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Connecting a Fiber-Optic Cable to a Switch

EX Series and OCX1100 switches support optical transceivers, which are field-replaceable units (FRUs). You can connect fiber-optic cables to these transceivers.

Before you begin connecting a fiber-optic cable to an optical transceiver installed in a switch, ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions for safe handling of lasers (see Laser and LED Safety Guidelines and Warnings for Switches).

To connect a fiber-optic cable to an optical transceiver installed in a switch:

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 transceivers emit laser light that can damage your eyes.

  1. If the fiber-optic cable connector is covered with a rubber safety cap, remove the cap. Save the cap.
  2. Remove the rubber safety cap from the optical transceiver. Save the cap.
  3. Insert the cable connector into the optical transceiver (see Figure 66).

    Figure 66: Connecting a Fiber-Optic Cable to an Optical Transceiver Installed in a Switch

    Connecting a Fiber-Optic Cable to an Optical Transceiver Installed
in a Switch
  4. Secure the cables so that they are not supporting their own weight. Place excess cable out of the way in a neatly coiled loop. Placing fasteners on a loop helps cables maintain their shape.

    Caution: Do not bend fiber-optic cables beyond their minimum bend radius. An arc smaller than a few inches in diameter can damage the cables and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose.

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

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Modified: 2015-06-23