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Introducing the WANJet 500 Platform
Overview of the WANJet 500 platform
F5® Networks WANJet® 500 platform is an appliance that delivers LAN-like application performance over the WAN. The WANJet 500 accelerates applications including file transfer, email, client-server applications, data replication, and others, resulting in predictable, fast performance for all WAN users.
The WANJet 500 platform features fault tolerance and scalability for over 20,000 optimized connections. You can incorporate the WANJet 500 seamlessly across all wide-area networks including dedicated links, IP VPNs, frame relay, and satellite connections. The WANJet 500 platform is Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant, and meets RoHS guidelines regarding lead-free electronic equipment.
For detailed hardware specifications on the WANJet 500, see WANJet 500 platform specifications .
The WANJet 500 delivers excellent application performance and reduces IT expenses. Operating at Layer 5 of the OSI reference model, the WANJet 500 has full application knowledge and network awareness. The WANJet appliance integrates key performance technologies, including Transparent Data Reduction™, adaptive TCP optimization, site-to-site encryption, and quality of service, that are applied to application streams.
Figure 1.1 shows the WANJet 500 platform. For details on configuring and maintaining the WANJet 500, see the WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide.
Getting started with the WANJet 500 platform
You must complete the following basic tasks to install and set up the WANJet 500 platform.
- Acquaint yourself with the WANJet 500 hardware. For more information, see Familiarizing yourself with the WANJet 500 .
- Review the hardware requirements. For more information about the hardware requirements, read the following sections, Components provided with the WANJet 500 , following, and Peripheral hardware that you provide .
- Install the WANJet 500 hardware and connect it to the network, and optionally connect the peripheral hardware. For more information on mounting the hardware and attaching cables, see Installing the hardware .
- Understand the environmental guidelines. For more information, see Chapter 5, Understanding Environmental Guidelines for the WANJet 500 Platform .
The WANJet 500 comes with the hardware that you need for installation. However, you must also provide standard peripheral hardware, such as a serial terminal, if you want to administer the WANJet 500 directly.
Components provided with the WANJet 500
When you unpack the WANJet 500, you should make sure that the following components, shown in Figure 1.2 , are included:
The power cables included with this unit are for exclusive use with this unit and should not be used with other electrical appliances. The unit handles may look different from those shown in the figure.
Peripheral hardware that you provide
For each WANJet 500 that you install, the peripheral hardware you provide is determined by the configuration you want to create:
- If you want direct administrative access to the WANJet 500, you need standard input/output hardware. This requires a serial console or a PC with a serial connector. (You connect it to the WANJet 500 using the serial port console cable that comes with the WANJet appliance.)
- You also need network hubs, switches, or concentrators to connect to the WANJet 500 network interfaces. The devices you select must be compatible with the network interface cards installed in the WANJet 500. The devices must support 10/100 Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet.
- If you want to use the Management port, you must have an administrative workstation on the same IP network as the WANJet 500.
- If you plan on doing remote administration from your own PC workstation (instead of using the Management port), we recommend that you have your workstation already in place on the corporate network.
Familiarizing yourself with the WANJet 500
Before you begin to install the WANJet 500, quickly review the following figures that identify the controls and ports on the front and the back of the WANJet 500.
Using the WANJet 500 hardware
You need to be familiar with both the front and back panels of the WANJet 500. Figure 1.3 illustrates the front of a WANJet 500. On the front of the unit, you can connect a console, connect a USB keyboard, and view the indicator lights for hard disk access.
1. USB port
2. Console port
3. LCD display
4. LCD keypad
5. LED status indicators
6. Management port
7. Peer port
8. WAN 1 port
9. LAN 1 port
10. Hard drive 1
11. Hard drive 2 (optional)
If you have physical access to the unit, you can use the front-panel LEDs to assess the condition of the unit. For details about the behavior of the LEDs, see Understanding LED behavior .
Figure 1.4 illustrates the back of a WANJet 500.
