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The CX-RANGER-EX is a portable, rugged, 5-Bay RAID system that provides outstanding performance, high storage capacities, and AES-256-bit hardware encryption without any loss of speed. The CX-RANGER-EX supports direct connection to HDD imagers for forensic or other security applications. Full hardware encryption means there is absolutely no communication between the host OS and the drive until the user connects the Data Encryption Key (DEK). Only at this time will the interface controller be unlocked to communicate between the CX-RANGER-EX and the host OS.

Experience the Ciphertex Edge

When data security is paramount oranizations turn to Cipthertex. Our products are subjected to extensive enviromental testing for heat, vibration and shock. With multiple Data Encryption Keys you can feel confident your data is secure when unattended or in transit between locations. High speed RAID provides hardware redundancy for added security.


  • Rugged military-grade aluminum 5-Bay enclosure with durable handle for easy transport
  • Includes 5 x 7200RPM Enterprise Class 3.5” HDD as well as a hardware
  • RAID controller for exceptional speed, protection and ultimate reliablity
  • Delivered in user’s preferred RAID configuration: Supports RAID 0,1,5, 6, 10 and JBOD
  • Supports hot spare and automatic rebuild
  • AES-256-bit full hardware encryption using Data
  • Encryption Keys (DEK)
  • Experience the Ciphertex Edge
  • Three (3) DEK keys included with unit. (Addition keys available for purchase)
  • Quad-interface 2 x FW 800/400; USB 3.0; eSATA for flexible system connectivity
  • Intuitive graphical user-interface (GUI) for easy system setup and real-time drive activity and status
  • 3 year warranty with optional 2 years for purchase

5 x 7200RPM Enterprise Class 3.5” SATA HDD

1 x USB 3.0 Ports 1 x eSATA 2 x Firewire 800/400

Status/Power, USB, Drive 1-5

Power switch

100-120 V AC 50/60Hz Max continuous power: 60W

Input: 10-85% non-condensing

0 - 40 ̊C (32 ̊F ~ 104 ̊F)

1 x 3” fan

Height: 8.75” (222.3mm) Width: 6.0” (152.4mm) Depth: 10.0” (254.0mm)

Ciphertex New OS Software

Ciphertex’s new Linux-based OS featuring ZFS has the ability to maintain the utmost data integrity. Not only does our OS inherit the amazing native features of ZFS, its powerful features ensure persistent, reliable storage management, protection against data corruption, seamless capacity expansion, several data integrity mechanisms, as well as pool and disk encryption protection.

  • Intuitive web-based management interface allows easy management from any machine, tablet, or smart phone with a web browser
  • NAS and iSCSI storage supporting VMware® and Microsoft® Hyper-V
  • Integrated AES-256 bit encryption for data security
  • Integrated Encryption Key Management supports multiple encryption key types, user-assigned passphrases up to 512 characters, and integration with any KIMP key server
  • Easy-to-upgrade firmware to take advantage of new features as they become available
  • Multi-factor authentication further protects against unauthorized access
  • Remote power-on and power-off
  • Built-in firewall and antivirus protection for exceptional security
  • Microsoft Active Directory integration for ease of management
  • Supports standard file sharing protocols such as Windows Shares and Unix NF
  • NIS integration for seamless Unix user environment
  • Automatic monitoring warns of impending hardware failure and performance degradation
  • Data deduplication and compression for increased capacity
  • Thin provisioning and partitioning for efficient data storage
  • Internal, high capacity AFS storage
  • Automatic healing of file systems
  • USB storage sharing and one button quick backup via the USB-C port 
  • Equivalent RAID levels: 0,1.5,6,7,10