Starting a Console Session with Cisco Switch or Router

I’m using the plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter here: http://plugable.com/drivers/prolific

Download the Mac OS driver and install it. You will have to restart system when the installation is completed.

Once your system is rebooted, plug in the adapter to your Mac and the RJ-45 connector to the console port of the Cisco router or switch.

Run following command and make sure that the adapter shows up, e.g:

$ ls -ltr /dev/*usb*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   18,   2 Mar 19 22:28 /dev/tty.usbserial
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   18,   3 Mar 19 22:28 /dev/cu.usbserial

Run following command to start a console session:

$ screen /dev/tty.usbserial 9600

To disconnect the session, enter Ctrl+A followed by Ctrl+\.