1. Failover port (not used)
3. Power supply alarm mute switch
4. Power switch
5. Power supply 1
6. Power supply 2
Note that the failover port, labeled 1 in the figure, is not used. You may use the Peer port on the front to set up a redundant system for the WANJet platform. Refer to the WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide for details on how to set up WANJet platforms in a redundant system.
About this guide
This guide describes the features of the WANJet 500 platform and contains the following information.
- Getting familiar with the WANJet platform
Learn about the parts of the WANJet platform. For more information, see Familiarizing yourself with the WANJet 500 .
- Installing the platform
Learn how to install the hardware in a rack, power it up, perform minimal configuration tasks, and connect the network cables. For more information, see Chapter 2, Installing the WANJet 500 Platform .
- Using the LCD keypad
Learn about using the LCD to configure addresses, shut down and restart the WANJet platform, and perform other basic tasks. For more information, see Operating the LCD panel .
- Understanding LED behavior
Learn how to decipher what conditions are signaled by the LEDs. For more information, see Understanding LED behavior .
- Changing a power supply
Learn how to replace a power supply. For more information, see Changing a power supply .
- Replacing the hard drives
Learn how to replace the hot-swappable drives that may be contained in each of the drive bays. For more information, see Replacing a hard drive .
- Understanding the environmental guidelines
Learn about the environmental requirements for the WANJet 500 platform. For more information, see Chapter 5, Understanding Environmental Guidelines for the WANJet 500 Platform .
- Reviewing the hardware specifications
Review the hardware specifications for the WANJet 500 platform. For more information, see Chapter 6, Reviewing Hardware Specifications .
- Installing a rail-mount kit
Learn how to install a rail-mount kit into a rack so the installed WANJet 500 can slide in and out of the rack. For more information, see Appendix A, Installing the WANJet Appliance Using the Rail-Mount Kit .
Finding additional information and technical support
In addition to this guide, there are other sources of documentation you can use in order to work with the WANJet platform. The information is available in the guides and documents described below. The following documentation is included with the WANJet platform.
In addition to the documentation included with the platform, you can find comprehensive technical documentation using the following resources.
- WANJet Appliance Administrator Guide
The WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide provides all the information the administrator needs to configure and manage the WANJet appliance. It introduces the concepts of optimization, Transparent Data Reduction (TDR), Application QoS, Type of Service, and Connection Interception (CI).
- Release notes
Release notes for the WANJet appliance are available in HTML format on the F5 Networks Technical Support web site, http://tech.f5.com. The release notes contain the latest information for the current version, including a list of new features and enhancements, a list of fixes, and a list of known issues.
- Technical support through the World Wide Web
The F5 Networks Technical Support web site, http://tech.f5.com, provides the latest release notes, technical notes, answers to frequently asked questions, updates to the guides (if available), and the AskF5SM search engine.
To help you easily identify and understand important information, our documentation uses the stylistic conventions described below.
Using the solution examples
Examples in this documentation use only private class IP addresses. When you set up the solutions we describe, you must use valid IP addresses suitable to your own network in place of our sample addresses.
Identifying new terms
When we first define a new term, the term is shown in bold italic text. For example, the Web UI is the browser-based utility for administering the WANJet appliance.
Identifying references to objects, names, and commands
We apply bold formatting to a variety of items to help you easily pick them out of a block of text. These items include web addresses, IP addresses, utility names, and portions of commands, such as variables and keywords. For example, to discover devices requires that you include at least one <ip_address> or an <ip_subnet> variable.
Identifying references to other documents
We use italic text to denote a reference to another document. In references where we provide the name of a book as well as a specific chapter or section in the book, we show the book name in bold, italic text, and the chapter/section name in italic text to help quickly differentiate the two. For example, you can find information about setting up optimization policies in the Advanced Configuration chapter of the WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide.
Identifying command syntax
We show complete commands in bold Courier text. Note that we do not include the corresponding screen prompt, unless the command is shown in a figure that depicts an entire command line screen. For example, the following command shows how to trace the route of IP packets from the WANJet command line interface:
Table 1.1 explains additional special conventions used in command line syntax.