Connecting the Cables

When the appliance is securely mounted on the rack, determine which ports you should use. You are then ready to connect the cables. Ethernet cables and the optional console cable are connected first. Connect the power cable last.

Warning: Before installing or repairing the appliance, remove all jewelry and other metal objects that might come in contact with power sources or wires. When you touch both a live power source or wire and ground, any metal objects can heat up rapidly and cause burns, set clothing on fire, or fuse the metal object to an exposed terminal.

Ports

A typical installation using a single accelerated bridge uses four Ethernet ports (the Primary port and apA) and six IP addresses (four on the Primary port’s subnet and two on apA’s subnet).

The appliance has two motherboard ports and two (SD-WAN 400/800 and SD-WAN 1000/2000) or three (SD-WAN 3000) accelerated bridges.

  • The motherboard ports are labeled as MGMT (management) and AUX1 (auxiliary) ports in SD-WAN1000 appliance with Windows Server and PRI (primary) and AUX (auxiliary) in SD-WAN 2000 appliance with Windows Server.
  • You use MGMT port of the SD-WAN 1000 appliance with Windows Server and PRI port of the SD-WAN 2000 appliance with Windows Server for initial configuration.
  • The SD-WAN 400/800/1000 and 2000 appliances each have two pairs of accelerated bridge ports. The 3000 appliance has three pairs of accelerated-bridge ports. On the appliance, ports 1/1 and 1/2 are the accelerated pair A (apA) bridge ports, ports 1/3 and 1/4 are the apB ports, and ports 1/5 and 1/6 are the apC bridge ports.
  • Accelerated bridge ports are apA and apB are available on the back panel of SD-WAN 1000 appliance with Windows Server and the front panel of SD-WAN 2000 appliance with Windows Server. On SD-WAN 1000WS appliance with Windows Server, these ports are labeled as LAN1 and WAN1, and LAN2 and WAN2, respectively. However, on SD-WAN 2000WS appliance with Windows Server, these ports are labeled as 1/1 and 1/2, and 1/3 and 1/4, respectively.

Connect the ethernet cables

Ethernet cables connect your appliance to the network. The type of cable you need depends on the type of port used to connect to the network. Use a category 5e or category 6 Ethernet cable with a standard RJ-45 connector on a 10/100/1000BASE-T port.

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To connect an Ethernet cable to a 10/100/1000BASE-T port:

  1. Insert the RJ-45 connector on one end of your Ethernet cable into an appropriate port of the appliance.
  2. Insert the RJ-45 connector on the other end into the target device, such as a router or switch.
  3. Verify that the LED glows amber when the connection is established.

Connecting the console cable

You can use the console cable to connect your appliance to a computer or terminal, from which you can configure the appliance. Before connecting the console cable, configure the computer or terminal to support VT100 terminal emulation, 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, parity, and flow control set to NONE. Then connect one end of the console cable to the RS232 serial port on the appliance and the other end to the computer or terminal.

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To connect the console cable to a computer or terminal:

  1. Insert the DB-9 connector at the end of the cable into the console port. On SD-WAN 1000 appliance with Windows Server, the port is located on the back panel. On SD-WAN 2000 appliance with Windows Server, the port is located on the front panel.

    Note: To use a cable with an RJ-45 converter, insert the optional converter provided into the console port and attach the cable to it.

  2. Insert the RJ-45 connector at the other end of the cable into the serial port of the computer or terminal.

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Connect the power cable

An SD-WAN appliance has one power supply, unless you have installed a second. A separate ground cable is not required, because the three-prong plug provides grounding. Provide power to the appliance by installing the power cord. Connect the other end of the power cable to a standard 110V/220V power outlet.

  1. Connect one end of the power cable to the power outlet on the back panel of the appliance, next to the power supply.
  2. Connect the other end of the power cable to a standard 110V/220V power outlet.

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The SD-WAN 4000/5000 appliance has two power supplies, with one serving as a backup. A separate ground cable is not required, because the three-prong plug provides grounding. Power up the appliance by installing one or both power cords.

Note

The appliance emits a high-pitched alert if one power supply fails or if you connect only one power cable to the appliance. To silence the alarm, you can press the small red button on the back panel of the appliance.