Connecting the Optical ILA to External Devices
Connecting the Optical ILA to a Management Ethernet Device
You can monitor and manage the optical ILA by using a dedicated management channel. Use the management port to connect the optical ILA to a network for out-of-band management.
You cannot use the management port to perform the initial configuration of the optical ILA. You must configure the management ports through the console connection before you can successfully connect to the optical ILA using the management ports. See Optical ILA Modes of Operation.
Ensure that you have an appropriate cable available. See Optical ILA Management Cable Specifications and Pinouts.
To connect an optical ILA to a network for out-of-band management (see Figure 1):
- Connect one end of the cable to the management port (labeled
MGMT) on the optical ILA.
- Connect the other end of the cable to the management network device.
Connecting the Optical ILA to a Management Console
The optical ILA has a console port with an RJ-45 connector. Use the console port to connect the device directly to a management console, such as a laptop, or to a console server.
Ensure that you have an RJ-45 to DB-9 rollover cable available. An RJ-45 cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter is provided with the device.
If your laptop or PC does not have a DB-9 plug connector pin and you want to connect your laptop or PC directly to the optical ILA, use a combination of the RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter supplied with the device and a USB to DB-9 plug adapter. You must provide the USB to DB-9 plug adapter.
- Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the console port
- Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable directly to a management console or console server.
Connecting the Optical ILA to the Network and External Devices
The optical ILA provides signal amplification to boost the dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) signal as it propagates along the fiber-optic cable. It is used to connect to trunk fibers to enable long-distance transmission over many hundreds of kilometers of fiber-optic cable. Two pairs of the LC ports on the front panel of the chassis are used for this purpose. Typically, either another optical ILA or an IPLC (installed in a PTX3000 router) is connected at the far end of this trunk fiber, which could be as far as 62 miles (100 km) away depending on the availability and condition of the fiber plant. Additionally, the optical monitor ports can be connected through the LC single fiber cables to measurement equipment and test equipment such as optical spectrum analyzers or optical power monitors that are used for testing, monitoring, and debugging.