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Unpacking and Mounting the EX9208 Switch
Unpacking the EX9200 Switch
The switch is shipped in a wooden crate. A wooden pallet forms the base of the crate. The switch chassis is bolted to this pallet. Quick start installation instructions and a cardboard accessory box are also included in the shipping crate.
The switch is maximally protected inside the shipping box. Do not unpack it until you are ready to begin installation.
Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available:
Phillips (+) screwdrivers, number 1 and 2
1/2-in. or 13-mm open-end or socket wrench to remove bracket bolts from the shipping pallet
Cover panels to cover any slots not occupied by a component
To unpack the switch:
- Move the shipping crate to a staging area as close to the installation site as possible, where you have enough room to remove the components from the chassis. While the chassis is bolted to the pallet, you can use a forklift or pallet jack to move it.
- Position the shipping crate with the arrows pointing up.
- Open all the latches on the shipping crate.
- Remove the front door of the shipping crate cover and set it aside.
- Slide the remainder of the shipping crate cover off the pallet.
- Remove the foam covering the top of the switch.
- Remove the accessory box and the Quick Start installation instructions.
- Verify the parts received against the lists.
- Remove the vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) packs attached to the pallet, being careful not to break the VCI packs open.
- To remove the brackets holding the chassis on the pallet, use a 1/2-in. socket wrench and a number 2 Phillips screwdriver to remove the bolts and screws from the brackets.
- Store the brackets and bolts inside the accessory box.
- Save the shipping crate cover, pallet, and packing materials
in case you need to move or ship the switch at a later time.
Figure 1 shows an EX9208 switch in the shipping crate. The contents are the same for all EX9200 switches.
Unpacking a Line Card Used in an EX9200 Switch
The line cards for EX9200 switches are rigid sheet-metal structures that house the line card components including network ports. The line cards are shipped in a cardboard carton, secured with foam packing material.
The line cards are maximally protected inside the shipping carton. Do not unpack the line cards until you are ready to install them in the switch chassis.
Before you unpack a line card:
Ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage (see Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage).
Ensure that you know how to handle and store the line card (see Handling and Storing Line Cards).
To unpack a line card (see Figure 2):
- Move the shipping carton to a staging area as close to the installation site as possible.
- Position the carton so that the arrows are pointing up.
- Open the top flaps on the shipping carton.
- Pull out the packing material, which holds the line card in place.
- Remove the line card from the antistatic bag.
- Save the shipping carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the line card later.
Parts Inventory (Packing List) for an EX9208 Switch
The switch shipment includes a packing list. Check the parts you receive in the switch shipping crate against the items on the packing list. The packing list specifies the part number and provides description of each part in your order. The parts shipped depend on the configuration you order. See EX9208 Switch Configurations for more information.
If any part on the packing list is missing, contact your customer service representative or contact Juniper customer care from within the U.S. or Canada by telephone at 1-888-314-5822. For international-dial or direct-dial options in countries without toll-free numbers, see https://www.juniper.net/support/requesting-support.html .
All line cards ordered are shipped separately. Line cards are not listed on the switch’s packing list.
The base configuration is available only with AC power supplies. The redundant configuration ships with either AC or DC power supplies.
Table 1 lists the parts and their quantities in the packing list for a base configuration and a redundant configuration switch.
Table 1: Parts List for Different EX9208 Switch Configurations
Base Configuration Quantity
Redundant Configuration Quantity
Chassis, including the midplane and front-mounting brackets
Routing Engine module (RE module)
Switch Fabric module (SF module)
One of the following:
4 AC (low-line or high-line) or 4 DC
Cover panels for slots without installed components
Table 2 lists the parts contained in the accessory box. The same accessories ship with both configurations of the switch.
