How to Use USB to Serial Adapter/Converter for Cisco Console Cable

Now a day new laptops not coming with serial/COM (RS232) port that we need to access and configure the Networking devices using  console port via Hyperterminal  terminal emulator.

Fig. usb2serial cable









USB to Serial adapter Connection

USB to Serial adapter can solve this problem. Using USB to Serial adapter device you can create a serial RS232 port with easy and you can use it to access your cisco console via Hyperterminal. Find the below procedure to connect console port of Cisco device using USB to Serial adaptor via HyperTerminal.

Fig. USB to Serial Cable










1. Install USB to Serial adaptor drivers

2. Next check the drivers properly installed for USB to Serial adapter.

3. After Driver software installation, remove the connectivity between Laptop and Router, Reconnect it. You should get “ready to use” message right-hand bottom on your laptop.

4. Next go to the Device manager –> Ports –>check which COM port taken for USB to Serial Adapter converter in your Laptop.

5. Open the HyperTerminal software or Putty in your Laptop and select appropriate COM port. Next click on open.

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7  follow below links to use Hyperterminal or Putty.

a. How to use Windows XP Hyperterminal Software in Windows Vista/ Windows 7

b. How to use putty as Hyperterminal in Windows Vista/ Windows 7

6. Now you can use as earlier like with COM port.

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  1. Nani says:

    very interesting information to create a Cisco Compatible Console Cable with USB to serial converter. thanks

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