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Unpacking the PTX3000

Overview of Unpacking the PTX3000

To unpack the PTX3000:

  1. Gather the tools required to unpack the PTX3000.
  2. Remove the PTX3000, accessory box, tool kit, and all parts from the shipping crate.
  3. Verify that all parts have been received.

Tools and Parts Required to Unpack the PTX3000

Gather the tools required to unpack the PTX3000:

  • Phillips (+) screwdriver, number 2

  • 1/2-in. or 13-mm open-end or socket wrench to remove bracket bolts from the shipping pallet

Unpacking the PTX3000

The PTX3000 is shipped in a wooden crate. A wooden pallet forms the base of the crate. The PTX3000 chassis is bolted to this pallet.

The shipping crate measures:

  • 50.1 in. (127.3 cm) high

  • 28.0 in. (71.1 cm) wide

  • 28.0 in. (71.1 cm) deep

The total weight of the crate containing the PTX3000 and accessories can range up to approximately 350 lb (158.8 kg).


The PTX3000 is maximally protected inside the shipping crate. Do not unpack it until you are ready to begin installation.

To unpack the PTX3000 (see Figure 1):

  1. Move the shipping crate to a staging area as close to the installation site as possible, where you have enough room to remove the components from the chassis. While the chassis is bolted to the pallet, you can use a forklift or pallet jack to move it.
  2. Position the shipping crate with the arrows pointing up.
  3. Open all the latches on the shipping crate.
  4. Remove the front door of the shipping crate cover and set it aside.
  5. Slide the remainder of the shipping crate cover off the pallet.
  6. Remove the foam covering the top of the PTX3000.
  7. Remove the accessory box.
  8. Verify the parts received against the lists in Verifying the PTX3000 Parts Received.
  9. Remove the vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) packs attached to the pallet, being careful not to break the VCI packs open.
  10. To remove the brackets holding the chassis on the pallet, use a 1/2-in. socket wrench and a number 2 Phillips screwdriver to remove the bolts and screws from the brackets.
  11. Store the brackets and bolts inside the accessory box.
  12. Save the shipping crate cover, pallet, and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the PTX3000 at a later time.
Figure 1: Contents of the Shipping Crate Contents of the Shipping Crate
Shipping crate cover
Shipping crate base

Verifying the PTX3000 Parts Received

A packing list is included in each shipment. The packing list specifies the part numbers and descriptions of each part in your order.

To verify that you have received all parts:

  1. Verify that the items on the packing list are included in the parts in the main shipment.

    See Table 1.

  2. Verify that all parts in the accessory box have been received.

    See Table 2.

  3. If any part is missing, contact a customer service representative.
Table 1: PTX3000 Parts List



Chassis, including backplane


Craft interface



Up to 8


Up to 8 (one for each FPC)




Up to 16 (eight base modules and eight expansion modules)

Host subsystem consisting of one of the following two options:

  • Routing Engine and Control Board

  • Routing and Control Board (RCB) and RCB companion card

1 or 2


If you are installing only one RCB with no backup RCB, the RCB companion card is not required.

Power supply modules (PSMs)

Up to 5


Only four are required for maximum redundancy.

Fan trays


Mounting shelf


Blank panels for slots without components installed

One blank panel for each slot not occupied by a component

Table 2: Accessory Box Parts List



Number 1 Phillips (+) screws to mount chassis


Split washers for the grounding cable


Acorn nuts for grounding the router


4-AWG DC power lugs and grounding cable lug



One cable lug is for the grounding cable. Four cable lugs are for each PSM. The remaining lugs are spares.

Connectors for alarm relay cables, Terminal Block Plug, 3 Pole, 5.08 mm spacing, 12 A


End User License Agreement (EULA)


ROHS and warranty card


15-ft Ethernet cable to connect the Routing Engine to a management device (RJ-45 connectors, 4-pair stranded UTP, Category 5E)


7-ft serial cable to connect the Routing Engine to a management console (DB9 to RJ-45 adapter, straight through)


Electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap