Connecting a Fiber-Optic Cable to a QFX Series Device

 

The QFX Series has field-replaceable unit (FRU) optical transceivers to which you can connect fiber-optic cables. You can remove and replace the cables without powering off the device or disrupting the switching functions.

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

To connect a fiber-optic cable to an optical transceiver installed in the QFX Series:

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.

Warning

Do not stare into the laser beam or view it directly with optical instruments even if the interface has been disabled.

  1. If the fiber-optic cable connector is covered by a rubber safety cap, remove the cap. Save the cap.
  2. If the optical transceiver is covered by a rubber safety cap, remove the cap. Save the cap.
  3. Insert the cable connector into the optical transceiver.
  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. Bending the cables beyond their minimum bend radius can damage the cables and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose.

    Caution

    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.