PA-FE 100BaseT Fast Ethernet Port Adapter Installation and Configuration
Removing and Installing the PA-FE
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Removing and Installing Port Adapters

Table Of Contents

Removing and Installing Port Adapters

Handling Port Adapters

Online Insertion and Removal

Warnings and Cautions

Port Adapter Removal and Installation

Catalyst 5000 Family Switches with RSM/VIP2—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7100 Series Routers—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7200 Series Routers and Cisco 7200 VXR Routers—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers—Removing a Port Adapter

Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers—Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7301 Router—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7401ASR Router—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7000 Series Routers and Cisco 7500 Series Routers with VIP—Removing and Installing a Single-Width Port Adapter

Connecting PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter Interface Cables

PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter RJ-45 and MII Connections

Attaching PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter Interface Cables


Removing and Installing Port Adapters


This chapter describes how to remove the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX port adapters from supported platforms and also how to install a new or replacement port adapter. This chapter contains the following sections:

Handling Port Adapters

Online Insertion and Removal

Warnings and Cautions

Port Adapter Removal and Installation

Connecting PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter Interface Cables

Each port adapter circuit board is mounted to a metal carrier and is sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage. Before you begin installation, read Chapter 2, "Preparing for Installation," for a list of parts and tools required for installation.


Note When a slot is not in use, a blank must fill the empty slot to allow the router or switch to conform to electromagnetic interference (EMI) emissions requirements and to allow proper airflow across the installed port adapters. If you plan to install a new port adapter in a slot that is not in use, you must first remove the blank.



Caution When powering off the router, wait a minimum of 30 seconds before powering it on again.

Handling Port Adapters


Caution Always handle the port adapter by the carrier edges and handle; never touch the port adapter components or connector pins. (See Figure 3-1.)

Figure 3-1 Handling a Port Adapter

Online Insertion and Removal

The Cisco 7100 series routers, Cisco 7200 series routers, Cisco 7200 VXR routers, Cisco uBR7246 router, Cisco 7301 routers, and the Cisco 7401ASR routers support the OIR of all module types. Therefore, you do not have to power down routers when removing and replacing modules in these chassis.

Regarding the Catalyst 5000 family switches, Cisco 7000 series routers, and Cisco 7500 series routers, the VIP does not support OIR of individual port adapters. To remove or install port adapters on a Catalyst RSM/VIP2, VIP, or Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card you must first remove the Catalyst RSM/VIP2, VIP, or the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card from the router and then remove or install the port adapter as required.


Caution To prevent system problems, do not remove modules from a Catalyst RSM/VIP2, VIP, or the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card, and do not attempt to install other modules on the Catalyst RSM/VIP2, VIP, or Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card when the system is operating. To install or replace modules, first remove the Catalyst RSM/VIP2, VIP, or Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card from the router.


Note As you disengage the module from the router or switch, online insertion and removal (OIR) administratively shuts down all active interfaces in the module.


Warnings and Cautions

Observe the following warnings and cautions when installing or removing modules:

Do not slide a module all the way into the slot until you have connected all required cables. Trying to do so disrupts normal operation of the router or switch.

If a module lever or other retaining mechanism does not move to the locked position, the module is not completely seated in the midplane. Carefully pull the module halfway out of the slot, reinsert it, and move the module lever or other mechanism to the locked position.

To prevent jamming the carrier between the upper and the lower edges of the module slot, and to ensure that the edge connector at the rear of the module mates with the connection at the rear of the module slot, make certain that the carrier is positioned correctly, as shown in the cutaway in the following illustrations.


Caution When performing the following procedures, wear a grounding wrist strap to avoid ESD damage to the card. Some platforms have an ESD connector for attaching the wrist strap.


Warning Hazardous voltage or energy is present on the backplane when the system is operating. Use caution when servicing. Statement 1034


Port Adapter Removal and Installation

In this section there are step-by-step instructions on how to remove and install port adapters. Although the procedures may refer to a particular type of port adapter, the steps are the same for installing and removing all types of port adapters.

Catalyst 5000 Family Switches with RSM/VIP2—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7100 Series Routers—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7200 Series Routers and Cisco 7200 VXR Routers—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers—Removing a Port Adapter

Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers—Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7301 Router—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7401ASR Router—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7000 Series Routers and Cisco 7500 Series Routers with VIP—Removing and Installing a Single-Width Port Adapter

Catalyst 5000 Family Switches with RSM/VIP2—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7100 Series Routers—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7200 Series Routers and Cisco 7200 VXR Routers—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers—Removing a Port Adapter

Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers—Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7301 Router—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

You can install one single-width port adapter in a Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card. This section provides step-by-step instructions for removing and installing a port adapter in a Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card.


Caution When performing the following procedures, wear a grounding wrist strap to avoid ESD damage to the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card. Some platforms have an ESD connector for attaching the wrist strap.


Warning Hazardous voltage or energy is present on the backplane when the system is operating. Use caution when servicing. Statement 1034


To remove and install a port adapter in a Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card, refer to Figure 3-2 and do the following:


Step 1 If the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card is still in the router, you must remove the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card before removing a port adapter.

