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Laptop Console-ing [No 9 Pin Serial]

Hi,

Hope this is an ideal forum for this post!

I am basically looking at buying a laptop and would need to use it to console to Switches / Routers using the rollover cable etc.

However, I notice most laptops dont come with the 9 pin serial port anymore.

Is there a way of using a laptop still without the serial port, i.e through hyper terminal maybe use a usb - serial converter? If so what is out there? Is anyone in this situation and if so what have they done? to be able to do this?

Thanks

Steve

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Re: Laptop Console-ing [No 9 Pin Serial]

Hi,

Yes there are USB-serial convertors.

But some don't support break sequences though.

we used a DSE (Dick Smith Electronics) one that works as a charm;

http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/43c18a320cea353a273fc0a87f99071f/Product/View/XH8290

but these are not available all over the world I reckon ;-)

After installing, you can connect to the com port with Hyper terminal

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