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Installing the PTX10008 into a Rack

 

You can install a PTX10008 router into a rack by using a mechanical lift, or you can install it manually. The following sections describe both the procedures.

Mounting a PTX10008 in a 4-Post Rack Using a Mechanical Lift

Because of the router's size and weight, we strongly recommend using a mechanical lift to install the PTX10008.

Note

For instructions on installing a router without using a mechanical lift, see Manually Mounting a PTX10008 in a 4-Post Rack.

Caution

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

Caution

Before front-mounting the router on a rack or cabinet, have a qualified technician verify that the rack or cabinet 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 350 lb (158.8 kg)

  • 14 mounting screws appropriate for your rack

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

Caution

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 PTX10008 into a Rack Using a Mechanical Lift
    Loading the PTX10008 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 mounting brackets ensure that the holes in the flanges align with the holes in the rack rails. See Figure 2.
    Figure 2: Attaching the Chassis Flanges to the Rack
    Attaching the Chassis Flanges
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.

Manually Mounting a PTX10008 in a 4-Post Rack

If you cannot use a mechanical lift to install the router (the preferred method), you can install it manually.

Caution

The chassis weighs approximately 145 lb (66 kg) with only the fan tray controllers installed. Lifting the chassis and mounting it in a rack or cabinet requires at least three people. Make sure the chassis is empty (contains only the backplane) before you lift it.

The chassis has two handles that are designed for subtle positioning of the chassis. Do not lift the chassis by the handles.

Caution

Before front-mounting the router in a rack, 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:

  1. Prepare the site for installation as described in PTX10000 Site Preparation Checklist.
  2. Ensure the site has adequate clearance for both airflow and hardware maintenance as described in PTX10000 Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance.
  3. Unpack the router as described in Unpacking the PTX10008.
  4. Remove all components except the two fan tray controllers from the chassis. See:
  5. Install the mounting hardware at the desired position (see Installing the Mounting Hardware for a PTX10000).
  6. Review chassis lifting guidelines as described in QFX10002 Installation Safety Guidelines.

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

  • 14 mounting screws appropriate for your rack

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

To install the router in the rack or cabinet (see Figure 4):

Caution

If you are installing more than one router in a rack or cabinet, install the first one at the bottom of the rack. Do not attempt to install a router manually in an upper position in a rack or cabinet.

  1. Ensure that the rack or cabinet is placed in its permanent location and is secured to the building.
  2. Align the router in front of the rack or cabinet, centering it in front of the adjustable base and rear brackets. Use a pallet jack if one is available.
  3. With one person on each side and one person in the rear, hold the bottom of the chassis and carefully lift it onto the adjustable base and rear brackets installed in a four-post rack. See Figure 3.Warning

    To prevent injury, keep your back straight and lift with your legs, not your back. Do not twist your body as you lift. Balance the load evenly and be sure that your footing is firm.

    Figure 3: Lifting the PTX10008 Without Using a Mechanical Lift
    Lifting the PTX10008 Without
Using a Mechanical Lift
  4. Carefully slide the router onto the base and rear mounting brackets until the chassis flanges contact the rack rails. The mounting brackets ensure that the holes in the flanges align with the holes in the rack rails. See Figure 4.
  5. Attach the chassis to the rack by installing a mounting screw through the open flange holes and rack, starting from the bottom.
  6. Visually inspect the alignment of the chassis. If the chassis 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.
  7. After ensuring that the router is aligned properly, tighten the screws.
Figure 4: Installing a PTX10008 in a 4-Post Rack
Installing a PTX10008 in
a 4-Post Rack

After you install the mounting screws and securely bolt the chassis to the rack, reinstall the components in the chassis. See: