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Digitus USB to serial adapter on OS X

Posted on 28 May 2013.

If you, like me, have a Digitus USB to serial adapter that you want to get working under OS X you will have to download and install a driver.

Digitus USB to serial adapter

At the time of writing, only Windows drivers are available at Digitus’ website, eventhough they claim to support OS X. However, reading their website I learnt that the device’s chipset is called FT232RL, and some Google magic reveals a list of FT232RL drivers. Simply download and install the appropriate one; I used the 2.2.18 x64 version for my Macbook running OS X 10.8.3. Once the driver is installed and the device is plugged into your computer you should see a new entry under /dev:

$ ls /dev/tty.usbserial*
/dev/tty.usbserial-FTF6TGV5
$

I use the adapter together with GNU screen to connect to my Soekris net5501:

$ screen /dev/tty.usbserial-FTF6TGV5 9600
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