As someone in IT it is common to have to connect to serial ports, whether it’s to manage Cisco gear, a security appliance, or whatever.
And if you’re on OS X the answer for the best way to do this may not be obvious. Here’s my method, which is the cleanest I know of:
- Get yourself a quality USB-to-serial connector. I bought a TU-S9 myself, and it’s worked flawlessly.
- Install its driver and reboot. You’ll now have a device called
- Use your preferred terminal app to connect to the newly created interface using the built-in
screenapplication, like so:
# Connecting to a Tipping Point Appliance
screen /dev/tty.usbserial 115200
That’s it. You should be at your prompt for your box.