Serial Terminal with OSX Leopard

I've procured a few cisco devices for a network lab and needed serial console access. I don't have any windows machines anymore so there was no teraterm or hyperterminal.... but I forgot about screen!

  1. Get a usb to serial cable - link
  2. Install driver - link
  3. Open Terminal

To make sure the USB to serial adapter is connected: akonkol$ ls -l /dev/tty.* crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 10, 0 Oct 24 23:08 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Modem crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 10, 2 Oct 24 23:08 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 10, 4 Oct 24 23:09 /dev/tty.PL2303-000013FDNow to start the terminal session: akonkol$ screen /dev/tty.PL2303-000013FD To quit the session press: control + a, then control + \ And of course for more info: akonkol$ man screen I've created a simple bash script for this....

# script to start screen with usb to serial adapter
# akonkol 2008-11-02


#adjust adapter filename for manuf (works for iogear)

if [ -a $adapter ]; then
    echo "*** Adapter $adapter exists ***"

    echo "*** Starting screen on $adapter ***"
    echo "Don't forget: control + a, control + \ to kill"
    sleep 5
    screen $adapter
        echo "!!! No Adapter Found !!!"


#exit to parent shell
exit 0;

Tagged as console , mac os x serial
Written by Andrew Konkol on October 24th, 2008


cool, thanks, this looks very useful!

avocado kid
February 10, 2009
Hi! After a lot of PL2303 driver installations... when I list it, they don't appear in the list, I don't understand why... even if the adaptor is connected... an idea? thanks Ben

February 1, 2011
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