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Junos® OS For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Michael Bushong, Cathy Gadecki, Walter Goralski

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Setting Up the Switch

Before you can configure the EX switch for VLANs and other features, you have to physically set it up. This process can be simple or involved, depending on the size of the switch.

Juniper switches ship in individual shipping crates. All EX switches except the EX 8200 devices come in cardboard boxes. The EX 8200 device comes on a wooden pallet. The series includes the EX 2200, EX 2500, EX 3200, EX 4200, EX 4500, and the super-sized EX 8200.

Unlike some of the larger Juniper routers, you can unpack and install these switches (except the EX 8200) without forklifts or other mechanical aids.

The EX 8200 models are much larger — the smaller one is about 24 inches high and about 250 pounds, and the larger model is about 38 inches high and about 400 pounds — so to install these switches, you'll need mechanical moving and lifting equipment and a team of three people.

Racking the switch

You can install EX series switches in a rack or cabinet, or even on a desk or table if you have the smaller models. If you're mounting the switches in a rack or cabinet, screw the mounting brackets onto the sides of the switch and then install the switch in the rack or cabinet. If you plan to set the switch on a desk or table, insert the rubber feet into the holes in the bottom of the switch to keep the chassis from sliding on the desk and aid airflow around the device.

You can install the larger EX 8200 only in a rack or cabinet. Attach the mounting brackets and use a mechanical lift ...

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