Serial Connection on Mac OS X Lion

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  1. hamjam macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    This is my new post on the MacRumors forum.

    I'm working as System integrator in one of the IT companies. I need to console in for configuring storage and network solutions for my Customers. As i'm a Mac Users i'm not able to get to console from my mac. I have to carry a Windows Machine just for the consoling only. I have this Aten Usb to Serial RS232 Model UC-232A for converting my usb to serials

    Can someone help me. Thanks in advance.

    Mohd Hamja
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I can think of three options:
    1) install bootcamp on your mac
    2) run windows in VMware and attach the serial thingy to windows when you connect it (a dialog will pop up asking you)
    3) (sketchy) there are some console emulators out there that run on mac, but some of them have very limited functionality, some cost (a lot) of money, but hardly have any functions, and some are free and quite good.
     
  3. hamjam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm aware of that. But how ever I wanted to use only the base OS only. If I were to install the Windows over parallels or VMware Fusion. I'll be losing 20gig of space on my SSD.
     
  4. mulo macrumors 68020

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  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I use ZTerm. It's console emulator for OS X.

    As for the hardware, I'm not sure if you have drivers for your unit, but I use a Dtech DT-5001 USB to RS232 adapter and I use to connect to IOS on my routers.
     
  6. hamjam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have the driver for Mac OS X 10.4 for the Aten UC232A. How to install the driver and get the device detected by the OS.?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    If you use an adapter that uses a PL2303 device (IOGear is one of many), there are 64-bit OS-X drivers (kexts) available. They work as native serial devices, so apps like ZTerm (works fine in Lion) will work fine with them. They can also be used in a VM, like Parallels, and mapped to a COM port.
     
  8. ale500 macrumors regular

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    You can get a FT232 based adapter, the drivers from FTDICHIP, and only 10 bucks lighter :).
     

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