The Fortress ES520 Deployable Mesh Point brings quickly deployable secure wireless communications to environments with no available infrastructure through a self-forming, self-healing mesh network. The ES520 offers strong FIPS 140-2 validated security and is upgradeable to NSA Suite B algorithms. Delivered in a small and rugged form factor with an integrated eight-port Ethernet switch and industry-leading radio range, the Fortress ES520 provides secure voice, video and data communications for rapidly deployable kits, vehicle-based networks, emergency response or situational awareness.
Any wireless network used in tactical, small-unit environments must support mobility of the nodes. Mesh networks allow nodes to move within the area of operation, forming links with new neighbors and dropping links with old neighbors. With best-in-class range and Fortress FastPath Mesh™, Fortress Secure Wireless Bridges ensure high performance networking under highly mobile conditions, allowing individuals and assets to move within the network and to seamlessly leave and join the network.
In military operations, when personnel, sensors, supplies, soldiers and vehicles are introduced into an austere operating environment, Fortress Secure Wireless Bridges allow these distributed assets to connect to the network without the installation and management constraints associated with traditional wired networks.
Fortress Deployable Mesh Points provide secure, net-centric, wireless communications in an easily deployable form factor engineered specifically for harsh outdoor environments.
Typical applications where the ES520 would be an appropriate solution
Fortress extends its capabilities by offering embedded systems for integration into other equipment manufacturer’s platforms. Fortress’ flexibility to design embedded mesh point or embedded client solutions into network systems or intelligent device platforms, leverages our core technology and delivers value to our customers and partners. OEM integration partnerships drive incremental utility to existing systems, optimizing SWAP+C and accelerating the adoption of wireless technology more broadly across the market. Fortress designs and controls the entire implementation and collaborates with strategic partners to uniquely adapt and integrate secure wireless mesh capabilities into a variety of solutions.
Dimensions:• 8.8" x 8.2" x 2.7"
Weight:• 4.9 lbs
Mounting:• Tool-less Mast Mounting• Direct Wall Mount
Operating temperature:• -10⁰C to +55 ⁰ C (14⁰ F to +131 ⁰ F)
Storage Temperature:• -37⁰C to +72⁰ C (-35⁰ F to +161 ⁰ F)
Cooling:• Convection cooled (no fans)
Humidity:• 5% - 95% non-condensing
Voltage:• 10 to 30 VDC • POE (802.3af)• PSE sourced power to 50W
Ethernet:• 8 x RJ45 Ethernet 10/100BT
WAN:• 1 x RJ45 Ethernet 10/100BT
USB: • 1 x USB host connector
Serial: • 1 x RJ45 connector
Antenna:• 2x N-Type Connectors
FIPS:• FIPS 140-2 level 2
Encryption: • AES-CTR-128/192/256 • AES-GCM-128/256 • AES-CCM-128 • WPA2 (802.11i) • IPsec (Suite B and Legacy) • NSA Suite B Upgradeable*
Sustained FIPSCrypto Throughput50 Mbps
Access:• Secure Browser-based GUI• Serial CLI (physical access)• SSH (network)• SNMP monitoring
Indicators:• Power• Clr• Status 1• Status 2• Radio1 Up• Radio1 Down• Radio2 Up• Radio2 Down• Ethernet link/activity
Control:• Reset Button
IP Compatibility:• IPv4 and IPv6• Integrated DHCP and DNS
Wireless:• Self-forming, self-healing, and path optimizing Fortress FastPath Mesh™
ES520-35:• Radio 1: 500mW 802.11a/b/g• Radio 2: 750mW 802.11a
ES520-34:• Radio 1: 250mW 802.11a/b/g/n • Radio 2: 800mW 802.11n 4.4GHz
Safety and Emissions:• CE, FCC, ETSI, CB Test, IC, RoHS
DFS:• FCC, ETSI
NIST:• FIPS 140-2 level 2
JITC:• UCAPL Certified
Wi-Fi Alliance:• Wi-Fi a/b/g
Weather ResistanceProtection Rating:• IP56, NEMA 4• Watertight Enclosure Lightening Arrestors
MTBF:• 100,000 hrs
Manufacturing Origin:• USA
Warranty:• Includes 1 year of limited warranty
* NSA Approval Required
Fortress products deliver much higher performance by using a hardware crypto FPGA that enables fast, deterministic performance to protect against timing attacks. Our hardware-based true random number generator (TRNG) is especially critical for devices that do not have user interaction from which to collect entropy to reliably generate random numbers. A fast, reliable hardware implementation is critical in supporting real-time applications such as encrypted voice and video, as well as scaling to handle increasing application throughput and bandwidth needs. Fortress' cryptographic implementation has passed rigorous examination and been approved by NIST.
The NSA Suite B initiative is a common set of cryptographic algorithms to create products that meet the widest range of US Government needs. Suite B Cryptography is built on COTS information-assurance products using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and is under evaluation by the NSA to protect information up to the SECRET level. Fortress products are NSA Suite B capable and can be upgraded where approval is achieved.
FastPath Mesh is link protocol agnostic and utilizes all interfaces and radio links to reach a destination using the lowest cost path. The resulting network is a unique mix of proactive and reactive protocols designed to work together to improve network performance and address moving nodes.
Overlaid on the mesh is end-to-end encryption and capabilities to eliminate multicast/broadcast flooding for improved overall network performance. Fortress's implementation includes a fully distributed DNS capability and is IPv4 and IPv6 multicast-aware.
Fortress products offer Industry-leading Wi-Fi range and performance. Using industry standard 802.11 a/b/g and n, Fortress radios operate in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi bands and optional 802.11a-type communications in the 4.4 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands. Fortress has demonstrated performance with distances in excess of 32 miles.
Secure Wireless Access Bridge with one 2.4 / 5.8 GHz & one 5.8 GHz Radio
Secure Wireless Access Bridge with one 2.4 / 5.8 GHz & one 4.4 GHz Radio
Suite B Enhanced Security Software Option(Licensed on a per device basis)
FastPath Mesh Software Option(Licensed on a per device basis)
MeshViewer Software Option(Licensed on a per installation basis)
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