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Unpack and Mount an ACX710 Router

Unpack an ACX710 Router

The ACX710 router chassis is a rigid sheet-metal structure that houses the hardware components. An ACX710 router is shipped in a cardboard carton, secured with foam packing material. The carton also contains an accessory box and quick start instructions.


ACX710 routers are maximally protected inside the shipping carton. Do not unpack the router until you are ready to begin installation.

To unpack an ACX710 router:

  1. Move the shipping carton to a staging area as close to the installation site as possible, where you have enough room to remove the system components.
  2. Position the carton so that the arrows are pointing up.
  3. Open the top flaps on the shipping carton.
    Figure 1: Open the Shipping CartonOpen the Shipping Carton
  4. Remove the accessory box, and verify the contents against the inventory included in the box.
  5. Pull out the packing material that is holding the router in place.
  6. Verify the chassis components that you received.
  7. Save the shipping carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the router later.
Table 1: Inventory of Components Supplied with an ACX710



Chassis with one fan tray


19-in. rack mount kit with fasteners


5 m 14 AWG, three-wire DC power cord


5 m 6 AWG grounding cable


End User License Agreement (EULA)


Documentation roadmap card


Mount an ACX710 Router in a Rack

You can mount an ACX710 router on a rack using the mounting kit provided with the device.

Before You Begin Rack Installation

Before you begin mounting an ACX710 router 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 Site Preparation Checklist for ACX710 Routers.
  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 Site Guidelines, with particular attention to Chassis and Component Lifting Guidelines.
  5. Remove the router from the shipping carton. See Unpack an ACX710 Router.
  6. Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to mount the router in a rack:
    • ESD grounding strap (not provided)

    • One pair of front-mounting brackets (provided)

    • Eight Screws to secure the mounting brackets to the chassis (provided)

    • Four Screws to secure the mounting brackets to the rack (not provided)

    • Number 2 Phillips (+) screwdriver (not provided)

    • Two power cords with plugs appropriate for your geographical location (provided)

    • RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter (not provided)

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


If you are mounting multiple units on a rack, mount the heaviest unit at the bottom of the rack and mount the other units from the bottom of the rack to the top in decreasing order of the weight of the units.

Install an ACX710 Router in a Rack

To install the router in a four-post rack:

  1. Position the router in front of the rack.
  2. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end of the strap to a site ESD point.
  3. Align the holes in the front-mounting brackets with the holes on the side of the chassis (see Figure 2).
    Figure 2: Install the Mounting Brackets on an ACX710 Router Install the Mounting Brackets on an ACX710 Router
  4. Using a Phillips (+) number 2 screwdriver, secure the mounting brackets to the chassis using the mounting screws.
  5. With one person on each side, hold on to the bottom of the chassis, and carefully lift the chassis so that the mounting brackets are aligned with the rack rails.
  6. Carefully slide the chassis with the brackets attached on to the rack rails (see Figure 3).
    Figure 3: Install the ACX710 Router in a Four-Post Rack Install the ACX710 Router in a Four-Post Rack
  7. Install mounting screws into each of the front-mounting bracket holes aligned with the rack, starting from the bottom, and tighten the screws.
  8. Align the holes in the cable bar with the holes at the top of the mounting bracket, and tighten the screws to attach the cable bar.
    Figure 4: Install the Cable BarInstall the Cable Bar
  9. Visually inspect the alignment of the chassis.

    If you’ve installed the chassis 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. Figure 5 shows the router fully secured and installed in a four-post rack.

    Figure 5: ACX710 Router Installed in a Four-Post RackACX710 Router Installed in a Four-Post Rack