Macbook pro – Connecting to Cisco consoles
Posted October 5, 2007on:
I have a macbook pro and sometimes I need to connect to the console port on some of the cisco networks I do work on.
Today I went out and bought a USB to Serial converter from maplin, the driver disk that comes with the product is one of the small CDs which would get stuck in the drive and the link from the maplin website for drivers is for very old versions of mac os 8/9. Quick search on google lead to prolifics website which manufactures the usb to serial chipset. (mac os x driver download here)
So once thats all installed and the laptop has been rebooted, its time to test it all out and start connecting to routers, problem is what program should you use?
I chose to use a less know command using screen which is installed and included by default on OS X which makes it very handy to use.
screen /dev/tty.usbserial 9600
Screen provides your normal clean terminal interface inside a new process shell.