Cisco ACE 4710 Appliance Hardware Installation Guide
Product Overview
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Product Overview

Table Of Contents

Product Overview

System Hardware Features

Front Panel Features

Rear Panel Features

Ports and Connectors

Ethernet Port Connectors

Console Port

RJ-45 to DB-9 or DB-25 Adapter


Product Overview


The Cisco 4710 Application Control Engine (ACE) appliance performs high-performance server load balancing (SLB) among groups of servers, server farms, firewalls, and other network devices, based on Layer 3 and Layer 4 through Layer 7 packet information. The ACE can terminate and initiate Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-encrypted traffic to allow intelligent load balancing while ensuring secure end-to-end encryption. The ACE also offers application acceleration to accelerate web application performance and optimize network performance.


Note Throughout this publication, the term ACE is used to refer to the Cisco 4710 ACE appliance. For a detailed overview on the capabilities of the ACE, see the Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance CLI Quick Configuration Note and the Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Device Manager GUI Quick Configuration Note.


This chapter provides an overview of the ACE and describes the hardware, major components, and front and rear panel indicators and controls. It contains the following major sections:

System Hardware Features

Ports and Connectors

System Hardware Features

The ACE is designed for AC-input power and has a single AC-input power supply. The ACE includes the following components:

Intel 3.4-GHz Pentium 4 CPU.

PCI-X four-port daughter card that provides four Layer 2 Ethernet ports for connecting to 10-Mbps, 100-Mbps, or 1000-Mbps networks. Each Layer 2 Ethernet port supports autonegotiate, full-duplex, or half-duplex operation on an Ethernet LAN and can carry traffic within a designated VLAN. The Ethernet ports include RJ-45 receptacles.

Serial port.

This section contains the following topics:

Front Panel Features

Rear Panel Features

Front Panel Features

The ACE front panel contains LED indicators and a power button. Figure 1-1 shows the ACE front panel.

Figure 1-1 Front Panel View

1

Power button with built-in power indicator. If the indicator is lit, turn the chassis power off by pressing this button.

Green = Power On
Amber = Standby Mode
Off = Power Off

4

System ID button. This button allows you to identify the unit from its other side when it is installed in a rack with multiple devices. When pressed, the blue System ID indicator flashes on the front and rear panels of the unit.

Press the front System ID button to activate the blue flashing indicator on the rear panel. Press the rear System ID button to turn off the flashing indicator.

2

Nonmaskable Interrupt (NMI) button. You do not need to use this recessed push button to trigger an NMI in normal operation. It is used for debugging.

3

Hard drive indicator (not supported).

5

System ID indicator. When the System ID button on the front or back panel is pressed, the blue System ID indicator flashes. Press the System ID button again to stop the indicator from flashing and remain on.

Note If the System ID button turns amber, this may be an indication of a system fault. In some cases, this may be a result of an internal fan failure.

6

USB port (not supported)


Rear Panel Features

The rear panel contains the AC power receptacle, Ethernet connectors, and the console/serial connector. Figure 1-2 shows the rear panel ports and connectors.

Figure 1-2 Rear Panel View

1

AC power receptacle.

12

System ID button/System status indicator. This button allows you to identify the unit from its other side when it is installed in a rack with multiple devices. When pressed, the blue System ID indicator flashes on the front and rear panels of the unit.

Press the rear System ID button to activate the blue flashing indicator on the front panel. Press the front System ID button to turn off the flashing indicator.

Note If the System ID button turns amber, this may be an indication of a system fault. In some cases, this may be a result of an internal fan failure.

2

PS/2 mouse port (not supported).

3

USB ports (not supported).

4

Console/serial connector (see Figure 1-4).

5

VGA port.

6, 7

RJ-45 Ethernet 1 and 2 port connectors
(For Future Use).

8 to 11

RJ-45 Ethernet port connectors (numbered 4 through 1 from left to right) with 10/100/1000-Mbps operation and status LEDs.

13

PS/2 keyboard port (not supported).


Ports and Connectors

The ACE supports the following port connectors on the rear of the chassis:

Ethernet Port Connectors

Console Port


Warning To avoid electric shock, do not connect safety extra-low voltage (SELV) circuits to telephone-network voltage (TNV) circuits. LAN ports contain SELV circuits, and WAN ports contain TNV circuits. Some LAN and WAN ports both use RJ-45 connectors. Use caution when connecting cables. Statement 1021


Ethernet Port Connectors

The ACE provides physical Ethernet ports to connect servers, PCs, routers, and other devices to the ACE. The ACE supports four Layer 2 Ethernet ports for performing Layer 2 switching.

The four Layer 2 Ethernet ports can be configured to provide an interface for connecting to 10-Mbps, 100-Mbps, or 1000-Mbps networks. Each Layer 2 Ethernet port supports autonegotiate, full-duplex, or half-duplex operation on an Ethernet LAN and can carry traffic within a designated VLAN.

To access the Ethernet port, connect a Category 3, 4, or 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable to each RJ-45 connector on the back of the chassis.


Note The 100BASE-TX/1000BASE-TX Ethernet standard requires that you use standard four twisted-pair Category 5e cable at lengths up to 328.08 feet (100 meters).


Figure 1-3 shows the LED link indicators for the Ethernet port and the pin number assignments for the RJ-45 port. As shown in Figure 1-3 for Ethernet port 4, the link LED in the lower right below each Ethernet port serves as the indicator for the associated port. The states of each Ethernet port link LED is as follows:

Off when the 10-Mbps Ethernet link is connected or when there is no link.

Glows steady green when the 100-Mbps Ethernet link is connected.

Glows steady orange when the 1000-Mbps GigabitEthernet link is connected.

The second LED flashes yellow when there is activity.

Figure 1-3 Ethernet Port Link Connectors

Console Port

The ACE has one standard RS-232 serial port located on the rear panel that operates as the console port. The integrated serial port uses a 9-pin male D-shell connector. Figure 1-4 shows the pin number assignments for the 9-pin port.

See Table 1-1 for the console port connector pinouts.

Figure 1-4 Console Port Connector Pin Numbers

Table 1-1 Console Port Connector Pinouts

Pin
Signal
I/O
Definition
1

DCD

I

Data carrier detect

2

SIN

I

Serial input

3

SOUT

O

Serial output

4

DTR

O

Data terminal ready

5

GND

N/A

Signal ground

6

DSR

I

Data set ready

7

RTS

O

Request to send

8

CTS

I

Clear to send

9

RI

I

Ring indicator

Shell

N/A

N/A

Chassis ground


The console port operates at the factory-default settings outlined in Table 1-2. You cannot modify these settings.

Table 1-2 ACE Console Port Settings

Parameters
Settings

Baud

9600

Data Bits

8

Parity

None

Stop Bits

1

Terminal Type

VT100/ANSI

Hardware Flow Control

On


RJ-45 to DB-9 or DB-25 Adapter

Table 1-3 lists the cable pinouts for the RJ-45 to DB-9 or DB-25 adapter. The DB-9 adapter is used to connect a rolled RJ-45 cable to the console serial port. The DB-9 or DB-25 adapter is used to connect the other end of the rolled RJ-45 cable to a PC or terminal serial port.

Table 1-3 Cable Pinouts for RJ-45 to DB-9 or DB-25

Signal
RJ-45 Pin
DB-9/DB-25 Pin

RTS

8

8

DTR

7

6

TxD

6

2

GND

5

5

GND

4

5

RxD

3

3

DSR

2

4

CTS

1

7