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.


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


A typical installation using a single accelerated-bridge uses three Ethernet ports (the Primary port and apA) and five IP addresses (three 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 Primary port is used for initial configuration.

On the SD-WAN 2000 and 3000 appliances, the motherboard ports are labeled “0/1” and “0/2.” They are equivalent to the Primary and Aux1 ports, respectively.

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.

Connecting 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.

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.

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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.

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. 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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Connecting the power cable

The appliances have 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.

To connect the appliance to the power source

  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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