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Step 4: Connect External Devices and Cables

Figure 8: Ethernet Cable Connector
Ethernet Cable

Tools Required to Connect External Devices and Cables

To connect external devices and cables to the router, you need the following tools:

  • Ethernet cable with an RJ-45 connector attached (provided)

  • RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter (provided)

  • Management host, such as a PC, with an Ethernet port (not provided)

Connect the ACX2200 Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management

  1. Turn off the power to the management device.
  2. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable (Figure 8 shows the connector) into the MGMT port on the front of the chassis. Figure 1 shows the port.
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into the network device.

Connect the ACX2200 Router to a Management Console or Auxiliary Device

  1. Turn off the power to the console or auxiliary device.
  2. Plug the RJ-45 end of the serial cable (Figure 8 shows the connector) into the CONSOLE/AUX port on the front panel. Figure 1 shows the port.
  3. Plug the female DB-9 end into the device's serial port.

Connect Network Interface Cables to the ACX2200 Router

  1. Have ready a length of the type of cable used by the network ports. For cable specifications, see the ACX2200 Universal Metro Routers Hardware Guide.Note

    Shielded cables are required for outside deployment.

  2. Remove the rubber safety plug from the cable connector port.Warning

    Do not look directly into a fiber-optic transceiver or into the ends of fiber-optic cables. Fiber-optic transceivers and fiber-optic cables connected to a transceiver emit laser light that can damage your eyes.


    Do not leave a fiber-optic transceiver uncovered except when inserting or removing a cable. The safety cap keeps the port clean and prevents accidental exposure to laser light.

  3. Insert the cable connector into the cable connector port on the faceplate.
  4. Arrange the cable to prevent it from dislodging or developing stress points. Secure the cable so that it is not supporting its own weight as it hangs to the floor. Place excess cable out of the way in a neatly coiled loop. Caution

    Avoid bending a fiber-optic cable beyond its minimum bend radius. An arc smaller than a few inches in diameter can damage the cable and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose.


    Do not let fiber-optic cables hang free from the connector. Do not allow the fastened loops of a cable to dangle, which stresses the cable at the fastening point.