EX4300 Cooling System

 

The cooling system in an EX4300 switch consists of two fan modules and a single fan in each power supply. EX4300 switches provide back-to-front airflow (air enters through the back of the switch), indicated by the label AIR IN (AFI), or front-to-back (air exhausts through the back of the switch), indicated by the label AIR OUT (AFO) or AIR OUT—depending on the fan modules and power supplies installed in the switch.

Fan Modules

In the EX4300 switches the fan modules are hot-insertable and hot-removable field-replaceable units (FRUs).

All the EX4300 switches, except EX4300-24T-S, EX4300-24P-S, EX4300-32F-S, EX4300-48T-S, EX4300-48P-S, and EX4300-48MP-S switches are shipped with two fan modules installed in the rear panel of the switch. EX4300-24T-S, EX4300-24P-S, EX4300-32F-S, EX4300-48T-S, EX4300-48P-S, and EX4300-48MP-S switches are not shipped with fan modules; you must order the fan modules separately. Each switch can accommodate two fan modules in the fan module slots on the rear panel of the switch. The fan module slots are numbered 0 and 1 and each slot has a fan icon next to it.

Figure 1 shows the fan module used in EX4300 switches except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S switches. Figure 2 shows the fan module used in EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S switches:

Figure 1: Fan Module Used in EX4300 Switches Except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Fan Module Used in EX4300 Switches
Except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Figure 2: Fan Module Used in EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Fan Module Used in EX4300-48MP
and EX4300-48MP-S Switches

You must remove only one fan module at a time for replacement from the rear panel of the chassis. The switch continues to operate for a limited period of time (30 seconds) during the replacement of the fan module without thermal shutdown.

Note

Both the fan modules must be installed for optimal functioning of the switch.

For EX4300 switches except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S switches, the fan modules are available in two models that have different airflow directions—back-to-front (air enters through the back of the switch), indicated by label AIR IN (AFI), and front-to-back (air exhausts through the back of the switch), indicated by label AIR OUT (AFO). For EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S switches, the fan module is available in one model that has front-to-back (air exhausts through the back of the switch), indicated by label AIR OUT.. Table 1 lists the available fan module models and the direction of airflow in them.

Table 1: Fan Modules in EX4300 Switches

Fan Module

Label on the Fan Module

EX4300-FAN

AIR OUT (AFO)

EX4300-FAN-AFI

AIR IN (AFI)

EX4300-48MP-FAN

AIR OUT

Airflow Direction in EX4300 Switch Models

Table 2 shows the direction of airflow in EX4300 switch models as shipped.

Table 2: Airflow Direction in EX4300 Switch Models

Model Number

Fan Modules and Power Supply

Direction of Airflow

  • EX4300-24T

  • EX4300-24P

  • EX4300-32F

  • EX4300-48T

  • EX4300-48P

  • EX4300-48MP

The switch ships with two fan modules and an AC power supply, each with a label AIR OUT (AFO).

Front-to-back—that is, air intake to cool the chassis is through the vents on the front panel of the chassis and hot air exhausts through the vents on the rear panel of the chassis.

  • EX4300-32F-DC

  • EX4300-48T-DC

The switch ships with two fan modules and a DC power supply, each with a label AIR OUT (AFO).

Front-to-back—that is, air intake to cool the chassis is through the vents on the front panel of the chassis and hot air exhausts through the vents on the rear panel of the chassis.

EX4300-48T-AFI

The switch ships with two fan modules and an AC power supply, each with a label AIR IN (AFI).

Back-to-front—that is, air intake to cool the chassis is through the vents on the rear panel of the chassis and hot air exhausts through the vents on the front panel of the chassis.

EX4300-48T-DC-AFI

The switch ships with two fan modules and a DC power supply, each with a label AIR IN (AFI).

Back-to-front—that is, air intake to cool the chassis is through the vents on the rear panel of the chassis and hot air exhausts through the vents on the front panel of the chassis.

Caution

Do not mix:

  • AC and DC power supplies in the same chassis

  • Power supplies and fan modules with different airflow labels (AIR IN (AFI) and AIR OUT (AFO)) in the same chassis

  • Fan modules with different airflow labels (AIR IN (AFI) and AIR OUT (AFO)) in the same chassis.

  • Power supplies and fan modules with different airflow labels (AIR IN (AFI) and AIR OUT (AFO)) in the same chassis.

Front-to-Back Airflow

In the EX4300 switch models that have front-to-back airflow, the air intake to cool the chassis is through the vents on the front panel of the switch and hot air exhausts through the vents on the rear panel. See Figure 3, Figure 4, and Figure 5.

Figure 3: Front-to-Back Airflow Through 24-Port and 48-Port EX4300 Switches Except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Front-to-Back Airflow Through
24-Port and 48-Port EX4300 Switches Except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S
Switches
Figure 4: Front -to-Back Airflow on EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Front -to-Back Airflow
on EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Figure 5: Front-to-Back Airflow Through 32-Port EX4300 Switch Chassis
Front-to-Back Airflow Through
32-Port EX4300 Switch Chassis

You must install only power supplies that have AIR OUT (AFO) labels in switches in which the fan modules have AIR OUT (AFO) labels.

Back-to-Front Airflow

In the EX4300 switch models that have back-to-front airflow, the air intake to cool the chassis is through the vents on the rear panel and hot air exhausts through the vents on the front panel of the switch. See Figure 6.

Figure 6: Back-to-Front Airflow Through the 24-Port and 48-Port EX4300 Switches Except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S Switches
Back-to-Front Airflow Through
the 24-Port and 48-Port EX4300 Switches Except EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S
Switches

You must install only power supplies that have AIR IN (AFI) labels in switches in which the fan modules have AIR IN (AFI) labels.

Do Not Mix AIR IN (AFI) and AIR OUT (AFO) Components in the Switch

Do not mix power supplies and fan modules with different airflow labels (AIR IN (AFI) and AIR OUT (AFO)) in the same chassis. If the fan modules have AIR IN (AFI) labels, the power supplies must also have AIR IN (AFI) labels; if the fan modules have AIR OUT (AFO) labels, the power supplies must also have AIR OUT (AFO) labels.

The labels on the power supplies and fan modules should match the labels on the switch chassis.

Mixing components with AIR IN (AFI) and AIR OUT (AFO) labels in the same chassis hampers the performance of the cooling system of the switch and leads to overheating of the chassis.

Caution

The system raises an alarm if a fan module fails or if the ambient temperature inside the chassis rises above the acceptable range. If the temperature inside the chassis rises above the threshold temperature, the system shuts down automatically.

Positioning the Switch

In front-to-back airflow, indicated by the label AIR OUT (AFO) on the fan modules and power supplies, hot air exhausts through the vents on the rear panel of the switch. In back-to-front airflow, indicated by the label AIR IN (AFI) on the fan modules and power supplies, hot air exhausts through the vents on the front panel of the switch.

In data center deployments, position the switch in such a manner that the AIR IN (AFI) labels on switch components are next to the cold aisle, and AIR OUT (AFO) labels on switch components are next to the hot aisle.

Fan Module Status

Each switch has a status LED for each fan module next to the fan module slot on the rear panel of the chassis. The Status LED indicates the status of the fan module. Table 3 describes the Status LED on the fan module in an EX4300 switch.

Table 3: Fan Module Status LED

LED

State

Description

Status

Green

The fan module is functioning normally.

Unlit

Indicates one of the following:

  • The fan module is not installed.

  • The fan module is not functioning normally.

  • The airflow direction of the fan module does not match with the airflow direction of other components. However, this state is not applicable for EX4300-48MP and EX4300-48MP-S switches because those switches support only fan modules with front-to-back airflow direction.

Under normal operating conditions, the fan modules operate at a moderate speed. Temperature sensors in the chassis monitor the temperature within the chassis.

The system raises an alarm if a fan module fails or if the ambient temperature inside the chassis rises above the acceptable range. If the temperature inside the chassis rises above the threshold temperature, the system shuts down automatically.

You can check the status of fans and the chassis temperature from the Environment Status option in the Status menu on the LCD panel. See LCD Panel in EX4300 Switches.