Mako 6500-E Series

Secure Internet access, control and reporting

Mako 6500-E Series Network Appliances

The Mako 6500-E is an award-winning network security appliance for small sites and businesses that access the Internet via an Ethernet connection. Some models of the 6500-E also feature an additional built-in cellular connection, allowing business the option to connect to the Internet using a wireless signal if an Ethernet network is not available. The Mako 6500-E incorporates a powerful firewall complemented by a host of technologies designed to help protect businesses that process, store or transmit credit card data.

Complete Security

Mako 6500 appliances employ a range of industry-leading security technologies, such as a stateful inspection firewall, port scanning protection, worm detection, AES 128-bit encryption for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and support for Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) remote network access.

PCI DSS Certification

Any business that processes, stores or transmits credit card data must meet security requirements set up by the credit card companies to help reduce fraud, known as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).

The Mako 6500-E is specially built with the PCI DSS in mind, allowing businesses to quickly and easily lock down computer and payment networks.

Mako Networks was the first company in the world to hold a Level 1 PCI DSS certification for network management, the highest level of certification available. 

Cellular Failover

As an additional connection option, the Mako 6500-E is available with a cellular wireless connection, capable of being used as a ‘failover’ option in case the primary Ethernet connection goes down. The Mako 6500-E will automatically switch over to use cellular data if the network connection drops, offering businesses continuity in the case of unexpected interruptions.

In areas where Ethernet connections are not available, or in remote locations, cellular can also be set as the primary connection method. 

Easy to Deploy

Like all Mako appliances, the 6500-E automatically receives configuration information from the Mako CMS via the cloud, so there’s little to set up besides plugging in power and network cables.

Integrated Router

The Mako 6500-E incorporates a fully featured TCP/IP router to provide access to the Internet, connecting via Ethernet at speeds up to 100 Mb per second.

Embedded Wi-Fi

Mako 6500 appliances include Wi-Fi for customer hotspots or general business use. Using the Mako CMS, administrators can set limits and parameters around guest access, or protect against unauthorized wireless connections.

Easy Setup Virtual Private Networks

External networks connected by Mako appliances can be linked to the Mako 6500-E in seconds by three easy mouse clicks via the CMS, without requiring static IP addresses. Each 6500-E can simultaneously link up to 20 external VPNs. The Mako 6500-E can also connect to third-party equipment and firewalls.

Centralized Logging/Reporting

Mako 6500-E appliances securely send traffic information back to the CMS every few minutes. This data is used to generate easy-to-understand graphical reports about network usage, including data use by site, user and timeframe, real- time reporting of intrusion attempts, and records of Internet traffic. Based on this information, the CMS can also send proactive alerts regarding data usage, device temperature, worm detection, and more.

Simple Troubleshooting

A color-coded LED panel on the Mako 6500 provides Internet and network connection information at a glance. For non- technical users, this makes it easy to quickly diagnose network issues. When technical support is needed, helpdesk technicians use the CMS to view and control the appliance status, connections and configuration, making it easy to troubleshoot and resolve issues without the need for site visits.

Hardware Specification

LAN Interface 2 x Ethernet RJ45 10/100 Mbps ports. Auto crossover.
WAN Interface 1 x Ethernet RJ45 10/100Mbps port. Auto crossover.
Power Supply External 100 or 240VAC Input (50 or 60Hz)12VDC output
USB Port For support functions (i.e. manual configuration).
Chassis Dimensions 8.58 x 8.58 x 1.57 inches |  218 x 218 x 40 mm (L x W x H)
Operating Temperature 41° F to 104° F | 5° C to 40° C
Humidity 10% to 90% relative, non-condensing
Hardware VPN Encryption Supported
Power Consumption 10W – Typical

Wireless Specification

802.11 b/g/n
Bandwidth Up to 300 Mbps
Security WPA2 Personal
Frequencies 802.11b/g: 2.412 GHz – 2.472 GHz
802.11n HT20: 2.412 GHz – 2.472 GHz
802.11n HT40: 2.422 GHz – 2.462 GHz
Other Integrated access point scanning
Wireless Multimedia (WMM)
Output Power < 100 mW (e.i.r.p.)

Compliance Specification

Network Protocols PPP over Ethernet (RFC 2516 PPPoE)
2G Standards GSM, GPRS, EDGE
2G Frequencies 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G Frequencies 850, 900**, 1900, 2100 MHz
Electromagnetic Compliance EN55022 – CSPIR 22 Class B (EMC)EN55024 – CSPIR 24 (Immunity)FCC Part
15 Class B
Safety Standards CB, IEC 60950, EN 60950 & AS/NZS 60950
U.S. Compliance FCC part 68
NZ Telecoms PTC 257 (3G)
Environmental Lead-free and RoHS compliant
Firewall Stateful Packet Inspection

**Note: not available on all versions

Features and Benefits

  • Centrally managed, automated software updates, 24×7 monitoring, remote office access, advanced diagnostics and syslogs
  • Detailed reporting including Mako usage, PC usage, remote VPN, current status and more
  • Control over Internet access, traffic threshold management, high usage notifications and worm alerts
  • A simple, uncluttered interface with enhanced ease of use and navigation
  • Dual LAN with DHCP
  • Dynamic DNS support
  • VPN – 20 concurrent IPSec, 10 concurrent PPTP
  • Embedded Wi-Fi
  • Optional PCI DSS compliance and Mako Guardian Content Filtering
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