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Does a 9404 catalyst chassis NEED to be grounded ?



I have installed a 9404 switch and cant see in the documentation that earthing the switch is a MUST. We need to know if grounding the switch is absolutely required as we are migrating our distribution to this switch this week. 


Please advise as soon as you can.


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Kasun Bandara
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Its not must. device will work even without that. but it is extremely recommended to do so. that will protect internal components of switch.

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Joseph W. Doherty
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Well, if you don't, when you touch the device, it's then more likely for you to become the conduit to ground.  So, that's one reason, as @Kasun Bandara notes, it's extremely recommended (even though it's unlikely).

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yes always suggested to do - if not you see different outcome and also failures of modules and other components.



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Leo Laohoo
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Those line cards are pretty expensive. 
It is too bad if the chassis was not grounded and fries the line card due to static discharge.  

Thank You all. I have managed to push our onsite electricians to get it done today. The reason i asked was to build a justification as to why I needed it done earlier that the date they have me.

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