This article describes how to connect the vEdge 2000 router to system ground, an AC power source, a management console, and to a network for out-of-band-management.
Step 1: Connect Earth Ground to the Router
To meet safety and electromagnetic interference (EMI) requirements and to ensure proper operation of the vEdge 2000 router, connect the router to earth ground before you power it on. To do so, you need the following tools:
- Number 2 Phillips (+) screwdriver
To connect system ground to the vEdge 2000 router (see Figure 1):
- Connect one end of the grounding cable to a proper earth ground, such as the rack in which the vEdge 2000 router is mounted.
- Secure the grounding lug to the protective grounding terminal with the washers and screws.
- Dress the grounding cable, and make sure that it does not touch or block access to other router components.
Figure 1: Connecting a Grounding Cable to a vEdge 2000 Router
Note: If you plan to mount the vEdge 2000 router on four posts of a rack, mount the router in the rack before attaching the grounding lug to the router.
Step 2: Connect AC Power to the Router
Once you have connected the vEdge 2000 router to system ground and at least one power supply is installed, you can connect AC power to the router. Before you connect power to the router, make sure you have:
- Electrostatic discharge (ESD) grounding strap
- Power cords appropriate for your geographical location. See AC Power Cord Specifications.
Warning: Only qualified personnel should be allowed to install and connect power to the vEdge router.
To connect the vEdge 2000 router to an AC power source:
- Attach the ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist. Then connect the strap to the ESD point on the rack.
- Locate the AC power cord or cords shipped with the router. The AC power cords have plugs that are appropriate for your geographical location.
- Insert the coupler end of the power cord into the AC appliance inlet.
- If the AC power source outlet has a power switch, turn it to the OFF (0) position.
- Insert the power cord plug into an AC power source outlet.
- If the AC power source outlet has a power switch, turn it to the ON (|) position.
- Turn the power switch at the back of the vEdge 2000 router chassis to the ON position.
- Check that the LED on the power supply faceplate is lit and is on steadily.
- Repeat Steps 2 through 7 for the second power supply.
Figure 2: Connecting AC Power Supply to a vEdge 2000 Router
Note: It is strongly recommended that you use the power cord supplied with the vEdge 2000 router.
Caution: If you are connecting AC power to the router, it is recommended that the building have an external surge protective device installed.
Step 3: Connect the Router to a Management Console
You can configure and manage a vEdge 2000 router using a management console. To connect the router to a management console, use the console port which accepts a cable with an RJ-45 connector. See Console Port.
Warning: Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled cables can damage the console port. Do not accidentally connect these cables to the console port.
To connect the vEdge 2000 router to a management console:
- Connect one end of the console cable into the console port (labeled CONSOLE) on the vEdge 2000 router (see Figure 5).
- Connect the other end of the console cable into the console server or to a management console.
Figure 3: Connecting a vEdge 2000 Router to a Management Console
Note: The management console is also accessible via a USB Type B interface on the front panel of the vEdge 2000 router. The USB Type B interface can be connected to a computer using a USB Type A or Type B cable that is shipped with the router.
To use the USB console from a Windows device:
- Go to the Device Manager to determine which COM port is being used for the USB serial port.
- In the PuTTY SSH/Telnet client, in Connection Type, select Serial. Then, specify the COM port and a speed of 115200.
You can download the Windows driver here.
To use the USB console from a Macintosh device:
- Install the USB serial drivers attached here.
- Launch the Terminal utility.
- From a terminal shell, access the console port with this command:
$ screen /dev/tty.usbserial* 115200,cs8
Step 4: Connect the Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management
You can monitor and manage the vEdge 2000 router using a dedicated management channel.
To connect the vEdge 2000 router to a network for out-of-band management:
- Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the management port (labeled MGMT) on the vEdge 2000 router (see Figure 6). The management Ethernet port is a 10/100/1000 Mbps port that supports autonegotiation.
- Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the management device.
Figure 4: Connecting a vEdge 2000 Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management