Equipment Rack Requirements
When allocating equipment rack space, consider the following:
- Type of equipment racks recommended for E-series routers
- Number of equipment racks required to hold your current E-series router configuration
- Future expansion
Your distribution rack should meet basic mechanical and space requirements and comply with conventional standards. In the United States, use EIA-310-D Cabinets, Racks, Panels, and Associated Equipment, September 1992.
Follow these mechanical requirements for your rack:
- Two-post rack - a freestanding enclosed cabinet with two mounting posts in the front
- Telco-type rack - two adjacent mounting posts that you must secure to the floor or an overhead structure
- Four-post rack - a freestanding open rack, either open or closed
- The rack must have at least two mounting posts.
- The distance between the mounting holes in the two posts must be 18.31 inches
- Do not use an enclosed rack for ERX-7xx models or the ERX-310 router. It does not provide adequate ventilation.
- A fully loaded rack with three ERX-14xx models must structurally support 300 pounds (136 kilograms).
- Optional mounting kits are available for 19-inch and 23-inch rack mounting (mid- and front-chassis mounting). Contact your Juniper Networks sales representative for more information.
If you use an enclosed rack for an ERX-14xx model, ensure that there is a minimum of 3 inches of clearance between the inner side wall and the router. This clearance space will allow adequate air flow.
Proper Rack Installation
To confirm proper equipment rack installation, check the following:
- Racks are installed and electrically grounded according to manufacturer instructions.
- Equipment racks are anchored to the floor and, when possible, anchored to the ceiling as well.
- Equipment rack installations comply with applicable local, state, and national codes.
Warning: To maintain airflow requirements, a plenum must be installed above ERX-14xx models before any other piece of equipment is installed above the router.