Step 2 To remove the port adapter from the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card, turn the port adapter lock from its locked and horizontal position shown in A of Figure 3-2 to its unlocked and vertical position shown in B of Figure 3-2.

Step 3 Grasp the handle of the port adapter and pull the port adapter from the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card. (You have already disconnected the cables from the port adapter when removing the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card).

Step 4 To insert the port adapter in the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card, locate the guide rails inside the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card that hold the port adapter in place. They are at the top left and top right of the port adapter slot and are recessed about an inch, as shown in C of Figure 3-2.

Step 5 Carefully slide the port adapter in theCisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card until the port adapter makes contact with the port adapter interface connector. When fully seated, the port adapter front panel should be flush with the face of the Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card.

Step 6 After the port adapter is properly seated, turn the port adapter lock to its locked and horizontal position, as shown in A of Figure 3-2.


Figure 3-2 illustrates how to remove and install a port adapter in a Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card.

Figure 3-2 Cisco 7304 PCI Port Adapter Carrier Card—Port Adapter Removal and Installation

Cisco 7401ASR Router—Removing and Installing a Port Adapter

Cisco 7000 Series Routers and Cisco 7500 Series Routers with VIP—Removing and Installing a Single-Width Port Adapter

Connecting PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter Interface Cables

To continue your PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX port adapter installation, you must install the interface cables. The following instructions apply to all supported platforms.

PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter RJ-45 and MII Connections

On a single PA-FE, you can use either the RJ-45 (or SC for PA-FE-FX) connection or the MII connection. (RJ-45, SC, and MII cables are not available from Cisco Systems; they are available from outside commercial cable vendors.) If you have two PA-FE port adapters on your VIP or Catalyst RSM/VIP2, you can use the RJ-45 (or SC for PA-FE-FX) connection on one port adapter and the MII connection on the other port adapter.


Caution Before you attach your MII transceiver to the MII receptacle on your PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX port adapter, ensure that your MII transceiver responds to physical sublayer (PHY) address 0 per section 22.2.4.4. "PHY Address" of the IEEE 802.3u specification; otherwise, interface problems might result. Confirm that this capability is available on your MII transceiver with the transceiver vendor or in the transceiver documentation. If a selection for isolation mode is available, we recommend you use this setting (if PHY addressing is not mentioned).

Attaching PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX Port Adapter Interface Cables

Use the following procedure to connect RJ-45 (or SC for PA-FE-FX) and MII cables:


Step 1 If you have MII connections, attach an MII cable directly to the MII receptacle on the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX or attach a 100BASE--T transceiver, with the media appropriate to your application, to the MII receptacle on the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX. (See Figure 3-3 for the PA-FE-TX and Figure 3-4 for the PA-FE-FX.)

If you have RJ-45 connections, attach the Category 5 UTP cable directly to the RJ-45 port on the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX. (See Figure 3-3 for PA-FE-TX and Figure 3-4 for PA-FE-FX.) The PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX is an end station device and not a repeater. You must connect the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX to a repeater or hub.

If you have an SC connection (PA-FE-FX), attach the cable directly to the SC port on the PA-FE-FX. (See Figure 3-4.) Use either one duplex SC connector or two simplex SC connectors, and observe the correct relationship between the receive (RX) and transmit (TX) ports on the PA-FE-FX and your repeater.


Note Each PA-FE-FX or PA-FE-TX can have either an MII attachment or an RJ-45 (or SC) attachment, but not both simultaneously. The MII and RJ-45 (or SC) receptacles represent two physical connection options for one Fast Ethernet interface.


Figure 3-3 Connecting PA-FE-TX MII or RJ-45 Cables—Horizontal Orientation Shown Without Handles

Figure 3-4 Connecting PA-FE-FX MII or SC Cables—Horizontal Orientation Shown Without Handles


Warning Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments. Statement 1051


Step 2 For the PA-FE-TX, attach the ferrite bead to the RJ-45 cable (at either end), as shown in Figure 3-5.


Caution The ferrite bead prevents electromagnetic interference (EMI) from affecting the PA-FE-TX-equipped system and is a required component for proper system operation.

Figure 3-5 Attaching the Ferrite Bead around the RJ-45 Cable


Caution To prevent problems on your PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX and network, do not simultaneously connect RJ-45 (or SC) and MII cables to one PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX. On a single PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX, only one network connection can be used at one time. Only connect cables that comply with EIA/TIA-568 standards.

Step 3 Attach the network end of your RJ-45 (or SC) or MII cable to your 100BASE-T transceiver, switch, hub, repeater, DTE, or other external 100BASE-T equipment.


Note After your MII transceiver is connected and the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX interface is configured as up, you can verify that your MII transceiver responds to physical sublayer (PHY) address 0 by disconnecting the transceiver from the MII receptacle; if the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX interface goes down, then your MII transceiver responds to PHY address 0.



This completes the PA-FE-TX and PA-FE-FX port adapter cable installation.