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Unpacking and Mounting the PTX10002-60C

Unpacking the PTX10002-60C

The PTX10002-60C chassis is a rigid sheet-metal structure that houses the hardware components. The PTX10002-60C is shipped in a cardboard carton, secured with foam packing material. The carton also contains an accessory kit and quick start instructions.


PTX10002-60C routers are maximally protected inside the shipping carton. Do not unpack the PTX10002-60C until you are ready to begin installation.

To unpack a PTX10002-60C:

  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 system components.
  2. Position the carton so that the arrows point upward.
  3. Open the top flaps on the shipping carton.
  4. Remove the accessory kit and verify the contents against the inventory of components listed in Table 1.
  5. Pull out the packing material holding the PTX10002-60C in place.
  6. Verify the chassis components received:
    • Three fan modules

    • Four power supplies

  7. Save the shipping carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the chassis later.
Table 1: Inventory of Components Supplied with a PTX10002-60C



Chassis with three fan modules and four power supplies


Rear-mounting blades


Front-mounting rails


RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter


Flat-head M4x6-mm Phillips mounting screws to secure the mounting rails to the chassis


Power cords with plugs for that are appropriate for your geographical location


Mounting the PTX10002-60C in a Rack

Mount a PTX10002-60C in a 19-in four-post rack by using the included mounting brackets. The shipping carton contains two front mounting rails with two matching rear mounting blades. This configuration allows either end of the PTX10002-60C to be mounted flush with the rack and still be adjustable for racks with different depths. The minimum distance the front and rear rack rails can be spaced apart is 28 in. (71.1 cm) front to back. The maximum distance the front and rear rack rails can be spaced apart is 36 in. (91.4 cm) front to back.

Before You Begin Mounting the PTX10002-60C

PTX10002-60C routers require at least three people for installation, two people to lift the PTX10002-60C into place and another person to attach the device to the rack. You can remove the power supplies and fan modules to minimize the weight before attempting to install the PTX10002-60C. For overhead installation—for example, if you are installing the PTX10002-60C above 60 in. (152.4 cm) from the floor—we recommend that you use a mechanical lift.

Before you begin mounting a PTX10002-60C in the rack:

  1. Read General Safety Guidelines and Warnings and PTX10002-60C Installation Safety Guidelines.

    If you are mounting multiple units in the rack, mount the heaviest unit at the bottom and mount the others from bottom to top in order of decreasing weight. The PTX10002-60C weighs 80.5 lbs (36.5 kgs). Installing the router in a rack requires either a mechanical lift or two people to lift the device and another person to secure it to the rack.

  2. Ensure that you understand how to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage. See Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage.
  3. Verify that the site meets the requirements described in PTX10002-60C Site Preparation Checklist.
  4. Place the rack in its permanent location, allowing adequate clearance for airflow and maintenance, and secure it to the building structure.
  5. Decide whether the field-replaceable unit (FRU) end of the switch or the port end is to be placed at the front of the rack. Position the switch in such a manner that the AIR OUT labels on components are next to the hot aisle.
  6. Remove the PTX10002-60C and the mounting kit from the shipping carton (see Unpacking the PTX10002-60C).

You’ll need to provide the following items to mount the PTX10002-60C in a rack:

  • Management host, such as a PC laptop, with a serial port

  • (Optional) Grounding cable kit with bracket, lug, and three nuts with integrated washers

  • Sixteen (16) screws to secure the chassis and mounting blades to the rack)

  • Screwdriver appropriate for the rack-mounting screws

  • ESD grounding strap

Mounting the PTX10002-60C


PTX10002-60C routers must be supported at all four corners. Mounting the chassis by using only the front brackets will damage the chassis and can result in serious bodily injury.


If you are mounting multiple devices in a rack, mount the device in the lowest position of the rack first. Proceed to mount the rest of the devices from the bottom to the top of the rack to minimize the risk of the rack toppling.

To mount the PTX10002-60C on four posts in a rack by using the provided mounting kit:

  1. Attach the ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist and to a site ESD point.
  2. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the six screws on each side of the chassis that hold the cover to the chassis (see Figure 1). These screws will be replaced with the mounting screws included in the box.
    Figure 1: Removing the Screws Holding the CoverRemoving the Screws Holding the Cover
  3. Align one of the front-mounting rails with the screw holes on the side of the chassis (see Figure 2).
    Figure 2: Attaching Front Mounting Rails (PTX10002-60C)Attaching Front Mounting Rails (PTX10002-60C)
  4. Attach the mounting rail to the PTX10002-60C by using 11 flat-head M4x6-mm Phillips mounting screws. Tighten the screws.
  5. Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 on the opposite side of the PTX10002-60C.
  6. Perform one of the following steps:
    • Use a mechanical lift to position the PTX10002-60C in the rack so that the front brackets on the front-mounting rails are aligned with the rack holes.

    • Have two people grasp both sides of the PTX10002-60C, lift it, and position it in the rack so that the front brackets on the front mounting rails are aligned with the rack holes.

  7. Have another person secure the front of the PTX10002-60C to the rack by using eight mounting screws (and cage nuts and washers if your rack requires them). Tighten the screws.
  8. Continue to support the PTX10002-60C while sliding the rear mounting blades into the channel of the side-mounting rails and securing the blades to the rack (see Figure 3). Use eight mounting screws (and cage nuts and washers if your rack requires them) to attach the blade to the rack. Tighten the screws.
    Figure 3: Attaching Rear Mounting Blades to the Rack (PTX10002-60C)Attaching Rear Mounting Blades to the Rack (PTX10002-60C)
  9. Ensure that the PTX10002-60C chassis is level by verifying that all the screws on the front of the rack are aligned with the screws at the back of the rack.
  10. Attach a grounding cable to earth ground and then attach it to the chassis grounding points.

Replacement Rack Mounting Kit for the PTX10002-60C

If you need to order a replacement rack mounting kit for the PTX10002-60C, use part number EX4500-4PST-RMK. The replacement rack mounting kit contains:

Rear-mounting blades


Front-mounting rails


Flat-head M4x6-mm Phillips mounting screws to secure the mounting rails to the chassis