Table 2: Accessory Box Parts List
Screws to mount chassis and small shelf
DC power terminal Lugs, 6 WG
RJ-45-to-DB-9 cable to connect the switch through the serial port
Cable management brackets
Terminal block plug, 3-pole, 5.08 mm spacing, 12A, to connect the alarms
Label, accessories contents, EX9208
Read me first document
Affidavit for T1 connection
Juniper Networks Product Warranty
End User License Agreement
3 in. x 5 in. pink bag
9 in. x 12 in. pink bag, ESD
Accessory Box, 19 in. x 12 in. x 3 in.
Ethernet cable, RJ-45/RJ-45, 4-pair stranded UTP, Category 5E, 15'
ESD wrist strap with cable
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Installing and Connecting an EX9208 Switch
The EX9208 switch chassis is a rigid sheet-metal structure that houses the other hardware components such as Switch Fabric modules (SF modules), Routing Engine module (RE module), line cards, power supplies, fan tray, and air filter. The switch is shipped in a wooden crate. A wooden pallet forms the base of the crate.
To install and connect an EX9208 switch:
- Follow instructions in Unpacking the EX9200 Switch.
- Mount the switch by following instructions appropriate for your site:
- Follow instructions in Connect Earth Ground to an EX Series Switch.
- Follow instructions for connecting power as appropriate for your site:
- Perform initial configuration of the switch by following instructions in Connecting and Configuring an EX9200 Switch (CLI Procedure)
- Set the switch’s management options by following the appropriate instructions:
Installing a Mounting Shelf in a Rack or Cabinet for an EX9208 Switch
The switch can be installed in a four-post rack or cabinet or in an open-frame rack. Install the mounting hardware on the rack before installing the switch.
We recommend that you install the mounting shelf, which is included in the shipping container, before installing the switch because the weight of a fully loaded chassis can be up to 163.6 lb (74.2 kg).
Table 3 specifies the
holes in which you insert cage nuts and screws to install the mounting
hardware required (an
X indicates a mounting
hole location). The hole distances are relative to one of the standard
U divisions on the rack. The bottom of all mounting shelves is at
0.02 in. above a U division.
Table 3: Four-Post Rack or Cabinet Mounting Hole Locations
Distance Above U Division
2.00 in. (5.1 cm)
1.51 in. (3.8 cm)
0.88 in. (2.2 cm)
0.25 in. (0.6 cm)
To install the mounting shelf on the front rails of a four-post rack or cabinet, or on the rails of an open-frame rack:
- If needed, install cage nuts in the holes specified in Table 3.
- On the back of each rack rail, partially insert a mounting screw into the lowest hole specified in Table 3.
- Install the mounting shelf on the back of the rack rails. Rest the bottom slot of each flange on a mounting screw.
- Partially insert the remaining screws into the open holes in each flange of the mounting shelf (see Figure 3 and Figure 4).
- Tighten all the screws completely.
Moving the Mounting Brackets for Center-Mounting an EX9200 Switch
Two removable mounting brackets are attached to the mounting holes closest to the front of the chassis. You can move the pair of brackets to another position on the side of the chassis for center-mounting the switch.
- Remove the three screws at the top and center of the bracket.
- Pull the top of the bracket slightly away from the chassis. The bottom of the bracket contains a tab that inserts into a slot in the chassis.
- Pull the bracket away from the chassis so that the tab is removed from the chassis slot.
- Insert the bracket tab into the slot in the bottom center of the chassis.
- Align the bracket with the two mounting holes located
toward the top center of the chassis.
There is no mounting hole in the center of the chassis that corresponds to the hole in the center of the bracket.
- Insert the two screws at the top of the bracket and tighten
Two screws are needed for mounting the bracket on the center of the chassis. You do not need the third screw.
- Tighten the two screws completely.
- Repeat the procedure for the other bracket.
Mounting an EX9200 Switch on a Rack or Cabinet Using a Mechanical Lift
Because of the size and weight of the switch, we strongly recommend using a mechanical lift to install the switch.
Do not install line cards in the chassis until after you mount the chassis securely on a rack or cabinet.
Before front-mounting the switch on a rack or cabinet, have a qualified technician verify that the rack or cabinet is strong enough to support the weight of the switch and is adequately supported at the installation site.
