Cisco ONS 15454 User Documentation, Release 2.2.x
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Table Of Contents

About This Manual



Related Documentation


Obtaining Documentation

World Wide Web

Optical Networking Product Documentation CD-ROM

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance Center

About This Manual

This section explains who should read the Cisco ONS 15454 User Documentation Release 2.2.1, how it is organized, related documentation, and document conventions.


This guide is for Cisco ONS 15454 installation technicians and administrators who are responsible for configuring, maintaining, and enhancing ONS 15454 networks.



Chapter 1


Provides installation procedures for all ONS 15454 hardware components

Chapter 2

Card Reference

Describes all ONS 15454 cards, including their features, protection methods, and specifications

Chapter 3

Using the Cisco Transport Controller

Explains how to set up the ONS 15454 software

Chapter 4

Configuring Networks

Contains procedures for configuring ONS 15454 rings and circuits

Chapter 5

Provisioning Cards

Explains how to use the CTC to configure ONS 15454 electrical cards, optical cards, and the Alarm Interface Controller card

Chapter 6


Provides a description of dense wavelength division multiplexing and explains how the ONS 15454 uses DWDM to increase bandwidth

Chapter 7

Ethernet Applications

Describes how to use the Ethernet features of the ONS 15454

Chapter 8

Network Management

Explains the different protocols used to manage ONS 15454 networks

Chapter 9

CTC Alarms

Lists the alarms generated by the ONS 15454 that can be viewed using the CTC

Chapter 10


Describes miscellaneous operations that the ONS 15454 requires after installation

Chapter 11

TL1 Reference

Lists TL1 alarms, commands, and autonomous messages supported by the Cisco ONS 15454

Appendix A

Regulatory and Compliance Requirements

Lists customer, industry, and government requirements met by the Cisco ONS 15454

Appendix B


Defines commonly-used terms

Appendix C


Defines commonly-used acronyms

Related Documentation

Cisco ONS 15454 Release 2.2.1 Release Notes

Cisco ONS 15454 Product Overview

Cisco Warranty Services for ONG Products

Cisco ONS 15454 Quick Configuration Guide

Cisco ONS 15454 Quick Installation Guide

Related products:

Installing the Cisco ONS 15516 DWDM Filters


The following conventions are used throughout this publication:

Note   Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or useful background information.

Caution   Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

Warning   Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in harm to yourself or others.

Tips Means the information might help you solve a problem.




Replaces all instances of Bellcore, the former name of Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Cisco Transport Controller (CTC)

Replaces all instances of Cerent Management System (CMS)


Denotes icons, buttons, or tabs that the user must select


Field where the user enters a value


Used to separate consecutive actions; for example, "click the Maintenance>Protection>Ring tabs"


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

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