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Maintaining the MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Air Filter

 

Maintaining the MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Air Filter

Purpose

For optimum cooling, verify the condition of the air filter.

Action

  • Regularly inspect the air filter. A dirty air filter restricts airflow in the unit, producing a negative effect on the ventilation of the chassis. The filter degrades over time. You must replace the filter every 6 months.

    Caution

    Always keep the air filter in place while the device is operating. Because the fans are very powerful, they could pull small bits of wire or other materials into the through the unfiltered air intake. This could damage the components.

  • The shelf life of polyurethane filter varies from two years to five years depending on the storage conditions. Store in a cool, dry, and dark environment. Wrap the media in plastic and store in an environment with relative humidity between 40%- 80% and temperature between 40° F (4° C) to 90° F (32° C). Note that if the material flakes, or becomes brittle when rubbed or deformed, it is no longer usable.

Replacing an MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Air Filter

Removing an MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Air Filter

Caution

Do not run the router for more than a few minutes without the air filter in place.

Caution

Always keep the air filter in place while the router is operating, except during replacement. Because the fans are very powerful, they could pull small bits of wire or other materials into the router through the unfiltered air intake. This could damage the router components.

The air filter is installed on the right side of the fan tray. To remove the air filter (see Figure 1):

  1. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end of the strap to an ESD point.
  2. Remove the fan tray as described in Removing an MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Fan Tray.
  3. Press the release tab on the rear of the fan tray to release the air filter.
  4. Grasp the sides of the air filter, and slide it away from the fan tray faceplate.
Figure 1: Removing the Air Filter
Removing the Air Filter

Installing an MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Air Filter

The air filter installs on the right side of the fan tray. To install the air filter (see Figure 2):

  1. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end of the strap to an ESD point.
  2. Locate the THIS SIDE MUST FACE OUT label, and ensure that the air filter is right side up.
  3. Insert the air filter into the groove located toward the front of the fan tray.
  4. Press the tab on the rear of the fan tray to allow the air filter to slide into place.
  5. Release the tab to secure the air filter.
Figure 2: Installing the Air Filter
Installing the Air
Filter
  1
Inserting the air filter into the fan tray
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Securing the air filter in the fan tray