In business, government, and beyond, data is king. For some, data can improve productivity and accelerate innovation. For others, data delivers crucial information that can defend and save lives. With the desire for more data increasing, access to it at the right time can be the difference between success and failure. Imagine a military convoy needing satellite imagery to move across the terrain. Poor connectivity can jeopardize the quality of data putting the crew’s safety and mission at risk.

Today, Cisco introduces the Cisco ESR6300 Embedded Series Router with new capabilities helping to reliably connect, unlock data and meet these time-critical deadlines. It delivers 20x faster encryption processing than the previous model. It has all the capabilities of our IR1101 router, including edge compute, but in a form factor that allows military and industrial equipment builders to embed the router into their products.

Gigibit speeds in the right form factor

Now, equipment builders wanting to digitize their products can provide scalable video, voice and data services. Powered with Cisco IOS-XE, its small size, gigabit speed and edge compute capabilities mean that high speed access to critical data can be built into anything – including drones, vehicles, and remote equipment.

Military grade

Need high-speed connectivity in military equipment? No problem. This router has undergone rigorous testing and will obtain all appropriate certifications for military use cases, including FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria, as well as compliance with the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD)’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program.

Scales and secures with Intent-based networking

Also current Cisco networking customers will love the Cisco ESR6300 Embedded Series Router. Now they can extend their Cisco intent-based network and all its benefits to their IoT edge – even if that edge is in remote machinery, vehicles, trains and ships. Intent-based networking provides the automation, security and analytics to help scale the network by simplifying operations, extending security policies, and providing proactive management.


In fact, tens of thousands of Cisco embedded products are already deployed in harsh, remote environments. Examples include:

  • Machinery that oil and gas companies use to monitor and analyze data from some of the most remote, harshest environments in the world.
  • Commercial airplanes, trains, trucks, and emergency vehicles that need high-quality connectivity with right level of mechanical ruggedization – including temperature and shock vibration.
  • Advanced tactical networks in military equipment such as drones, tanks, ground vehicles, and more.

This latest embedded router release offers all the benefits of a proven product suite and the support of a market leader, with IHS Markit® naming Cisco #1 in the Industrial IoT Edge Networking as well as in the sub-categories of switching, routing and wireless access.

Small yet fast, secure yet simple to deploy, and certified for military use cases – the Cisco ESR6300 Embedded Series Router delivers on all fronts, especially when combined with embedded switching from the ESS3300 Series Switches. For more about how this embedded router can support IoT devices and solutions, please review the full product details.


Vikas Butaney

SVP / GM, Cisco Networking

SD-WAN, Multicloud, and Industrial IoT