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Unpacking and Mounting the MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80

Tools and Parts Required to Unpack MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers

To unpack the router and prepare for installation, you need the following tools:

  • Blank panels to cover any slots not occupied by a component

Unpacking MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers

The router is shipped in a cardboard carton and secured with foam packing material. The carton also contains an accessory box and quick start instructions.


The router is maximally protected inside the shipping carton. Do not unpack it until you are ready to begin installation.

To unpack the router:

  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 router.
  2. Position the carton so that the arrows are pointing up.
  3. Open the top flaps on the shipping carton.
  4. Remove the accessory box, and verify the contents against the parts inventory on the label attached to the carton.
  5. Pull out the packing material holding the router in place.
  6. Verify the contents of the carton against the packing list included with the router.
  7. Save the shipping carton and packing materials in case you later need to move or ship the router.

Verifying the MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers Parts Received

A packing list is included in each shipment. Check the parts in the shipment against the items on the packing list. The packing list specifies the part numbers and descriptions of each part in your order.

If any part is missing, contact a customer service representative.

A fully configured router contains the router chassis with installed components, listed in Table 1, and an accessory box, which contains the parts listed in Table 2. The parts shipped with your router can vary depending on the configuration you ordered.

Table 1: Parts List for a Fully Configured Router





Air filter


MICs (modular chassis only)

Up to 2

DC power supplies

1 or 2

AC power supplies

1 or 2

Fan tray


Cable management brackets


Documentation Roadmap


Blank panels for slots without components installed

One blank panel for each slot not occupied by a component

Table 2: Accessory Box Parts List



Screws to mount chassis


Screws to secure the ground cable lug


Ground terminal lug, 14 AWG, sized for #10 screw


DC power fork terminal lugs, 16-14 AWG, sized for #6 screw


Label, “Small Parts Enclosed”


Label, “Accessories Contents”


USB flash drive with Junos OS


Read me first document


Affidavit for T1 connection


Juniper Networks Product Warranty


End User License Agreement


Documentation addendum card, MX80


Document sleeve


3 in. x 5 in. pink bag


9 in. x 12 in. pink bag, ESD


Accessory box, 19 in. x 12 in. x 3 in.


Ethernet cable, RJ-45 to DB-9


ESD wrist strap with cable


Installing the MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Cable Management Bracket

The cable management bracket attaches to the left side of the router. To install the cable management bracket (see Figure 1):

  1. Attach an ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the other end of the strap to an ESD grounding point.
  2. Position the cable management bracket on the left side of the front of the chassis.
  3. Tighten the screws at the bottom and top of the bracket.
Figure 1: Installing the Cable Management BracketInstalling the Cable Management Bracket

Moving the Mounting Brackets for Center-Mounting MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers

Two removable mounting brackets are attached to the mounting holes closest to the front of the chassis (see Figure 2). You can move the pair of brackets to another position on the side of the chassis for center-mounting the router.

To move the mounting brackets from the front of the chassis toward the center of the chassis (see Figure 3):

  1. Remove the four screws at the top and bottom of the bracket.
  2. Pull the bracket away from the chassis.
  3. Align the bracket with the two sets of mounting holes located toward the center of the chassis.
  4. Insert the four screws at the top and bottom of the bracket and tighten each partially.
  5. Tighten the four screws completely.
  6. Repeat the procedure for the other bracket.
Figure 2: Front-Mounting the Brackets on MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 RoutersFront-Mounting the Brackets on MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers
Figure 3: Center-Mounting the Brackets on MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 RoutersCenter-Mounting the Brackets on MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers

Tools Required to Install MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Chassis in the Rack

To install the router, you need the following tools and parts:

  • Phillips (+) screwdriver, number 2

  • ESD grounding wrist strap

Installing MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Chassis in the Rack

To install the router in the rack (see Figure 4 and Figure 5):


If you are installing more than one router in a rack, install the lowest one first. Installing a router in an upper position in a rack or cabinet requires a lift.


Before front mounting the router in a rack, have a qualified technician verify that the rack is strong enough to support the router's weight and is adequately supported at the installation site.


Lifting the chassis and mounting it in a rack requires two people (one person to hold the router in place and a second person to install the screws). The chassis weighs approximately 30 lb (13.6 kg).

  1. Ensure that the rack is in its permanent location and is secured to the building. Ensure that the installation site allows adequate clearance for both airflow and maintenance.
  2. Position the router in front of the rack or cabinet.
  3. Hold onto the bottom of the chassis and carefully lift it so that the mounting brackets contact the rack rails.

    To prevent injury, keep your back straight and lift with your legs, not your back. Avoid twisting your body as you lift. Balance the load evenly and be sure that your footing is solid.

  4. Align the mounting brackets with the holes in the rack rails.
  5. Install a mounting screw into each of the open mounting holes aligned with the rack, starting from the bottom.
  6. Visually inspect the alignment of the router. If the router is installed properly in the rack, all the mounting screws on one side of the rack should be aligned with the mounting screws on the opposite side, and the router should be level.
Figure 4: Installing the Front-Mounted Router in the RackInstalling the Front-Mounted Router in the Rack
Figure 5: Installing the Center-Mounted Router in the RackInstalling the Center-Mounted Router in the Rack