Obviously nowadays when admining we mostly have laptops – laptops don’t tend to come with serial I/O ports anymore, so you buy a Serial -> USB adapter, say this one or any one with a legit (there are fakes) FDTI FT232RL chipset. Download and install the relevant drivers but where do we go from here? Specifically on mac, find your device’s
cd /dev ls -ltr *usb*
I added a handy little alias to my
.bash_profile so i don’t have to remember the screen’s tty connection name (obviously replace the
tty.usbserial-XXXXXXXX with your converter’s tty):
alias serial='screen /dev/tty.usbserial-XXXXXXXX'
So you can use this to connect instead:
You can of course use the same method to connect to Cisco switches and routers that have USB consoles: