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Weatherproofing the LN2600 Router

 

The LN2600 router is built to withstand water, dust, and unwanted interferences. There are two parts to securing and weatherproofing the LN2600 router cables—securing the front interface cables and the power cables, and securing the external cables.

The cable management system, along with the protective top and bottom cover panels, protects the front interface cables and power cables connected to the LN2600 router. The top cover panel has protective rubber gasket attached to it. This makes the cable management system water and dust resistant when closed.

The external exposed cables coming out of the LN2600 router need to be protected with the hose bag and cable ties. If left exposed to direct sun and rain, over time the cables may slowly get damaged.

To arrange and secure the cables:

  1. Pass the power cables through the power cable entrance.
  2. Plug the interface cables and the power cables in their respective ports on the LN2600 router.
  3. Place the cables in the grooves present on the cable management system, and secure them with the respective cable clips. Note

    When using copper cables for SFPs, do not lay the cables in the grooves present on the cable management system. Instead, just hold all the cables together neatly at one place and secure it with a cable tie.

    Figure 1 shows the cable management system without the interface and power cables plugged in to the router.

    Figure 1: LN2600 Router Cable Management System
    LN2600 Router Cable Management
System
      1
    Cable grooves
      4
    Interface cable entrance
      2
    Cable clip
      5
    Power cable entrance
      3
    Cable tie
     

    Each interface port on the front of the LN2600 router has a corresponding cable groove on the cable management system. Insert and secure the SFPs to the cable management tray starting from the port labeled 0, and gradually proceeding toward the last port labeled 7.

    Figure 2 shows the final placement of the interface cables in the cable management system. Colors used in Figure 2 are just for clarity.

    Figure 2: LN2600 Router Cable Management System with Interface and Power Cables
    LN2600 Router Cable Management
System with Interface and Power Cables
      1
    USB
      4
    DC power cables
      2
    Gigabit Ethernet SFPs
      5
    Interface cable entrance
      3
    RJ-45 console cable
      6
    Power cable entrance
  4. At the exit point, hold all the interface cables at one place with a cable tie.
  5. Pass the interface cable bundle through the interface cable entrance.
  6. At the power cable entrance, tighten the power cord screw to seal the power cord.
  7. Close the top cover panel, and secure it with three latches (see Tamper-Proof Lock).

    For enhanced security you may secure the latches with locks. This precaution ensures that the router is accessible only to authorized personal.

    Note

    When closing the top cover, make sure that the rubber gasket present on the top of the cable cover unit is properly placed on the grooves. This rubber gasket prevents water and dust from entering the LN2600 router unit.

    Figure 3: LN2600 Router with Top Cover Panel Open
    LN2600 Router with Top Cover Panel
Open
      1
    Top cover panel
      3
    Status LED
      2
    Protective rubber gasket
      4
    Bottom cable management unit
  8. Pass the interface cables that are coming out of the interface cable entrance through the grooves present in the cable seal unit.

    The cable seal is a small circular-shaped foam structure with grooves for the cables to pass through. The cable seal sits tightly on the interface cable entrance and prevents water and dust particles from entering the cable management system.

    Note

    Ensure that each groove on the foam cable seal unit accommodates only one cable through it.

    Figure 4: LN2600 Router with Interface Cables
    LN2600 Router with Interface Cables
      1
    Interface cable entrance
      3
    Interface cables
      2
    Cable seal
     
  9. Squeeze and slide the cable seal along with the interface cables into the interface cable entrance until one fourth of the cable seal foam is left.
  10. Wrap the interface cables that are coming out from the other end of the cable seal with the hose bag, and secure it tightly with the Velcro that is attached to the hose bag.

    The hose bag is a rectangular synthetic material wrapper that prevents the cables from damage due to extreme environmental conditions. The hose bag has Velcro attached to it.

    Note

    Make sure that the sewn hem of the hose bag is wrapped on to the interface cable exit.

    Figure 5: LN2600 Router Interface Cables Wrapped in Hose Bag
    LN2600 Router Interface Cables Wrapped in Hose
Bag
      1
    Hose bag
      2
    Interface cables
  11. Secure both the ends of the hose bag with the cable ties.
    Figure 6: LN2600 Router Interface Cables Protected with Hose Bag
    LN2600 Router Interface Cables Protected with Hose
Bag
      1
    Cable tie
      2
    Hose bag
  12. Apply a pull of 16 lb to the cable ties to ensure that the cables sit tightly inside the hose bag.

The LN2600 router cables are now secure from an extreme environment.