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Grounding the MX960 Router

You ground the router by connecting a grounding cable to earth ground and then attaching it to the chassis grounding points using two screws. You must provide the grounding cables (the cable lugs are supplied with the router).


You must install the MX960 router in a restricted-access location and ensure the chassisis properly grounded at all times. The MX960 has a two-hole protective grounding terminal provided on the chassis, see Figure 1. Under all circumstances, use this grounding connection to ground the chassis. For AC powered systems, you must also use the grounding wire in the AC power cord along with the two-hole lug grounding connection. This tested system meets or exceeds all applicable EMC regulatory requirements with the two-hole protective grounding terminal.

  1. Verify that a licensed electrician has attached the cable lug provided with the router to the grounding cable.
  2. Attach an ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the other end of the strap to an approved site ESD grounding point. See the instructions for your site.
  3. Ensure that all grounding surfaces are clean and brought to a bright finish before grounding connections are made.
  4. Connect the grounding cable to a proper earth ground.
  5. Detach the ESD grounding strap from the site ESD grounding point.
  6. Attach an ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the other end of the strap to an ESD grounding point.
  7. Place the grounding cable lug over the grounding points on the rear of the chassis. The left pair is sized for M6 screws, and the right pair is sized for UNC 1/4-20 screws.
  8. Secure the grounding cable lug to the grounding points, first with the washers, then with the screws.

    Figure 1: Connecting a Grounding Cable to the MX960 RouterConnecting a Grounding Cable to the MX960 Router
  9. Dress the grounding cable and verify that it does not touch or block access to router components, and that it does not drape where people could trip on it.