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Environmental Guidelines

General environmental and installation guidelines

The BIG-IQ® 7000 platform is an industrial network appliance that is designed to be mounted in a standard 19-inch EIA rack. Follow these guidelines to adhere to safety precautions:

  • Install the rack according to the manufacturer's instructions and check the rack for stability before placing equipment in it.
  • Build and position the rack so that after you install the platform, the power supply and the vents on both the front and back of the unit remain unobstructed. The platform must have adequate ventilation around the unit at all times.
  • Although not required, a 1U space between units makes it easier for you to remove the unit from the rack in the event that the unit requires service. A 1U space between units also provides additional cable routing options.
  • Leaving at least 100 mm of space from the front panel of the unit to the rack front or rack door provides enough room for you to route the cables without excessive bending or insulation damage.
  • A shelf or similar device is required to support the unit if only one person is installing the unit.
  • Do not allow the air temperature in the room to exceed 104°F (40°C).
  • Do not plug the unit into a branch circuit shared by more electronic equipment than the circuit is designed to manage safely at one time.
Warning: Due to the weight of the platform, at least two people are required to install this chassis into a rack. Failing to use two people can result in severe personal injury or equipment damage.
Important: This product is sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). F5® Networks recommends that you use proper ESD grounding procedures and equipment when you install or maintain the unit.
Customers should not attempt to replace batteries. There is a risk of explosion if a battery is replaced with an incorrect type. Field technicians should dispose of used batteries according to the instructions.
Attention: Il y a risque d'explosion si la batterie est remplacée par une batterie de type incorrect. Mettre au rebut les batteries usagées conformément aux instructions.

Earth guidelines

Service guidelines

Battery guidelines

Guidelines for AC-powered equipment

An AC-powered installation must meet these requirements:

  • Use a 15 amp external branch circuit protection device to install the unit.
  • Use one power feed for each individual power supply.
Important: The platform must be installed in a RESTRICTED ACCESS LOCATION, such as a central office or customer premises environment.
Note: The power cables included with this unit are for exclusive use with this unit and should not be used with other electrical appliances.
Note: These guidelines apply to STATIONARY PLUGGABLE EQUIPMENT TYPE A with simultaneous multiple connections to the AC MAINS SUPPLY:
  • The building installation shall provide a means for connection to protective earth; and
  • The equipment is to be connected to that means; and
  • A SERVICE PERSON shall check whether or not the socket-outlet from which the equipment is to be powered provides a connection to the building protective earth. If not, the SERVICE PERSON shall arrange for the installation of a PROTECTIVE EARTHING CONDUCTOR from the separate protective earthing terminal to the protective earth wire in the building.
Note: High leakage current. Earth connection essential before connecting supply.

Guidelines for DC-powered equipment

A DC-powered installation must meet these requirements:

  • Use a 15 amp external branch circuit protection device to install the unit.
  • For permanently connected equipment, incorporate a readily accessible disconnect in the fixed wiring.
  • Use only copper conductors.
  • Cabling for the system must be grounded on both sides.
  • Use one power feed for each individual power supply.
DC guidelines

Platform airflow diagram

When you install the platform into a rack, it is important to understand the unit's airflow direction so that you can ensure proper cooling.

The platform employs a negative pressure fan system, which draws cold air in from the front of the chassis.

Platform airflow

Airflow in the BIG-IQ® 7000 Series platform

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