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Connect the vEdge 1000 Router

This article describes how to connect the vEdge 1000 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 your vEdge 1000 router, connect the router to earth ground before you power it on. To do so, you need a number 2 Phillips (+) screwdriver.

To connect system ground to the vEdge 1000 router (see Figure 1):

  1. Connect one end of the grounding cable to a proper earth ground, such as the rack in which the router is mounted.
  2. Secure the grounding lug to the protective grounding terminal with the washers and screws.​ If you are using the cable clamp to secure the power cords, slide the grounding lug onto the screw before the cable clamp.
  3. 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 1000 Router

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Note: If you plan to mount the vEdge 1000 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

To connect the vEdge 1000 router to an AC power source (see Figure 2):

  1. Attach an ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist. Then connect the strap to the ESD point on the rack.
  2. Plug the AC power adapter cords into inputs PWR 0 and PWR 1 on the back of the router. Note that the second power adapter is for redundancy. If you are using only one power adapter, you can plug it into PWR 0 or PWR 1.
  3. Secure the power adapter cords in place by loosening the cable clamp screw, tucking the cords under the clamp, and then tightening the screw as shown in Figure 2.
  4. Plug one end of each power cord into an AC power adapter, and plug the other end into an AC power outlet.

Figure 2: Connecting an AC Power Supply Adapter to a vEdge 1000 Router

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Note: It is strongly recommended that you use the power supply adapter and the power cord supplied with the vEdge 1000 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 1000 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 1000 router to a management console:

  1. Connect one end of the console cable into the console port, labeled CONSOLE, on the vEdge router (see Figure 3).
  2. Connect the other end of the console cable into the console server or to a management console.

Figure 3: Connecting a vEdge 1000 Router to a Management Console

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Note: The management console is also accessible via a USB Type B interface on the front panel of the vEdge 1000 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:

  1. Go to the Device Manager to determine which COM port is being used for the USB serial port.
  2. In the PuTTY SSH/Telnet client, in Connection Type, select Serial. Then, specify the COM port and a speed of 115200.

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You can download the Windows driver here.

To use the USB console from a Macintosh device:

  1. Install the USB serial drivers attached here.
  2. Launch the Terminal utility.
  3. 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 1000 router using a dedicated management channel. To connect the vEdge 1000 router to a network for out-of-band management:

  1. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the management port, labeled MGMT, on the vEdge router (see Figure 4). The management Ethernet port is a 10/100/1000 Mbps port that supports autonegotiation.
  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the management device.

Figure 4: Connecting the vEdge 1000 Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management

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