Mounting, Power, Basic Connections

Servers mount in standard 19-inch racks. Follow your rack manufacturer’s mounting instructions for safe and stable mounting. If the server power supply has a 110/240 switch, make sure to set it to the proper voltage 120/240VAC, 50/60 Hz.

Plan for your rack space and cooling requirements by creating a table similar to the one shown above. List your servers, set top boxes, and related equipment. If possible, include a PC or laptop dedicated for use with the MIP servers.

Access and peripherals

  • It is recommended to attach a dedicated display, keyboard, and mouse so that during urgent service there is no delay in logging into the server.

  • Attach LAN and video cables as needed per application.

Power Distribution

Servers should preferably be on dedicated circuits so that if one trips, it will not affect more than one power supply module per server.

MIP systems should be connected to a UPS or a similar high availability power supply.

Total Power

Add the power requirements of all other onsite equipment to obtain total system power consumption.


Ensure your HVAC has sufficient cooling capacity to handle the total power (Watts) of heat dissipated by the servers, as well as your other onsite equipment.

STB Shelves

If you use Set Top Boxes (STBs), Volicon, a division of Verizon Digital Media Services recommends mounting these in 19 inch racks (482.6 mm) for solid installation. Locate the shelves close to the respective Probe server to reduce cable lengths. As an example see the STB shelf shown below. It fits in a 19 inch 2U high rack.

Figure: Set Top Box Mounting Shelf

Figure: Set Top Box Mounting Shelf

Typical Rack Layout with Set Top Boxes

This section describes rack layout and interconnections scenarios. Typical deployment will have a Central Server; one or more Probe Servers w/capture cards, and optionally, set top boxes. Small installation configurations may be able to combine the Central Server and Probe functionality on a single hardware server.

Figure: Typical MIP Equipment Rack

Figure: Typical MIP Equipment Rack