Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Installation and Operations Guide, Release 3.4
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Related Documentation
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This section explains who should read the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Installation and Operations Guide, how the document is organized, related documentation, document conventions, how to order print and CD-ROM documentation, and how to obtain technical assistance.


This guide is for Cisco ONS 15454 SDH administrators who are responsible for hardware installation, software installation, node setup, and node and network configuration. For troubleshooting, maintenance, and card detail reference information, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide.


Chapter Number and Title  Description 

"Hardware Installation"

Provides rack installation and power instructions for the ONS 15454 SDH, including component installation such as cards, cables, electrical interface assemblies (EIAs), and Gigabit Interface Converters (GBICs).

"Set Up PC and Log Into CTC"

Explains how to install the ONS 15454 SDH software application and use its graphical user interface (GUI).

"Node Setup"

Explains how to provision a node, including setting up timing, protection, and security and storing general node and network information.

"IP Networking"

Explains how to set up ONS 15454 SDHs in IP networks and provides scenarios that show nodes in common IP configurations. Also explains how to create static routes and use the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol.

"SDH Topologies"

Provides instructions for configuring SNCPs, MS-SPRings, subtending rings, linear 1+1 ADM protection, extended SNCP mesh networks, and DCC tunnels.

"Circuits and Tunnels"

Describes how to create standard VC high-order path circuits and VC low-order path tunnels as well as multiple drop circuits, and how to monitor circuits. The chapter also explains how to edit SNCP circuits and create path traces to monitor traffic.

"Card Provisioning"

Provides procedures for changing the default transmission parameters for ONS 15454 SDH electrical and optical cards. The chapter also includes enabling optical cards for SDH.

"SDH Performance Monitoring"

Provides performance monitoring thresholds for ONS 15454 SDH electrical and optical cards.

"Ethernet Operation"

Explains how to use the Ethernet features of the ONS 15454 SDH, including transporting Ethernet traffic over SDH, creating and provisioning VLANs, protecting Ethernet traffic, provisioning Multicard and Single-card EtherSwitch, provisioning several types of Ethernet circuits, viewing Ethernet performance data, and creating Ethernet remote monitoring (RMON) alarm thresholds.

"Alarm Monitoring and Management"

Explains how to view and manage alarms with CTC, which includes viewing current and historical alarm data, creating alarm profiles, and suppressing alarms. To find procedures for clearing CTC alarms, refer to the "Alarm Troubleshooting" chapter in the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide.


Explains how Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is used with the ONS 15454 SDH.

Appendix A "Circuit Routing"

Explains automated and manual circuit routing in detail.

Appendix B "Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information"

Provides customer, industry, and government requirements met by the ONS 15454 SDH. Installation warnings are also included.


Defines commonly used terms.

Related Documentation

The following documentation can be used in conjunction with this manual:

  • Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide, Release 3.4
  • Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Product Overview, Release 3.4
  • Release Notes for the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH, Release 3.4
  • Cisco Warranty Services for ONG Products
  • Installing the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Conducted Emissions Kit (Required for EMEA compliance only)


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Convention Definition

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Precedes all procedures; a horizontal line indicates the end of each procedure.

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