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MX204 Site Preparation Checklist

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

Table 1: MX204 Site Preparation Checklist

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

MX204 Router Environmental Specifications


Locate sites for connection of system grounding.

MX204 Router Grounding Specifications


Measure distance between external power sources and router installation site.

MX204 Router DC Power Specifications

MX204 Router AC Power Specifications


Calculate the power consumption and requirements.

Power Consumption for a DC-Powered MX204 Router

Power Consumption for an AC-Powered MX204 Router


Select the type of rack or cabinet.

MX204 Router Rack Requirements

MX204 Router Cabinet Requirements and Specifications


Plan rack or cabinet location, including required space clearances.

MX204 Router Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance


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

MX204 Router Rack Requirements


Acquire cables and connectors:

  • 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.

Calculating Power Budget and Power Margin for Fiber-Optic Cables