Before you install the switch:
Ensure the site has adequate clearance for both airflow and hardware maintenance as described in Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance for an EX9204 Switch, Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance for an EX9208 Switch, or Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance for an EX9214 Switch.
Ensure you understand how to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage. See Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage.
Unpack the switch as described in Unpacking the EX9200 Switch.
In a four-post rack or open-frame rack, install the mounting shelf. See Installing a Mounting Shelf in a Rack or Cabinet for an EX9204 Switch, Installing a Mounting Shelf in a Rack or Cabinet for an EX9208 Switch, or Installing a Mounting Shelf in a Rack or Cabinet for an EX9214 Switch.
Review chassis lifting guidelines described in Chassis Lifting Guidelines for EX9200 Switches.
Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to install the switch:
A mechanical lift
7/16-in. (11-mm) nut driver
Phillips (+) screwdrivers, number 1 and 2
ESD grounding wrist strap
If you are installing more than one switch in a rack or cabinet, install the first switch at the bottom of the rack.
To install the switch using a mechanical lift:
- Attach the ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist and connect the strap to the ESD point on the chassis.
- 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.
- Load the switch onto the lift, making sure it rests securely on the lift platform.
- Using the lift, position the switch in front of the rack or cabinet, centering it in front of the mounting shelf installed in the rack.
- Lift the chassis approximately 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) above the surface of the mounting shelf and position it as close as possible to the shelf.
- Carefully slide the switch onto the mounting shelf so
that the bottom of the chassis and the mounting shelf overlap by approximately
Slide the switch onto the mounting shelf until the mounting brackets contact the rack rails. The shelf ensures that the holes in the mounting brackets of the chassis align with the holes in the rack rails.
- Move the lift away from the rack.
- Install a mounting screw into each of the open front-mounting holes aligned with the rack, starting from the bottom.
- Visually inspect the alignment of the switch. If the switch 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 switch is level.
Figure 8 shows installing an EX9208 switch in an open-frame rack. The procedure is the same for all EX9200 switches.
Mounting an EX9208 Switch on a Rack or Cabinet Without Using a Mechanical Lift
To install the switch in the rack (see Figure 9):
If you are installing more than one switch in a rack, install the lowest one first. Installing a switch in an upper position in a rack or cabinet requires a lift.
Before front mounting the switch in a rack, have a qualified technician verify that the rack is strong enough to support the weight of the switch and is adequately supported at the installation site.
Lifting the chassis and mounting it in a rack requires two people. The empty chassis weighs approximately 65.5 lb (29.7 kg).
- Prepare the site for installation as described in Site Preparation Checklist for an EX9208 Switch.
- Ensure the site has adequate clearance for both airflow and hardware maintenance as described in Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance for an EX9208 Switch.
- Unpack the switch as described in Unpacking the EX9200 Switch.
- Remove all components except the midplane from the chassis. See:
- Ensure that the rack is in its permanent location and is secured to the building. Ensure that the installation site allows adequate clearance for both airflow and maintenance.
- Position the switch in front of the rack or cabinet, centering it in front of the mounting shelf. Use a pallet jack if one is available.
- With one person on each side, hold onto the bottom of
the chassis and carefully lift it onto the mounting shelf.
To prevent injury, keep your back straight and lift with your legs, not your back. Avoid twisting your body as you lift. Balance the load evenly, and be sure that your footing is solid.
- Slide the switch onto the mounting shelf until the mounting brackets contact the rack rails. The shelf ensures that the holes in the mounting brackets of the chassis align with the holes in the rack rails.
- Install a mounting screw into each of the open mounting holes aligned with the rack, starting from the bottom.
- Visually inspect the alignment of the switch. If the switch is installed properly in the rack, all the mounting screws on one side of the rack must be aligned with the mounting screws on the opposite side and the switch must be level.
After you install the mounting screws and securely bolt the chassis to the rack, reinstall the components in the chassis. See: