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Cabling Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches to Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H Cable Interface Line Cards in a Cisco uBR10012 CMTS Quick Start Guide

Table Of Contents

Cabling Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches to Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H Cable Interface Line Cards in a Cisco uBR10012 CMTS Quick Start Guide

Cisco One-Year Limited Hardware Warranty Terms

Overview

Protection Scheme

RF Cable Assembly Specifications

Universal Cable Holders

Coaxial Cable Bundles

Header Blocks

Connecting RF Cables to the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch

CMTS and PROTECT Cabling

Cable Plant Cabling

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Cabling Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches to Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H Cable Interface Line Cards in a Cisco uBR10012 CMTS Quick Start Guide


Published: February 29, 2012, OL-26634-01

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Overview

This document describes the procedures used to connect the cables between the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches and the working and protect Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U cable interface line cards installed in a Cisco uBR10012 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS).

Protection Scheme

The N+1 redundancy protection scheme you select for your system depends largely upon the number of cable interface line cards installed in the Cisco uBR10012 chassis. The 7+1 eight-card redundancy scheme supports redundancy for the cable interface line cards installed in a fully populated Cisco uBR10012 chassis. Other redundancy schemes can be used to support partial cable interface line card populations in a Cisco uBR10012 chassis.

A single Cisco uBR10012 CMTS supports up to eight Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U cable interface line cards, each featuring 5 downstream and 20 upstream cable interfaces for a total of 40 downstream and 160 upstream interfaces in the chassis. Two Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches are used to connect to the Cisco uBR10012 CMTS, to deploy a redundancy scheme in which one protect cable interface line card supports from one to seven working cable interface line cards in the same chassis.

RF Cable Assembly Specifications

The following sections describe the coaxial cable and header block assemblies required to support N+1 redundancy between the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches and the Cisco CMTS.


Note Although you may construct and implement your own cabling system according to the specifications outlined here, we recommend using the Cisco N+1 redundancy cabling solution designed specifically for this Cisco CMTS feature (Cisco part numbers CAB-RFSW520QTIMF2, CAB-RFSW520QTIMM2, and CAB-RFSW520QTPMF2 for pre-assembled, terminated cable bundles). Pre-assembled cable sets are designed to fit the racking configuration described in Rack-Mounting Two Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switches with the Cisco uBR10012 CMTS and Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U Cable Interface Line Cards quick start guide. Other configurations require custom cables.



Note Quad-shield coaxial cable bundles for the Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H cable interface line card can be purchased from Cisco, with the Universal Cable Holders (UCH) already connected to the coaxial cable bundles. Alternatively, custom-length quad-shield coaxial cable bundles can be purchased from third party vendors, with the UCH either connected to the cable bundles or provided as seperate components.



Note Prepopulated custom cables for this reference design, or cable components such as header blocks, crimping tools, or connectors, are available from custom cable fabricators such as White Sands Engineering (1-800-JUMPERS).


Figure 1 shows the cable bundle for Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H cable interface line card to hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) plant that has 25 F connectors attached to one end and three UCH2 units attached to the other end. This cable is 9.84 feet (3 m) long and the part number is CAB-RFSW520QTIMF2.

Figure 1 Cable Bundle with UCH2 Units and F Connectors

1

F Connectors

2

UCH2


Figure 2 shows the cable bundle for Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H cable interface line card to RF switch that has three UCH2 units attached to one end and two RF switch header blocks attached to the other end. This cable is 3.2 feet (1 m) long and the part number is CAB-RFSW520QTIMM2.

Figure 2 Cable Bundle with UCH2 Units and RF Switch Header Blocks

1

RF Switch Header Blocks

2

UCH2


Figure 3 shows the cable bundle for RF switch to HFC plant that has two RF switch header blocks attached to one end and 25 F connectors attached to the other end. This cable is 9.84 feet (3 m) long and the part number is CAB-RFSW520QTPMF2.

