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TCE-621/B   Cryptel-IP
IP Encryption Device

The TCE-621/B is a link encryption device for IP-based computer networks, developed by Thales in Oslo (Norway) around 2010 for use by NATO. The TCE-621/B is suitable for 10/100 Mbps IP networks and provides end-to-end data protection. Is is the current NATO IP Crypto Equipment (NICE) and is interoperable with all members of the Cryptel-IP family including the TCE-621/M.
 
The TCE-621/B is intended for base stations and can be used on a desktop as well as in a 19" rack. The image on the right shows a typical TCE-621/B as it was used by NATO for training. It provides full RED/BLACK separation and has separate connections for each type at the rear.

All controls are at the front. At the far right is the power switch with a blue 24-button keypad to its left. At the center is a 2-line LCD screen that is used for interaction with the user. At the far left is a slot for a smart card, which is used here as Crypto Ignition Key (CIK).
  

Immediately to the right of the CIK is the FILL socket. With an appropriate adapter cable, the FILL socket can be connected to a standard DS-101 (DTD) or DS-102 (KOI-18) key transfer device. The TCE-621 is available in two versions: TCE-621/B and TCE-621/C. The B- variant offers 10 and 100 Mbps data rates, whilst the C-version offers a Gigabit interface as well. Furthermore, each model is available in three variants:
 
  • With NATO NICE algorithm (EINRIDE)
  • With (public) AES algorithm (optional with customer-specific vector)
  • Dual (both NICE and AES algorithms)
CIK slot Close-up of the keypad FILL socket and indicators Compartment for the backup battery Front view Rear view Network cables

 
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References
  1. Thales, TCE-321/B
    Date unknown. Retrieved April 2014.

  2. NATO IACD, TCE 621/M
    Retrieved April 2014.

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