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Line module slots are located in the front of each E-series chassis, while I/O module slots are located in the rear. See Chapter 1, E-Series Overview, for front and rear views of E-series routers.

In ERX-14xx models, modules mount vertically in a chassis with 14 slots. In ERX-7xx models and ERX-310 routers, modules mount horizontally in a chassis with 7 slots and 3 slots, respectively. See Figure 5-1.

Figure 5-1 Orientation of line modules in E-series routers

For details about available line modules, see Chapter 12, Module Specifications. For information about compatibility between lines modules and SRP modules, see Table 12-2 in Chapter 12, Module Specifications.

Slot Groups

The slots in the ERX-1410 router and the ERX-7xx models are divided into groups. The number of groups and number of slots per group depend on the system.

There are no slot groups in the ERX-1440 router or the ERX-310 router. In the ERX-310 router, slot 0 contains the SRP module and slots 1 and 2 contain a line module.

Slot Groups for the ERX-1410 Router

A slot group in the ERX-1410 router comprises three adjacent chassis slots. The groups for the ERX-1410 router consist of the following slots (Figure 5-2):

Slots 6 and 7 are reserved for the SRP modules.

Figure 5-2 ERX-1410 slot groups

Slot Groups for the ERX-7xx Models

A slot group in an ERX-7xx model comprises one slot or two adjacent slots. The groups for an ERX-7xx model consist of the following slots (Figure 5-3):

Slots 0 and 1 are reserved for the SRP modules.


Figure 5-3 ERX-7xx model slot groups

Combinations of Line Modules

For information about allowed combinations of line modules, see E-Series System Basics Configuration Guide, Chapter 5, Managing Line Modules and SRP Modules.

OC48 Line Modules

The ERX-1440 router with the SRP-40G+ SRP module supports OC48 line modules. Other E-series routers do not support OC48 line modules.

An OC48 line module spans two slots in an ERX-1440 router. You can install this line module only in slots 2-3 and slots 4-5. Other slots in the system do not support this line module.

The corresponding OC48 Frame APS I/O module spans only one slot. Install the I/O module in the lower of the slots (either slot 2 or slot 4) that the line module spans.

Replacing and Managing Modules Using the Software

For information about software procedures associated with replacing and managing modules, see E-Series System Basics Configuration Guide, Chapter 5, Managing Line Modules and SRP Modules.

Hot-Swapping Modules

All E-series routers support hot-swapping of modules. Hot-swapping allows you to add or remove a module without powering down the system.

Protecting Modules and Slots

Each E-series chassis has an ESD (electrostatic discharge) grounding jack. See Table 5-1 for locations. To prevent damage from electrostatic discharge, connect an antistatic wrist strap to the jack when handling components.

Figure 5-4 Connecting the wrist strap to the ERX-310 router (rear)

Table 5-1 Grounding jack locations
E-Series Router
ERX-14xx model
Front: inside front bezel in lower-left corner
Rear: upper-right corner
ERX-7xx model
Rear: lower-right corner
ERX-310 router
Front: lower-left corner
Rear: lower-right corner

To protect the modules and slots when installing modules, observe the following guidelines:

Caution: When handling modules, use an antistatic wrist strap connected to the E-series router's ESD grounding jack. This action helps to protect the module from damage by electrostatic discharge.

Caution: Always handle the module by its edges. Do not touch the components, pins, leads, or solder connections.

Caution: If you meet strong resistance when attempting to seat the module using the ejectors, remove it from the chassis and confirm that the slot is one designed to hold the module. Also, be sure that you have aligned the top and bottom edges in the correct matching tracks.

Caution: Be sure to cover every empty slot with a blank faceplate to protect the system from dust or other foreign substances and to ensure proper system cooling.

Caution: Do not discard the antistatic bag. When a module is not in use, store it in an antistatic bag.

Order of Installation

Before you attempt to install or replace a module (inserted in the front of the chassis), the corresponding I/O module (inserted in the rear of the chassis) should already be in place. The system diagnostics run when a module is installed in a chassis slot. If the corresponding I/O module is not present, the diagnostics fail, and you need to remove and reinsert the module.

Required Tools and Safety Items

You need the following tools to install a line module:

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