Figure 3 Cable Bundle with RF Switch Header Blocks and F Connectors

1

F Connectors

2

RF Switch Header Blocks



Note Customers purchasing custom-length quad-shield coaxial cable bundles from third party vendors can purchase spare Universal Cable Holders and spare RF switch header blocks from Cisco.


Universal Cable Holders

Universal cable holders (UCH) are used to attach the cables to the Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U cable interface line cards. Refer to Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U Cable Interface Line Card for information about installing cables in the UCH.


Caution Always use universal cable holders to avoid damage to the connectors on the line cards.

Coaxial Cable Bundles

The coaxial cable approved for use in the Cisco N+1 cable assembly is Belden YR46940. The cable bundles have either 5 or 10 coaxial cables enclosed in an external sheath. Each cable in the bundle is a different color. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4 Cable Bundles with Cable Holders and Header Blocks

Cisco cables are color-coded for easy reference and installation. The cable color corresponds to a specific port on the card. The tables include a column for users to define ports and color definitions.

See Table 1 for a list of the cable ports and associated cable color applicable when using MC5X20 dual/qual-shielded cables.

See Table 2 for a list of the cable ports and associated cable color applicable when using MC5X20 legacy 5-color quad-shielded cables.


Note In Europe only, the Cisco uBR10-MC5X20H card must use quad-shielded cables. In all other regions, the Cisco uBR10-MC5X20H card can use dual-shielded or quad-shielded cables.

The Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S and U can use dual-shielded or quad-shielded cables in all regions.



Note Precision miniature video coaxial cables come in various colors, and you can use any cable color combination. However, when you are connecting the Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U/H cable interface card to the Cisco RF switch, we recommend that you install the cables in the UCH as listed in Table 1.


Table 1 MC5X20 Dual/Qual Shielded Cable Ports and Cable Colors 

Universal Cable Holder (1)
Universal Cable Holder (2)
Universal Cable Holder (3)
Line Card Port
Cable Color
RF Switch User Defined
Line Card Port
Cable Color
RF Switch User Defined
Line Card Port
Cable Color
RF Switch
User Defined

US1 0

Red

 

US10

Grey

 

DS2 0

Red

 

US1

White

 

US11

Brown

 

DS1

White

 

US2

Blue

 

US12

Red

 

DS2

Blue

 

US3

Green

 

US13

White

 

DS3

Green

 

US4

Yellow

 

US14

Blue

 

DS4

Yellow

 

US5

Violet

 

US15

Green

 

 

US6

Orange

 

US16

Yellow

 

 

US7

Black

 

US17

Violet

 

 

US8

Grey

 

US18

Orange

 

 

US9

Brown

 

US19

Black

 

 

1 US = upstream

2 DS = downstream


Table 2 Legacy 5-Color MC5X20 Quad-Shielded Cable Ports and Cable Colors 

Universal Cable Holder (1)
Universal Cable Holder (2)
Universal Cable Holder (3)
Line Card Port
Cable Color
RF Switch User Defined
Line Card Port
Cable Color
RF Switch User Defined
Line Card Port
Cable Color
RF Switch
User Defined

US1 0

Red

 

US10

Red

 

DS2 0

Red

 

US1

White

 

US11

White

 

DS1

White

 

US2

Blue

 

US12

Blue

 

DS2

Blue

 

US3

Green

 

US13

Green

 

DS3

Green

 

US4

Yellow

 

US14

Yellow

 

DS4

Yellow

 

US5

Red

 

US15

Red

 

 

US6

White

 

US16

White

 

 

US7

Blue

 

US17

Blue

 

 

US8

Green

 

US18

Green

 

 

US9

Yellow

 

US19

Yellow

 

 

1 US = upstream

2 DS = downstream


Header Blocks

Header blocks hold the MCX connectors that attach to the individual coaxial cables that mate to the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch. Be sure that the header block is in the correct orientation before inserting the cables.


Note The header blocks used in this cabling solution are slightly beveled at the top for easy identification. In addition, the alignment pins on the header blocks are offset, preventing you from accidentally connecting the header block upside down.



Note An extraction tool is shipped with the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch to remove MCX connectors from the header blocks and universal cable holders, if necessary.


Figure 5 displays a detailed view of a header block that connects to the RF switches.

Figure 5 Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch Header Block


Note The following instructions describe the connection process for the customized RF cables and the maintenance of the Cisco preconfigured cable bundles.


Connecting RF Cables to the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch

RF cables are connected to the CMTS, PROTECT, and CABLE PLANT portions of the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch in bundles of RF cables. The cables are terminated with MCX connectors that attach to the header blocks connected to the RF Switch at one of the following locations:

CMTS—These groups of RF cables connect to cable interface line cards designated as the working line cards.

PROTECT—These groups of RF cables connect to cable interface line cards designated as the protect line cards.

CABLE PLANT—These groups of RF cables connect to the splitters and diplexers at the cable headend or hub.

To insert the cables in the header block and connect the header block to the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch, complete the following steps:


Step 1 Insert the MCX connectors into the header blocks according to the mapping in the "CMTS and PROTECT Cabling" section.

Step 2 Gently pull on the cables to be sure that they are firmly seated in the header blocks.

Step 3 With the beveled edge of the header block at the top, line up the two alignment pins on the header block with the two holes corresponding to the RF connector group (CMTS, PROTECT, or CABLE PLANT) section of the RF switch.

Step 4 Press the header block into place, using equal pressure on both the upper and lower portions of the header block.

Figure 6 Cabled Header Block and RF Switch


Caution To ensure proper installation and avoid poor connections, be sure that the cables are not positioned at too acute an angle.

Step 5 Use a flat-blade screwdriver to tighten the captive installation screws at both the top and bottom of the header block to prevent accidental disconnections.


Caution Do not overtighten. Cisco recommends that you tighten the screws to 5 to 7 inch-pounds.


Tip Alternately, mount the header blocks on the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch first, then insert the MCX connectors. Do not fully tighten the header blocks to the RF switch before gently pulling on the cables to be sure that they are firmly seated.



CMTS and PROTECT Cabling

This section describes the mapping of RF cables from the working and protect line cards to the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch. Refer to Figure 7 for header block and cable designations as viewed from the cable side of the header blocks.

When you connect RF cables between the RF switch and a cable interface line card installed in a Cisco uBR10012 chassis, ensure that all the RF cables in the bundle attach to interfaces on the same cable interface line card installed in the Cisco uBR10012 chassis. (Refer to Table 3, Table 4, Table 5, and Table 6 for line-card-to-RF-switch-port mapping information.)

Use the following guidelines to map cables between the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch and the Cisco uBR10012 CMTS:

The cable interface ports labeled A through E and H through L on the header block all must attach to upstream interfaces on the Cisco uBR10012 chassis.

The cable interface ports labeled F, G, and M are applicable only to downstream connection.

The cable interface port labeled N on the header block does not attach to anything in the Cisco RF switch. Therefore, it should not be connected to any cable interface on the Cisco uBR10012 CMTS.


Note This mapping is applicable to both working and protect cable interface line cards when employing N+1 redundancy. The distinction between which cable interface line card serves as a protect line card and which serve as working line cards is determined by whether the header block is plugged into a working (switch side) or protect group of slots on the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch and by the configuration you specify. Refer to the "N+1 Redundancy for the Cisco CMTS" chapter of the Cisco Cable Modem Termination System Feature Guide.



Tip Install the cable management bracket (optional), before cabling the RF switch.


Figure 7 Wiring the CMTS and Protect Headers (Cable Plant Headers Shown for Comparison)

Table 3 RF Switch Ports and Line Card Ports for Line Card Slots 8/0 and 8/1 

Working Line Card Slot 8/0—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Working Line Card Slot 8/1—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Cable Color

US0

SW2-1A

US0

SW2-2A

Red

US1

SW2-1B

US1

SW2-2B

White

US2

SW2-1C

US2

SW2-2C

Blue

US3

SW2-1D

US3

SW2-2D

Green

US4

SW2-1H

US4

SW2-2H

Yellow

US5

SW2-1I

US5

SW2-2I

Violet

US6

SW2-1J

US6

SW2-2J

Orange

US7

SW2-1K

US7

SW2-2K

Black

US8

SW2-1E

US8

SW2-2E

Gray

US9

SW2-1L

US9

SW2-2L

Brown

 

US10

SW1-1E

US10

SW1-2E

Gray

US11

SW1-1L

US11

SW1-2L

Brown

US12

SW1-1A

US12

SW1-2A

Red

US13

SW1-1B

US13

SW1-2B

White

US14

SW1-1C

US14

SW1-2C

Blue

US15

SW1-1D

US15

SW1-2D

Green

US16

SW1-1H

US16

SW1-2H

Yellow

US17

SW1-1I

US17

SW1-2I

Violet

US18

SW1-1J

US18

SW1-2J

Orange

US19

SW1-1K

US19

SW1-2K

Black

 

DS0

SW2-1F

DS0

SW2-2F

Red

DS1

SW2-1M

DS1

SW2-2M

White

DS2

SW1-1G

DS2

SW1-2G

Blue

DS3

SW1-1F

DS3

SW1-2F

Green

DS4

SW1-1M

DS4

SW1-2M

Yellow


Table 4 RF Switch Ports and Line Card Ports for Line Card Slots 7/0 and 7/1 

Working Line Card Slot 7/0—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Working Line Card Slot 7/1—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Cable Color

US0

SW2-3A

US0

SW2-4A

Red

US1

SW2-3B

US1

SW2-4B

White

US2

SW2-3C

US2

SW2-4C

Blue

US3

SW2-3D

US3

SW2-4D

Green

US4

SW2-3H

US4

SW2-4H

Yellow

US5

SW2-3I

US5

SW2-4I

Violet

US6

SW2-3J

US6

SW2-4J

Orange

US7

SW2-3K

US7

SW2-4K

Black

US8

SW2-3E

US8

SW2-4E

Gray

US9

SW2-3L

US9

SW2-4L

Brown

 

US10

SW1-3E

US10

SW1-4E

Gray

US11

SW1-3L

US11

SW1-4L

Brown

US12

SW1-3A

US12

SW1-4A

Red

US13

SW1-3B

US13

SW1-4B

White

US14

SW1-3C

US14

SW1-4C

Blue

US15

SW1-3D

US15

SW1-4D

Green

US16

SW1-3H

US16

SW1-4H

Yellow

US17

SW1-3I

US17

SW1-4I

Violet

US18

SW1-3J

US18

SW1-4J

Orange

US19

SW1-3K

US19

SW1-4K

Black

 

DS0

SW2-3F

DS0

SW2-4F

Red

DS1

SW2-3M

DS1

SW2-4M

White

DS2

SW1-3G

DS2

SW1-4G

Blue

DS3

SW1-3F

DS3

SW1-4F

Green

DS4

SW1-3M

DS4

SW1-4M

Yellow


Table 5 RF Switch Ports and Line Card Ports for Line Card Slots 6/0 and 6/1 

Working Line Card Slot 6/0—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Working Line Card Slot 6/1—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Cable Color

US0

SW2-5A

US0

SW2-6A

Red

US1

SW2-5B

US1

SW2-6B

White

US2

SW2-5C

US2

SW2-6C

Blue

US3

SW2-5D

US3

SW2-6D

Green

US4

SW2-5H

US4

SW2-6H

Yellow

US5

SW2-5I

US5

SW2-6I

Violet

US6

SW2-5J

US6

SW2-6J

Orange

US7

SW2-5K

US7

SW2-6K

Black

US8

SW2-5E

US8

SW2-6E

Gray

US9

SW2-5L

US9

SW2-6L

Brown

 

