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GMN Optimizer Brings Satellite Phone Data To iPad, Laptops via Wi-Fi

GMN Optimizer Brings Satellite Phone Data To iPad, Laptops via Wi-Fi

New device reduces satellite airtime costs by 85% and accelerates email transfers by up to 20 times when used with virtually any satellite phone including the IsatPhone Pro.

Maryville, TN (PRWEB) March 22, 2012

Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speed and services, today launched the Optimizer Satellite Firewall and Wi-Fi Hotspot for users of satellite phone data services. Optimizer works with GMN XGate satellite phone email service to let users access accelerated email, web and weather data through virtually any satellite phone when used with their computer or Apple iOS device, including the new iPad.

“Optimizer solves all of these problems while saving up to 85% on airtime bills and accelerating email, web and weather data services.”
“Satellite phone email is the most efficient way to communicate when you are offshore and outside of cellular coverage,” said Dr. Luis Soltero, President and CTO of GMN. “But until now, many satellite phone users were unable to set up data easily, were afraid of runaway satellite phone bills due to accidental data requests by their computer, or simply wanted to use their satellite data service with their iPad, but couldn’t. Optimizer solves all of these problems while saving up to 85% on airtime bills and accelerating email, web and weather data services.”

Optimizer is a small Wi-Fi hotspot with a built in firewall that stops all unwanted data requests from a user’s computer. Because it generates a Wi-Fi hotspot, users can easily connect to the service with virtually any modern computer or iOS device, eliminating setup and support issues otherwise common with satellite data services. The included firewall saves customers airtime fees by blocking all unwanted traffic, while allowing compressed email, web and weather data when using XGate service. XGate also handles the phone connection: dialing, monitoring the satellite phone signal, and hanging up calls as needed.

XGate is a fast, reliable and easy-to-use satellite phone email service. Features include:

  • Up to 20 times faster email transfer speeds through compression and custom server protocols
  • Attachment filtering lets users preview headers to save unnecessary downloads while keeping large files safely accessible for later viewing
  • Mid-file restart and automatic signal detection
  • SMS notification of new emails on compatible handsets
  • Virus Scanning and Spam Filtering
  • Full DES/PGP Encryption for optimum security

XGate’s associated XWeb service accelerates web browsing an average of three to five times faster than uncompressed rates through compression, page re-rendering and ad-blocking, giving users easier and more reliable access to web sites.

GMN Optimizer wXa-102 Physical Specifications

  • Model Number: wXa-102
  • Size: 90 x 60 mm
  • Weight: 14 grams
  • Temperature:
  • Operating: 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF)
  • Storage: -20ºC to 60ºC (-4ºF to 140ºF)
  • Power input: 12-20V/1A

Optimizer can turn any USB-compatible satellite or cellular data service into a Wi-Fi hot spot. Additionally, Ethernet based satellite terminals and older satellite phones with serial ports can be used with a compatible serial-port to USB adapter.
Compatible USB-based satellite phones:

  • Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro
  • Iridium 9555
  • Iridium Extreme (9575)
  • Iridium OpenPort
  • Globalstar GSP-1700
  • All Thuraya USB-based phones

Compatible Serial or Ethernet-based phones and terminals:

  • Inmarsat FleetBroadband
  • Inmarsat BGAN
  • Iridium 9500
  • Iridium 9505, 9505a
  • Globalstar GSP-1600
  • Globalstar GSP-2900
  • Thuraya IP

The required XGate software is compatible with:

  • Windows XP, Vista and 7, both 32 and 64-bit versions
  • Apple Mac computers
  • Apple iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • Any Debian-based Linux system

Additionally, Optimizer works as a tracking device with the industry-leading GSatTrack service from Global Satellite Engineering. Optimizer provides tracking data using the GPS chip built into satellite terminals including Inmarsat FleetBroadband, BGAN and IsatPhone Pro devices.

Pricing and Availability GMN Optimizer has a suggested retail price of $150.00, and is immediately available through GMN Dealers and GMN’s satellite phone store. XGate service pricing varies depending on length of service purchased, with a one-year term costing $20/month. For detailed information regarding XGate, visit:
The XGate for iOS App is available in the Apple iTunes store at:

About Global Marine Networks, LLC
Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services, helps Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services providers and their customers by offering the industry’s fastest, most reliable and easy-to-use E-mail, web, and other hardware and software services to maritime, oil and gas, first responder and business continuity users. The company’s products include XGate high-speed satellite email, WeatherNet weather and oceanographic data software, and vessel tracking systems. Ship to shore network management solutions are sold by GMN under the RedPort Global brand name at and as white-label solutions for the world’s premier satellite data service providers.

GMN has numerous awards and certifications for technical innovation and holds pending patents on its products. For more information on how GMN is Making Airtime Count™ – whether ship to shore, or in remote or emergency communications environments visit

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