Product of the Week: GET Engineering CES-6300 Compact Embedded Router

January 19, 2021


Product of the Week: GET Engineering CES-6300 Compact Embedded Router

Automotive, aerospace, and defense systems need enterprise-grade connectivity too.

The CES-6300 from GET Engineering is a secure mobile network router powered by the Cisco® ESR6300 Embedded Series Router. The 8.13" x 6.80" x 4.29", 7.3-lb. tactical router features six ethernet interfaces (two routed and four switched), allowing the network interface to connect to personal or local area networks as an aggregation point in vehicles, aircraft, and a range of other mobile or fixed use cases.

As shown above, the CES-6300 router has been designed to meet MIL-STD-810 (humidity, shock, vibration, altitude), MILSTD-461 (EMI/EMC), and RTCA DO-160 standards through a rugged mechanical design that features MIL-DTL-38999 connectors with EMI gaskets. These ports feature a MIL-STD-704F-compliant input voltage range of 18 to 36 VDC, as well as MIL-STD-1275D filtering.

The FIPS-140-compliant CES-6300 features onboard hardware encryption, offloading packet encryption/decryption from the routing engine so it can focus on video, voice, and data networking. Additional security capabilities include a Trust Anchor module (TAm), secure boot, image signing, and runtime defenses.

The secure mobile network router features 4 GB of DDR4 memory and 4 GB of usable eMMC flash. It is also packaged with Cisco's IOS XE enterprise operating system, which includes open, standards-based interfaces; high-availability features; and built-in security to automate network operations and optimize bandwidth-intensive applications. 

The CES-6300 in Action

The CES-6300 comes with an integrated Layer 2 switch. Two of the six onboard Gigabit Ethernet ports are reserved for Layer 3 wide-area networking, while the remaining four are Layer 2 LANs. The platform also includes an asynchronous RS-232 serial port for integration with operational systems.

In use, the router delivers a range of IPv4 and IPv6 services, including support for multicasting, network address translation (NAT), standard and multipoint generic routing encapsulation (GRE), dynamic DNS, DNS proxy, DNS spoofing, access control lists (ACLs), IP service-level agreements, virtual route forwarding (VRF) lite, and serial data encapsulation and relaying.

Supported protocols include:

  • Routing information protocol (RIP) version 1 and 2
  • 802.1d spanning tree protocol (STP)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) version 2 and version 3
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Next-Hop Resolution Protocol (NHRP)
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)

The CES-6300's fanless, conduction-cooled design allows it to operate in harsh temperatures from -40°C to +71°C.

Getting Started with the CES-6300

Ordering options for the CES-6300 include variants with 802.3af PoE or 802.3at PoE+ support, or the inclusion of a 1 Gbps, 850-nm Fiber Optic multimode embedded WAN data link.

In terms of licensing options, users can choose from two Cisco offerings: Network Essentials and Network Advantage.

The Network Essentials licensing option adds support for IPSec, crypto tunnels, FlexVPN, Internet Key Exchange, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Configuration Professional, Cisco Networking Services, Connectionless Network Service (CLNS), Hierarchical Queuing Framework, VLAN, Call Home, raw sockets, Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA), and host of additional protocols.

To that, the Cisco Network Advantage license option provides access to MPLS, BFD, RSVP, TCP optimizations, app-aware QoS policies and troubleshooting, and the Cisco DNA Center add-on license.

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