US10

SW1-5E

US10

SW1-6E

Gray

US11

SW1-5L

US11

SW1-6L

Brown

US12

SW1-5A

US12

SW1-6A

Red

US13

SW1-5B

US13

SW1-6B

White

US14

SW1-5C

US14

SW1-6C

Blue

US15

SW1-5D

US15

SW1-6D

Green

US16

SW1-5H

US16

SW1-6H

Yellow

US17

SW1-5I

US17

SW1-6I

Violet

US18

SW1-5J

US18

SW1-6J

Orange

US19

SW1-5K

US19

SW1-6K

Black

 

DS0

SW2-5F

DS0

SW2-6F

Red

DS1

SW2-5M

DS1

SW2-6M

White

DS2

SW1-5G

DS2

SW1-6G

Blue

DS3

SW1-5F

DS3

SW1-6F

Green

DS4

SW1-5M

DS4

SW1-6M

Yellow


Table 6 RF Switch Ports and Line Card Ports for Line Card Slots 5/0 and 5/1 

Working Line Card Slot 5/0—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Protect Line Card Slot 5/1—Ports
RF Switch—Port
Cable Color

US0

SW2-7A

US0

SW2-P1A

Red

US1

SW2-7B

US1

SW2-P1B

White

US2

SW2-7C

US2

SW2-P1C

Blue

US3

SW2-7D

US3

SW2-P1D

Green

US4

SW2-7H

US4

SW2-P1H

Yellow

US5

SW2-7I

US5

SW2-P1I

Violet

US6

SW2-7J

US6

SW2-P1J

Orange

US7

SW2-7K

US7

SW2-P1K

Black

US8

SW2-7E

US8

SW2-P1E

Gray

US9

SW2-7L

US9

SW2-P1L

Brown

 

US10

SW1-7E

US10

SW1-P1E

Gray

US11

SW1-7L

US11

SW1-P1L

Brown

US12

SW1-7A

US12

SW1-P1A

Red

US13

SW1-7B

US13

SW1-P1B

White

US14

SW1-7C

US14

SW1-P1C

Blue

US15

SW1-7D

US15

SW1-P1D

Green

US16

SW1-7H

US16

SW1-P1H

Yellow

US17

SW1-7I

US17

SW1-P1I

Violet

US18

SW1-7J

US18

SW1-P1J

Orange

US19

SW1-7K

US19

SW1-P1K

Black

 

DS0

SW2-7F

DS0

SW2-P1F

Red

DS1

SW2-7M

DS1

SW2-P1M

White

DS2

SW1-7G

DS2

SW1-P1G

Blue

DS3

SW1-7F

DS3

SW1-P1F

Green

DS4

SW1-7M

DS4

SW1-P1M

Yellow


Cable Plant Cabling

CABLE PLANT header blocks are wired in the reverse sequence of the CMTS and Protect header blocks (see Figure 8). Use the same connection methods as described in the "Connecting RF Cables to the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch" section.


Note CABLE PLANT slots on the Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch are numbered in reverse sequence from CMTS and PROTECT. Slot number one is on the right. Refer to Figure 8 for header block and cable designations as viewed from the cable side of the header blocks.


Figure 8 Wiring the Cable Plant Cable Headers (CMTS/Protect Headers Shown for Comparison)

Related Documentation

Cisco uBR 3x10 RF Switch Hardware Installation and Cabling Guide

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/cable/rfswitch/ubr3x10/installation/guide/icg.html

Installing the Cisco uBR10-MC5X20S/U Cable Interface Line Card

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/cable/broadband_processing_engines/ubr10_mc5x20s_u_h/quick/start/520u_qsg.html

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco RF Switch

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/cable/rfswitch/ubr3x10/regulatory/compliance/swrcsi03.html

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

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This document is to be used in conjunction with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.