Connecting a Mac to a Cisco Switch via Serial

Sinsinnati

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Sep 26, 2006
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Cincinnati, Ohio

Sinsinnati

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Cincinnati, Ohio
I take it no one has gotten this to work? Aren't there Mac admins out there that work for IT departments with Cisco switches?
 

RobTuck

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Sep 19, 2006
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I use my Powerbook G4 for sys admin via serial. Ive used it for servers and switches.

I highly recommend the Keyspan USB-Serial adapter. Works like a charm and comes with Mac drivers. Ive used it with the blue Cisco cable too.

Once installed, and hooked up to your server/switch, fire up a Terminal window, and type:

screen /dev/cu.USBXXXXX

(where XXXX is a string of characters specific to your serial adapter if I remember correctly)

This will put you in a 'screen' session (think of it as a virtual terminal - check 'man screen') on your Mac using the serial port, just like hyperterminal.

Sorry if ive not explained very well, ive not had coffee yet! PM me if you need more help.
 

Mumford

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Oct 8, 2006
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Altadena, CA
I use this particular adaptor from my PowerBook & MacBook Pro to connect to Ciscos or Suns or whatever. There's some quick-and-dirty docs on how to set it up here.
 

Sinsinnati

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Mumford said:
I use this particular adaptor from my PowerBook & MacBook Pro to connect to Ciscos or Suns or whatever. There's some quick-and-dirty docs on how to set it up here.
You use the adapter I posted above? It is quite a bit cheaper than the Keyspan version so it is good to hear. I looked over your link and while it is nice to know that it works, it looks pretty "unmac". Is there not an application like Hyperterminal for Mac? In Linux, I used to use minicom but I noticed that Macs don't have that app.


RobTuck, thanks for the post. I am not familar with the "screen" command. I will have to look into it.
 

Mumford

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Oct 8, 2006
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Sinsinnati said:
You use the adapter I posted above? It is quite a bit cheaper than the Keyspan version so it is good to hear. I looked over your link and while it is nice to know that it works, it looks pretty "unmac". Is there not an application like Hyperterminal for Mac? In Linux, I used to use minicom but I noticed that Macs don't have that app.
Yes, I use the adaptor that you have pictured above. And yes, the software mentioned on that page isn't very "Mac-ish". I've used Z-Term in the past. It's a little better, but very dated. You might try QuickTerm. I plan to.