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Step 1: Begin

In this guide, we provide a simple, three-step path, to quickly get you up and running with the Juniper Networks® QFX5130-32CD switch. You'll learn how to install, power on, and configure basic settings for both AC-powered and DC-powered QFX5130-32CD switches.

Meet the QFX5130-32CD

The QFX5130-32CD Ethernet Switches are an optimally designed solution for spine-and-leaf deployments in enterprise, service provider, and cloud data centers. The switches come in a low-profile 1-U form factor and support a bandwidth of 12.8 Tbps.

With 32 400GbE ports, the switches enable a wide variety of configurations that include support for 10-Gbps, 25-Gbps, 40-Gbps, 100-Gbps, and 400-Gbps speeds. The QFX5130-32CD switches are available with either a front-to-back or back-to-front airflow and with dual AC power supplies.

Install the QFX5130-32CD

What's in the Box?

  • QFX5130-32CD switch

  • Two power cords appropriate for your geographic location

  • Rack mount kit with:

    • Twelve flat-head M4x6-mm Phillips mounting screws

    • One pair of mounting blades

    • One pair of mounting rails


We no longer include a DB-9 to RJ-45 cable or a DB-9 to RJ-45 adapter with a CAT5E copper cable as part of the device package. If you require a console cable, you can order it separately with the part number JNP-CBL-RJ45-DB9 (DB-9 to RJ-45 adapter with a CAT5E copper cable).

What Else Do I Need?

You'll need to provide:

  • Someone to help you secure the switch to the rack

  • Eight rack mount screws

  • Panduit LCD10-10A-L grounding lug or equivalent

  • Two 10-32 x 0.25 screws with #10 split-lock washers

  • A number two Phillips (+) screwdriver

  • RJ-45 Ethernet cable

  • RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter

  • A serial-to-USB adapter (If your laptop or desktop PC doesn't have a serial port)

Install the QFX5130-32CD in a Four-Post Rack

Here’s how to install the QFX5130-32CD in a four-post rack:
  1. Review the General Safety Guidelines and Warnings.
  2. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end to a site ESD point.
  3. Decide which end of the switch you want to place at the front of the rack. Position the switch so that the AIR IN labels are next to the cold aisle and the AIR OUT labels are next to the hot aisle.
  4. Attach the mounting rails to the sides of the switch using the twelve flat-head screws.
  5. Lift the switch and position it in the rack. Line up the bottom hole in each mounting rail with a hole in each rack rail, making sure the switch is level.
  6. While you’re holding the switch in place, have a second person insert and tighten the rack mount screws to secure the mounting rails to the rack rails. Make sure they tighten the screws in the two bottom holes first and then tighten the screws in the two top holes.
  7. Continue holding the switch in place and have the second person slide the mounting blades into the channel of the mounting rails.
  8. Screw the mounting blades to the rack using the rack mount screws (and cage nuts and washers if your rack requires them).
  9. Check that the mounting brackets on each side of the rack are level.

    If you have unused ports, plug them using dust covers to prevent dust from entering the switch.

Power On

Now that you’ve installed your QFX5130-32CD in the rack, you’re ready to connect it to power.
  1. Wrap and fasten one end of the ESD grounding strap around your bare wrist, and connect the other end to one of the ESD grounding points on the switch.
  2. Use two 10-32 x 0.25 screws with #10 split-lock washers to secure the grounding lug and attached cable to the chassis. Attach the lug through the left rail and blade assembly to the chassis.
  3. Connect the remaining end of the grounding cable to a proper earth ground, such as the rack. Dress the grounding cable and ensure that it doesn’t touch or block access to other device components and that it doesn’t drape where people could trip over it.
  4. Ensure that the power supplies are fully inserted in the chassis and the latches are secure.
  5. For each power supply, ensure that the loop on the power cord retainer is open and there’s enough space to insert the power cord coupler into the inlet. If the loop is closed, press the small tab on the retainer to loosen the loop.
  6. Thread the power cord coupler through the power cord retainer loop.
  7. Plug the power cord into the AC inlet on the power supply faceplate.
  8. Slide the power cord retainer loop toward the power supply until it is snug against the base of the coupler.
  9. Press the tab on the loop and draw out the loop to enclose the power cord.

    Ensure that the power cord does not block access to device components or drape where people can trip on it.

  10. If the AC power source outlet has a power switch, turn it off.

    The switch powers on as soon as you connect it to power. It doesn’t have a power switch.

  11. Plug in the power cord to the AC power source outlet.
  12. If the AC power source outlet has a power switch, turn it on.
  13. Verify that the AC LEDs on each power supply are lit green.