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Connecting DPC, MPC, MIC, or PIC Cables to the MX960 Router

To connect the DPCs, MPCs, MICs, or PICs to the network (see Figure 1 and Figure 2):

  1. Have ready a length of the type of cable used by the component. For cable specifications, see the MX Series Interface Module Reference.
  2. Remove the rubber safety plug from the cable connector port.
    Laser Warning:

    Do not look directly into a fiber-optic transceiver or into the ends of fiber-optic cables. Fiber-optic transceivers and fiber-optic cables connected to a transceiver emit laser light that can damage your eyes.


    Do not leave a fiber-optic transceiver uncovered, except when inserting or removing a cable. The safety cap keeps the port clean and protects your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light.

  3. Insert the cable connector into the cable connector port on the faceplate.

    The XFP cages and optics on the components are industry standard parts that have limited tactile feedback for insertion of optics and fiber. You need to insert the optics and fiber firmly until the latch is securely in place.

  4. Arrange the cable to prevent it from dislodging or developing stress points. Secure the cable so that it is not supporting its own weight as it hangs to the floor. Place excess cable out of the way in a neatly coiled loop.

    Avoid bending a fiber-optic cable beyond its minimum bend radius. An arc smaller than a few inches in diameter can damage the cable and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose.


    Do not let fiber-optic cables hang free from the connector. Do not allow the fastened loops of a cable to dangle, which stresses the cable at the fastening point.

Figure 1: Attaching a Cable to a DPCAttaching a Cable to a DPC
Figure 2: Attaching a Cable to a MICAttaching a Cable to a MIC