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Mounting a PTX10016 in a Four-Post Rack Using a Mechanical Lift


Because of the router's size and weight, the PTX10016 can only safely be installed using a mechanical lift.


Do not install line cards in the chassis until after you mount the chassis securely on a rack or cabinet.


Before front-mounting the router on a rack or cabinet, have a qualified technician verify that the rack is strong enough to support the router's weight and is adequately supported at the installation site.

Before you install the router:

Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to install the router:

  • A mechanical lift rated for 1000 lb (453.6 kg)

  • 12 mounting screws appropriate for your rack

  • A Phillips (+) screwdriver, number 2 or number 3, depending on the size of your mounting screws


If you are installing more than one router in a rack or cabinet, install the first router at the bottom of the rack.

To install the router using a mechanical lift (see Figure 1):

  1. Ensure that the rack or cabinet is placed in its permanent location and is secured to the building. Ensure that the installation site allows adequate clearance for both airflow and maintenance. For details, see PTX10000 Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance.
  2. Load the router onto the lift, making sure it rests securely on the lift platform.
    Figure 1: Loading the PTX10016 into a Rack Using a Mechanical Lift
    Loading the PTX10016 into
a Rack Using a Mechanical Lift
  3. Using the lift, align the router in front of the rack, centering it in front of the base brackets.
  4. Lift the chassis approximately 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) above the surface of the base brackets. Align the chassis as close as possible to the base brackets.
  5. Carefully slide the chassis onto the adjustable base and rear mounting brackets until the chassis flanges contact the rack rails. The base and rear brackets ensure that the holes in the chassis flanges align with the holes in the rack rails. See Figure 2.
    Figure 2: Attaching the Chassis Flange to the Rack
    Attaching the Chassis Flange
to the Rack
  6. Move the lift away from the rack.
  7. Attach the chassis to the rack by installing a mounting screw through the open flange holes and rack, starting from the bottom.
  8. Visually inspect the alignment of the router. If the router is installed properly in the rack, all the mounting screws on one side of the rack are aligned with the mounting screws on the opposite side and the router is level.
  9. After ensuring that the router is aligned properly, tighten the screws.
  10. After you install the mounting screws and securely bolt the chassis to the rack, reinstall the components in the chassis.