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Meet the QFX5120 Line of Ethernet Switches

The Juniper Networks® QFX5120-48T, QFX5120-48Y, and QFX5120-48YM switches are compact, 1-U fixed configuration switches ideal for top-of-rack and spine-and-leaf deployments. You can also use the QFX5120 line of switches for high-density server connectivity, with an option to channelize the QSFP28 ports into multiple interfaces. In addition, you can deploy the QFX5120 line of switches as campus distribution and core switches. Dual hot-swappable AC or DC power supplies provide 1+1 redundancy. Five hot-swappable fan trays maintain high system availability.

The QFX5120 supports many network automation features and plug-and-play features, including zero-touch provisioning (ZTP), making it simple to deploy on your network.

In this guide, we show you how to install, power on, and configure the basic settings for AC-powered QFX5120-48T, QFX5120-48Y, and QFX5120-48YM switches to quickly get you up and running on the network. There’s a separate Day One+ guide for the QFX5120-32C switch (see QFX5120-32C on the Day One+ webpage).

Here are some details about the port configurations for the QFX5120 line of switches:

Model

Access Ports

QFX5120-

32C

  • Two 10GbE or 1GbE SFP+ ports

  • Thirty-two 100GbE or 40GbE QSFP28 ports

QFX5120-

48T

  • Six 100GbE or 40GbE QSFP28 ports

  • Forty-eight 10GbE or 1GbE BASE-T ports

QFX5120-

48Y

  • Eight 100GbE or 40GbE QSFP28 ports

  • Forty-eight 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE SFP28 ports

QFX5120-

48YM

  • Eight 100GbE or 40GbE QSFP28 ports that support MACsec

  • Forty-eight 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE SFP28 ports that support MACsec

Install the QFX5120

What's in the Box?

  • QFX5120 switch with five preinstalled fan modules and two preinstalled AC power supplies

  • Two AC power cords appropriate for your geographical location

  • An Ethernet cable

  • An RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter

  • A four-post rack mounting kit that contains:

    • Two front mounting brackets for mounting the switch flush with the front posts of a rack

    • Twelve flat head 4x6-mm Phillips screws for attaching the front mounting brackets to the switch

    • Two rear mounting brackets

      The kit also contains two recessed mounting brackets for mounting the switch in a recessed position from the front posts of a rack.

What Else Do I Need?

You’ll need to provide the following:

  • Someone to help you secure the switch to the rack

  • Eight mounting screws to secure the switch to the rack

  • A number 2 Phillips (+) screwdriver

  • An electrostatic discharge (ESD) grounding strap

  • A management host such as a laptop or desktop PC

  • A serial-to-USB adapter (if your laptop or desktop PC doesn’t have a serial port)

  • A grounding cable: 14 AWG (1.5 mm²), minimum 90° C wire, or as permitted by the local code, with a Panduit LCD10-10A-L or equivalent lug attached

    Caution

    Ensure that a licensed electrician has attached the appropriate grounding lug to the grounding cable that you supply. Using a grounding cable with an incorrectly attached lug can damage the switch.

  • Two 10-32 x .25-in. screws with #10 split-lock washers to secure the grounding lug

Install the QFX5120 in a Four-Post Rack

You can mount the QFX5120-48T, QFX5120-48Y, and QFX5120-48YM switches in a four-post 19-in. rack or in a cabinet that contains a four-post 19-in. rack. In this guide, wel walk you through how to mount the switch in a four-post rack.

  1. Review the General Safety Guidelines and Warnings.
  2. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end to a site ESD point.
  3. Position the switch so that the AIR IN labels on the fan modules are facing the cold aisle, or the AIR OUT labels on the fan modules are facing the hot aisle.
  4. Attach the front mounting brackets to the switch.
  5. Lift the switch and position it in the rack. Line up the bottom hole in each mounting bracket with a hole in each rack post, making sure the switch is level.
  6. While you’re holding the switch in place, have a second person insert and tighten the rack mounting screws to secure the mounting rails to the rack posts. Make sure to tighten the screws in the two bottom holes first, and then tighten the screws in the two top holes.
  7. Continue holding the switch in place, and have the second person slide the rear mounting brackets into the side mounting rails.
  8. Secure the rear mounting brackets to the rack posts using the rack mount screws.
  9. Verify that the mounting brackets on each side of the rack are level.

Power On

Now that you’ve mounted your switch in the rack, you’re ready to connect it to power.

The AC-powered QFX5120-48T, QFX5120-48Y, and QFX5120-48YM switches come with two AC power supplies preinstalled on the rear panel.

  1. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end to one of the ESD grounding points on the switch.
  2. Connect one end of the grounding cable to a proper earth ground, such as the rack.
  3. Place the grounding lug attached to the grounding cable over the protective earthing terminal on the left panel.
  4. Secure the grounding lug to the protective earthing terminal using the 10-32 x .25-in. screws with #10 split-lock washers.
  5. Dress the grounding cable, and ensure that it doesn’t block access to or touch other device components, and that it doesn’t drape where people could trip over it.
  6. Ensure that the power supplies are fully inserted in the switch.
  7. Connect the power cord to the AC power socket on the power supply. This step is a bit different depending on your model.

    For QFX5120-48T and QFX5120-48Y switches:

    • Push the end of the retainer strip into the hole next to the power supply socket until it snaps into place. Ensure that the loop in the retainer strip faces the power cord.

    • Press the small tab on the retainer strip to loosen the loop. Slide the loop until you have enough space to insert the power cord into the power supply socket.

    • Plug in the power cord firmly into the power supply socket.

    • Slide the loop toward the power supply until it is snug against the base of the power cord coupler.

    • Press the tab on the loop, and draw out the loop into a tight circle.

    For QFX5120-48YM switches:

    • Gently lift up the retainer clip.

    • Plug in the power cord coupler firmly into the power supply socket.

    • Push the retainer clip down until it is snug against the base of the power cord coupler.

  8. If the AC power source outlet has a power switch, turn it off.
  9. Plug in the power cord to the AC power source outlet. The switch powers on as soon as you plug it in. There is no power switch on the QFX5120.
  10. If the AC power source outlet has a power switch, turn it on.
  11. Verify that the AC and DC LEDs on the power supply are lit steadily green. If the fault LED (!) is lit, disconnect the power supply from the power source, and replace the power supply (see Maintain the QFX5120 Power System in the QFX5120 Switch Hardware Guide).
  12. Repeat steps 7-11 to power on the second power supply.