Knowledge Center

1.Is the MCD Voyager considered as a vehicular terminal?

No, it is a portable satellite broadband terminal that achieves IP connectivity while stationary or on the move.

2.What is the composition of the MCD Voyager?

The MCD Voyager integrates the high performance Thuraya IP Voyager into a ruggedized self-contained, auto-pointing satellite broadband terminal. Built for extreme environments, contained in a watertight, crush proof, dust proof reinforced plastic pelican case.

3.Do I need to point the terminal to connect to the network?

No, all what you need to do is open the terminal and it will connect automatically in less than a minute without the need for any user interaction

4.Do I need to open the case in order for the terminal to operate?

No, you just need to turn the terminal on and then you can use it even with the case lid closed

5.What are the power requirements?

Runs for up to 5 hours on internal battery for normal use and 5 Hours standby time, may be plugged into a vehicle 12V power port for continuous operation or charging. Recharge time is about 4 hours from full discharge

6. What are the product features?

  • Standard IP of up to 444kbps (receive), 404kbps (send)
  • Streaming IP 384kbps
  • Wi-Fi : 802.11b/g/n - Up to 100 meter WiFi range
  • Two external all weather ethernet RJ-45 ports, Power/Charge port
  • IP66 with the case lid closed
  • Operates from -25ºC to +70ºC (-13ºF to 158ºF).
  • Dimensions: 432 x 349 x 171 mm
  • Weight: 11.5 Kg

7.What will be the Wi-Fi range if the MCD Voyager case lid is closed?

Wi-Fi range will still be up to 100-meter range

8.Are all PoE devices supported?

Class 4 (802.3at) PD devices are not supported.

9.What are the types of service available on the MCD Voyager?

The Thuraya coverage footprint covers more than two-thirds of the globe across 161 countries in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and Middle East.

10.What are the key end-user activities provided by MCD Voyager?

All of these services whilst the user is stationary or on the move:


  • Broadband internet access
  • Email, web mail, web browsing
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • File transfer (FTP)
  • Video conferencing
  • Video streaming
  • Intranet, E-commerce

11.Who are the target subscribers for MCD Voyager?

Ideal for on-the-move operations that requires rapid response, such as emergency and disaster response, critical missions and public safety. Users in the defense, government, telemedicine and disaster response sectors can rely on this broadband terminal to give internet access in areas beyond terrestrial network coverage.

12.What types of Quality of Service (QoS) does MCD Voyager offer?

  • Standard IP: This is a contentioned service that offers shared channel resources among several users. This means that in any spot beam, the number of users logged on and are actively using the service will be sharing the available channels. The throughput may vary depending on the amount of data transmitted and received by various users sharing the channel.
  • Streaming IP: This is a contentionless service that offers dedicated throughput on a channel for a user. Within Streaming IP, different types of QoS are available ranging from 16kbps to 384kbps for uplink as well as downlink. In this mode, if a subscriber opts for 384kbps uplink and 64kbps downlink, the 384kbps uplink bandwidth and 64kbps downlink bandwidth is dedicated to this subscriber only. The throughput is constant during the session

13.What are the uplink and downlink options available on Streaming IP?

Thuraya is the innovator of this service. The IP Voyager offers Asymmetric Streaming services which enable users to have numerous uplink/downlink bandwidth options. It offers unmatched flexibility for variable uplink and downlink streaming bandwidths to suit any type of dedicated bandwidth requirement.


This results in significant cost savings for the customer.

14.Which company manufactures the MCD Voyager terminal?

MCD Voyager is based on the high quality IP Voyager which is manufactured by Hughes Network Systems, which integrated into the MCD Voyager by Ground Control global satellite communications.

15.What does the MCD Voyager package contain?

  • MCD Voyager terminal case
  • AC/DC power supply charger
  • Mini-inverter for running off a vehicle power port
  • International plug adapters US, UK, EU, AUS, CN
  • Laminated Quickstart guide affixed to lid
  • Miniature compass
  • Carry bag to hold contents of system components
  • USB flash drive with user manuals, mobile status gadget, software

16.Do I have to install software on my PC before connecting the MCD Voyager?

MCD Voyager is a true plug and play device. The browser on your PC that supports Java can be used to operate this terminal. You can also operate the terminal by using any smartphone or a tablet that support Wi-Fi, e.g. iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Samsung, etc.

17.How much does the MCD Voyager cost?

Please consult your account manager or Thuraya Service Partner for the cost of the terminal.

18.Will my MCD Voyager be upgraded automatically if there is a new version?

No, you have to download the new version of the software from the MCD Voyager web page on Thuraya website and then upgrade the firmware on your terminal by following the steps described in the upgrade manual.

19. Do I have to add specific applications to improve the performance of the MCD Voyager?

The performance of any satellite IP link can be improved by using special Performance Enhancement Proxy software. You can easily download the software from our website or you can request for it from Thuraya Customer Care.