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Installing an M10i PIC Cable


To install a PIC cable (see Figure 1):

  1. Have ready a length of the type of cable used by the PIC. For cable specifications, see the M10i Multiservice Edge Router Interface Module Reference.
  2. If the PIC cable connector port is covered by a rubber safety plug, remove the plug.Warning

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


    Do not leave a fiber-optic transceiver uncovered except when you are inserting or removing 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 PIC faceplate.
  4. Arrange the cable in the cable management system 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 in the cable management system. Placing fasteners on the loop helps to maintain its shape.Caution

    Avoid bending 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 cable hang free from the connector. Do not allow fastened loops of cable to dangle, which stresses the cable at the fastening point.

  5. Insert the other end of the cable into the destination port.
  6. Repeat the previous steps for any additional cables.
  7. If the PIC is offline (its failure indicator LED is lit), use one of the following methods to bring the PIC online:
    • Press and hold the PIC offline button until the status LED on the PIC faceplate indicates normal functioning, which usually takes about 5 seconds. The LED is usually green; for more information, see the M10i Multiservice Edge Router Interface Module Reference. The offline button for each PIC is located on the HCM and is labeled with the PIC slot number. The PICs in FPC 0 are located on the upper HCM, and the PICs installed in FPC 1 are located on the lower HCM.

    • Issue the following CLI command:

      user@host> request chassis pic fpc-slot fpc-slot pic-slot pic-slot online

      For more information about the command, see the CLI Explorer.

    The normal functioning indicator LED confirms that the PIC is online. You can also verify correct PIC functioning by issuing the show chassis fpc pic-status command described in Maintaining the M10i PICs and PIC Cables.

Figure 1: Connecting Fiber-Optic Cable to a PIC
Connecting Fiber-Optic
Cable to a PIC