RE: Worst design decisions?

The scissor-jack you are referring to that comes with the 12016 also doubles
as an excellent coffee table in our office...


I'm stuck as a consultant type administrator. And as it's my lot in life,
nine out of ten small to medium size companies have been making do with a
dsl line, and some bit or bob of Linksys routing equipment. Time passed
and they outgrew that they threw on another 8 port swtich, and another,
and another.

Linksys: if you're reading this, find some way to make your low-end
equipment fit into a rack, otherwise you'll find my clients throwing away
your product in favor of something that conforms to standards (and racks).
It was excusable until your 4 port gig-E switch, now it's criminal, and
quite honestly unacceptable.

Andrew D Kirch

Casassa, Nathan wrote:

The scissor-jack you are referring to that comes with the 12016 also doubles
as an excellent coffee table in our office...


From: Shawn Solomon [] Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 9:44 PM
To: Matt;
Subject: RE: Worst design decisions?

The 12016 does have handles on the sides, but the documentation states not
to use them for lifting purposes. Yeah, I laughed too, just before
realizing that bear-hugging a 16 into position takes a bit of motivation.

It is definitely one big hunk of iron (300+lbs on the shipping invoice), but
I just couldn't understand why in the @%$$ useful handles weren't provided.
On a side note, the scissor-jacks that came with them could lift a house.

Products, Solutions, and Services - Cisco
Warning Do not attempt to lift the chassis with the handles on the back and
sides of the chassis. These handles are not designed to support the weight
of the chassis, and should be used only to steady and guide the chassis
while it is being inserted into or removed from an equipment rack. To reduce
the risk of damage to the chassis and serious bodily injury, do not use
these handles to lift or support the chassis.


From: Matt [] Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 5:43 PM
Subject: Worst design decisions?

Hello all,

Was doing some upgrades on a UBR7246 (to a VXR), and I got to thinking about short sighted design considerations. I was curious if any of you had some pet peeves from a design perspective to rant about. I'll start

with a couple.

1) Why did Cisco design the I/O controller on the 7246 with screws in the corner, which are very difficult to get at? And worse than that, why did they not include a cheap handle on the blank in this slot?

2) Why did Cisco not include side handles on the 12000 chassis? It's a heavy chassis, and I can imagine how many techs have thrown out their back moving that chassis around.

I've got a couple others in my head from 3Com and a couple of others, but I thought I'd get the ball rolling. So, what do you think?

The one I was ranting about was a 12008, but I digress.