Connecting Interface Cables to MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers
To connect the physical interfaces to the network (see Figure 1):
- Have ready a length of the type of cable used by the component. For MIC cable specifications, see the MX Series Interface Module Reference.
- Remove the rubber safety plug from the cable connector
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 inserting or removing cable. The safety cap keeps the port clean and prevents accidental exposure to laser light.
- Insert the cable connector into the cable connector port
on the faceplate.
The XFP cages and optics on the components are industry standard parts that have limited tactile feedback for insertion of optics and fiber. You need to insert the optics and fiber firmly until the latch is securely in place.
- 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.
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.