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Mounting the ACX6160

Unpacking the ACX6160

The ACX6160 chassis is a rigid sheet-metal structure that houses the hardware components. The ACX6160 is shipped in a cardboard carton, secured with foam packing material. The carton also contains an accessory kit and a pointer card with links to the quick start instructions.


ACX6160 routers are maximally protected inside the shipping carton. Do not unpack the ACX6160 until you are ready to begin installation.

To unpack an ACX6160:

  1. Move the shipping carton to a staging area as close to the installation site as possible, but where you have enough room to remove the system components.
  2. Position the carton so that the arrows point up.
  3. Open the top flaps on the shipping carton.
  4. Remove the accessory kit and verify the contents against the inventory of components listed in Table 1.
  5. Pull out the packing material holding the device in place.
  6. Verify the chassis components received:
    • Two power supplies

    • Five fan modules

  7. Save the shipping carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the chassis later.
Table 1: Inventory of Components Supplied with an ACX6160



Chassis with five fan modules and two power supplies


Rack mount kit for ACX6160

  • Mounting rail assembly, each comprised of:

    • Mounting rail (2)

    • Front flange (2)

    • 12 Flat-head screws for mounting brackets (Phillips, M4 x 6 mn)

    • Rear-mounting blades (2)

  • Extension brackets (2)


RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter


Documentation Roadmap card


Mounting the ACX6160 in a Rack or Cabinet

You can mount an ACX6160 in a four post 19-in. rack or cabinet by using the included mounting brackets. (The remainder of this topic uses rack to mean rack or cabinet.)

For four-post rack installation, the shipping carton contains two front-mounting rails with two matching rear-mounting blades. This configuration allows either end of the device to be mounted flush with the rack and still be adjustable for racks with different depths. Space the front and rear racks between 24.25 in. (61.6 cm) to 31 in. (78.7 cm) front-to-back.

Before You Begin Rack Installation

Before you begin mounting an ACX6160 in the rack:

  1. Ensure that you understand how to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage. See Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage.
  2. Verify that the site meets the requirements described in the ACX6160 Site Preparation Checklist.
  3. Place the rack in its permanent location, allowing adequate clearance for airflow and maintenance, and secure it to the building structure.
  4. Read General Safety Guidelines and Warnings .
  5. Remove the ACX6160 from the shipping carton (see Mounting the ACX6160).
  6. Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to mount the ACX6160 in a rack:
    • ESD grounding strap (not provided).

    • A pair of front-mounting rails (provided).

    • A pair of rear-mounting blades (provided). These mounting blades support the rear of the chassis and must be installed.

    • Screws to secure the mounting rails to the chassis (12 screws are provided).

    • Eight screws to secure the chassis and mounting blades to the rack (not provided).

    • Screwdriver appropriate for the rack-mounting screws (not provided).

    • RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter (provided).

    • Management host, such as a PC laptop, with a serial port (not provided).

Optional equipment: Grounding cable kit with bracket, lug, and three nuts with integrated washers.


ACX6160 devices must be supported at all four corners. Mounting the chassis by using only the front brackets will damage the chassis and can result in serious bodily injury.


ACX6160 routers require two people for installation, one person to lift the device into place and another person to attach the device to the rack. If you are installing the ACX6160 above 60 in. (152.4 cm) from the floor, you can remove the power supplies and fan modules to minimize the weight before attempting to install the ACX6160.


If you are mounting multiple devices in a rack, mount the device in the lowest position of the rack first. Proceed to mount the rest of the devices from the bottom to the top of the rack to minimize the risk of the rack toppling.

Mounting the ACX6160

To mount the ACX6160 on a four-post rack by using the provided mounting kit:

  1. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding around your bare wrist and connect the other end of the strap to the ESD point on the chassis.
  2. Decide whether the field-replaceable unit (FRU) end or the port end of the ACX6160 must be placed at the front of the rack. Position the ACX6160 in such a manner that the AIR OUT labels on components are next to the hot aisle.
  3. Align the holes in the mounting rail with the screw holes on the side of the chassis. The front bracket is preinstalled in the rail. See Figure 1 to see the proper alignment for the ACX6160.
    Figure 1: Attaching Front-Mounting Rails to the ACX6160Attaching Front-Mounting Rails to the ACX6160
  4. Attach the mounting rail to the device by using the mounting screws. Tighten the screws.
  5. Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 on the opposite side of the device.
  6. Have one person grasp both sides of the device, lift it, and position it in the rack so that the front bracket is aligned with the rack holes. See Figure 2.
  7. Have a second person secure the front of the device to the rack by using four mounting screws (and cage nuts and washers if your rack requires them). Tighten the screws.
    Figure 2: Attaching the ACX6160 (with Mounting Rails to the Rack)Attaching the ACX6160 (with Mounting Rails to the Rack)
  8. Continue to support the ACX6160 while sliding the rear-mounting blades into the channel of the mounting-rails on the sides of the chassis and securing the blades to the rack. Use four mounting screws (and cage nuts and washers if your rack requires them) to attach the blade to the rack. Tighten the screws. See Figure 3.
    Figure 3: Sliding Mounting Blades into the Mounting RailSliding Mounting Blades into the Mounting Rail
  9. Ensure that the ACX6160 chassis is level by verifying that all the screws on the front of the rack are aligned with the screws at the back of the rack.