Catalyst 3550 Multilayer Switch Hardware Installation Guide, October 2004
DC Power Connections
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DC Power Connections

Table Of Contents

DC Power Connections

Connecting to DC Power

Preparing for Installation

Grounding the Switch

Wiring the DC-Input Power Source


DC Power Connections


This appendix describes how to make DC power connections to the Catalyst 3550-24-DC switch. See the "Installing the Switch" section for instructions on installing the switch.

Connecting to DC Power

To connect the Catalyst 3550-24-DC switch to a DC-input power source, follow the steps in these sections:

Preparing for Installation

Grounding the Switch

Wiring the DC-Input Power Source


Warning The Catalyst 3550-24-DC contains no field-replaceable units (FRUs). Do not open the chassis or attempt to remove or replace any components. For information about obtaining service for this unit, contact your reseller or Cisco sales representative. Statement 121B



Warning This unit is intended for installation in restricted access areas. A restricted access area can be accessed only through the use of a special tool, lock and key, or other means of security. Statement 1017



Warning Ethernet cables must be shielded when used in a central office environment. Statement 171


Preparing for Installation

Locate the ground lug and the two number-10-32 screws on the switch rear panel and the DC terminal block plug in the DC-switch accessory kit.

Obtain these necessary tools and equipment:

Ratcheting torque screwdriver with a Phillips head that exerts up to 15 pound-force inches (lbf-in.) or 240 ounce-force inches (ozf-in.) of pressure

Panduit crimping tool with optional controlled cycle mechanism (model CT-700, CT-720, CT-920, CT-920CH, CT-930, or CT-940CH)

6-gauge copper ground wire (insulated or noninsulated)

Four leads of 18-gauge copper wire

Wire-stripping tools for stripping 6- and 18-gauge wires

Grounding the Switch


Warning This equipment is intended to be grounded. Ensure that the host is connected to earth ground during normal use. Statement 39



Caution To make sure that the equipment is reliably connected to earth ground, follow the grounding procedure instructions, and use a UL-listed lug suitable for number-6 AWG wire and two number-10-32 ground-lug screws.


Warning When installing the unit, always make the ground connection first and disconnect it last. Statement 42


To ground the switch to earth ground, follow these steps. Make sure to follow any grounding requirements at your site.


Step 1 Locate and remove the ground lug and the two number-10-32 ground-lug screws from the rear panel of the switch. (See Figure C-3 for location.) Use a standard Phillips screwdriver or a ratcheting torque screwdriver with a Phillips head. Set the screws and the ground lug aside.

Step 2 If your ground wire is insulated, use a wire stripping tool to strip the 6-gauge ground wire to 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) ± 0.02 inch (0.5 mm), as shown in Figure C-1.

Figure C-1 Stripping the Ground Wire

Step 3 Slide the open end of the ground lug over the exposed area of the 6-gauge wire.

Step 4 Using a Panduit crimping tool, crimp the ground lug to the 6-gauge wire, as shown in Figure C-2.

Figure C-2 Crimping the Ground Lug

Step 5 Use the two number-10-32 screws to attach the ground lug and wire assembly to the switch rear panel RPS connector, as shown in Figure C-3.

Step 6 Using a ratcheting torque screwdriver, torque each ground-lug screw to 15 lbf-in. (240 ozf-in.)

Figure C-3 Torquing Ground-Lug Screws


Wiring the DC-Input Power Source


Warning Only trained and qualified personnel should be allowed to install, replace, or service this equipment. Statement 1030



Warning Before performing any of the following procedures, ensure that power is removed from the DC circuit. Statement 1003



Caution You must connect the Catalyst 3550-24-DC switch only to a DC-input power source that has an input supply voltage from -36 to -72 VDC. If the supply voltage is not in this range, the switch might not operate properly or might be damaged.


Caution The switch must be installed with 5 A-branch-circuit protection.


Note This installation must comply with all applicable codes.


To wire the switch to a DC-input power source, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate and remove the terminal block plug (see Figure C-4).

Figure C-4 Terminal Block Plug

Step 2 Identify the positive and negative feed positions for the terminal block connection. The wiring sequence is positive to positive and negative to negative for both the A and the B feed wires. The switch rear panel identifies the positive and negative positions for both the A and B feed wires, as shown in Figure C-5.

Figure C-5 Positive and Negative Positions on the Switch Rear Panel

Step 3 Using a 18-gauge wire-stripping tool, strip each of the four wires coming from the DC-input power source to 0.27 inch (6.6 mm) ± 0.02 inch (0.5 mm), as shown in Figure C-6. Do not strip more than 0.29 inch (7.4 mm) of insulation from the wire. Stripping more than the recommended amount of wire can leave exposed wire from the terminal block plug after installation.

Figure C-6 Stripping the DC-Input Power Source Wire

Step 4 Insert the exposed wire of one of the four DC-input power source wires into the terminal block plug, as shown in Figure C-7. Make sure that you cannot see any wire lead. Only wire with insulation should extend from the terminal block.


Warning An exposed wire lead from a DC-input power source can conduct harmful levels of electricity. Be sure that no exposed portion of the DC-input power source wire extends from the terminal block plug. Statement 122


Figure C-7 Inserting Wires in the Terminal Block Plug

Step 5 Use a ratcheting torque screwdriver to torque the terminal block captive screw (above the installed wire lead) to 4.5 lbf-in. (72 ozf-in.), as shown in Figure C-8.


Caution Do not overtorque the terminal-block captive screws. The recommended maximum torque is 4.5 lbf-in. (72 ozf-in.)

Figure C-8 Torquing the Terminal-Block Captive Screws

Step 6 Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the remaining three DC-input power source wires. Figure C-9 shows the completed wiring of a terminal block plug.

Figure C-9 Completed Wiring of Terminal Block Plug

Step 7 Insert the terminal block plug in the terminal block header on the switch rear panel, as shown in Figure C-10.


Caution Secure the wires coming in from the terminal block so that they cannot be disturbed by casual contact. For example, use tie wraps to secure the wires to the rack.

Figure C-10 Inserting the Terminal Block in the Block Header

Step 8 Remove the tape from the circuit-breaker switch handle, and move the circuit-breaker handle to the on position.



Caution To comply with the intrabuilding lightning surge requirements, intrabuilding wiring must be shielded, and the shield for the wiring must be grounded at both ends.


Caution The Catalyst 3550-24-DC switch is suitable only for intrabuilding or nonexposed wiring connections.