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Connecting Network Cables

Updated on November 11, 2014

Connect Fiber Optic Cables

Connect Fiber Optic Cables

Use the SC to LC cable to connect the server to the switch using a fiber optic connection.

  • SC cables have two square connectors that you push in to connect: one for transmit (Tx) and one for receive (Rx).
  • An LC connector has both connectors linked together such that the connector can only be inserted one way.

When connecting the cable to the server:

  • Connect the transmit port on the switch to the receive port on the server; connect the receive port on the switch to the transmit port on the server.
  • The switch transmits from the port on the left. When the cable is connected, the connector with the white sleeve is on the left (this is the B connector in the LC connector). Connect the B connector on the other end to the Rx port on the server.
  • The switch receives from the port on the right. When the cable is connected, the connector with the yellow sleeve is on the right (this is the A connector in the LC connector). Connect the A connector on the other end to the Tx port on the server.

Complete the following steps:

  1. In the Networking Closet, examine the ports on the switch to identify the fiber optic port types.
  2. Switch to the back view of the rack, and examine the ports on the new server (i.e., bottom server).
  3. On the Shelf, expand the Cables category.
  4. Select the SC to LC cable.
  5. In the Selected Component window, drag the SC B connector (black) to the Rx port on the server.
  6. In the Selected Component window, drag the SC A connector (red or orange) to the Tx port on the server.
  7. Switch to the front view of the rack.
  8. To connect the server and the switch, drag the LC connector to one of the fiber optic ports on the switch (the ports on the far right).

Connect Patch Panel Cables

  • In the Networking Closet, connect an Ethernet twisted pair cable to the IT Adm port on the patch panel and port 5 on the switch.
  • In the IT Administration office:
    • Connect an Ethernet twisted pair cable to the Ethernet port on the workstation and the Ethernet port on the wall outlet.
    • Configure the workstation to obtain IP and DNS addresses automatically from the server on the network.

Complete the following steps:

  1. In the Networking Closet, expand the Cables category in the Shelf.
  2. Select the Ethernet twisted pair cable.
  3. In the Selected Component window, drag the connector to the IT Adm port on the patch panel
  4. In the Selected Component window, drag the other connector to port 5 on the switch (top row, third column from the left).
  5. In the IT Administration office, switch to the back view of the computer.
  6. Expand the Cables category in the Shelf, and select the Ethernet twisted pair cable.
  7. In the Selected Component window, select a cable end. Drag and drop the connector to the Ethernet port on the computer.
  8. In the Selected Component window, drag the other connector to the Ethernet port on the wall outlet.
  9. To configure the workstation to obtain IP and DNS addresses automatically from the server on the network, click the Windows icon on the monitor's screen.
  10. In the Task Bar, click the network icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center. (The Network and Sharing Center diagram should indicate a bad connection to the Internet.)
  11. Click the Local Area Connection link.
  12. Click the Properties button.
  13. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  14. Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Click OK.
  15. Click Close.
  16. Click Close.
  17. To confirm the connection to the network and the Internet for the workstation, view the diagram in the Network and Sharing center. The Network and Sharing Center diagram should now indicate an active connection to the local network and the Internet.

Connect More Patch Panel Cables

Complete the following steps:

  1. In the Networking Closet, expand the Cables category in the Shelf.
  2. Select the Ethernet twisted pair cable.
  3. In the Selected Component window, drag the connector to the Exec 1 port on the patch panel
  4. In the Selected Component window, drag the other connector to port 1 on the switch (top row, first column on the left).
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for the remaining locations.

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