It is possible to use the building integrated timing supply (BITS)
output reference to time a Cisco ONS 15454 node or another piece of equipment.
However, when a BITS interface is enabled for this purpose, you receive a loss
of signal (LOS) alarm on the BITS input.
This document explains how to resolve this issue so that you can use
the BITS out interface and not incur a standing LOS alarm.
There are no specific requirements for this document.
The information in this document is based on a Cisco ONS 15454 chassis
that runs any current software version.
The information in this document was created from the devices in a
specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with
a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you
understand the potential impact of any command.
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It is possible to derive timing from your optical reference, but use
the BITS output to time another piece of equipment external to the optical
ring. This can either be an additional Cisco ONS 15454 network element or
another vendor's equipment that requires T1 timing. This equipment may or may
not be electrically connected. However, if this equipment is optically
connected to the ring with the timing source, a better solution is to originate
timing from the optical line and not the external BITS out. An optical source
for timing is better than the BITS out because of the electrical
The problem with the BITS output occurs when the BITS interface is
enabled. This is because there is no input to pins A2 and B2, as well as A4 and
B4 on the back plane, and a LOS alarm results. The input cannot be put into an
out-of-service state independently of the output in order to clear this alarm,
so the LOS alarm remains if you use this output.
A workaround for this is to wire-wrap the output signal back from an
unused source such as the second BITS output to the input pins:
This clears the alarm. Since the timing input is not used, you can
strap in or "daisy chain" the second BITS input A2 BITS in/Ring(-) and B2 BITS
in/TIP(+). This leaves the first BITS output free for use.
Avoid double-terminating any timing source signal that is used as a
timing source for a device, as this has negative effects on the signal quality.
If both BITS out signals are required for an application, any source of a T-1
can be used. For example, the timing output from the device timed.
Note: It is critical that you prevent timing loops. Ensure that the BITS
IN to the Cisco ONS 15454 is never used as a timing reference when configured
in this manner, as some of the internal safeguards might be bypassed in the