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MX2020 Site Preparation Checklist

The checklist in Table 1 summarizes the tasks you must perform when preparing a site for router installation.

Table 1: MX2020 Site Preparation Checklist

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Verify that environmental factors such as temperature and humidity do not exceed router tolerances.

MX2020 Router Environmental Specifications



Measure distance between external power sources and router installation site.

MX2020 DC Power Distribution Module (-48 V) Description

MX2000 DC Power Distribution Module (240 V China) Description

MX2000 High-Voltage Universal (HVAC/HVDC) Power Distribution Module Description

Locate sites for connection of system grounding.

MX2000 Router Grounding Specifications


Calculate the power consumption and requirements.

MX2020 AC Power Requirements

MX2020 DC Power Requirements



Verify that your rack meets the minimum requirements for the installation of the router.


There must be a minimum of 45U of usable rack space when installing the MX2020 router into a 45U rack.

MX2020 Rack Requirements

MX2020 Cabinet Size and Clearance Requirements

Plan rack or cabinet location, including required space clearances.


If you are installing the MX2020 router into a network cabinet, make sure that no hardware, device, rack, or cabinet component obstructs the 45U rack space from access during installation.

MX2020 Cabinet Size and Clearance Requirements, MX2020 Rack Requirements, Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance for the MX2020 Router


If a rack is used, secure rack to floor and building structure.

MX2020 Rack Requirements


Cables and Transceivers

Acquire cables and transceivers:

  • Determine the number of cables needed based on your planned configuration.

  • Review the maximum distance allowed for each cable. choose the length of cable based on the distance between the hardware components being connected.

Fiber-Optic Cable Signal Loss, Attenuation, and Dispersion

Calculating Power Budget and Power Margin for Fiber-Optic Cables


Plan the cable routing and management.

Maintaining Cables That Connect to MX2020 MPCs or MICs