public service agencies.
$49 Annually- Includes phone – Unlimited calling
The larger the dish, the less that rain fade will hinder performance. However, it takes a fair amount of rain to knock off even our smallest dishes. Transmission may be irregular if signal quality dips, which is rare and happens only in a sever downpour. Wind can also be a factor, but our Toughsat mobile systems are designed to withstand enormous wind gusts with no-backlash braking technology, a great Toughsat feature.
Mobile command personnel do not need to be trained on how to use our equipment. Phone and Internet work just like any phone or Internet connection at the office.
VoIP phone service. Works like the phone on any desk for $49.95 per month.
After pressing the Deploy button on the Toughsat TS2 controller, the dish will deploy and auto acquire the satellite signal… in minutes it will automatically create a broadband Wi-Fi hotspot. Connect any authorized wireless capable device such as smartphones, tablets and laptops or VoIP phones. No other interaction is required, and no training or certification is required for use. To stow the dish, simply press the Stow button.Photos
A search-and-rescue rig is outfitted with a roof mountedToughsat XP. Next to it is our popularFlyaway casesystem. Both systems operate identically.
Yes, this is how installations are normally done. Ground Control will dispatch a certified mobile installer to your rig location.
Yes. One publicly routable IP address is standard with all accounts, and more are available from Ground Control.
TheToughsat TS2 ACU(antenna control unit) has a 4-port wireless router and is paired with the iDirectEvolution X5 or X7satellite gateway capable tremendous speeds of 20Mbps down and 5Mbps up with Ground ControlsiDirect service.