Bill Vlahos bvlahos at
Fri Dec 1 10:58:32 EST 2006

I just got an Asante router (24 port all gigabit layer 2, 3, 4 switch!) 
which has an interesting new feature. In addition to the regular DB9 
serial port they have a USB port that they say can be used as the 
console port. When i tried using it with ZTerm on the Mac (or 
HyperTerminal in Windows)  it didn't recognize the port so I asked them 
to tell me how to make it work.

They sent me what looks like a generic USB driver and instructions on 
how to make it work on the Mac. I installed it but the port still 
didn't come up but I think something else was going on on my Mac that 
made it not work. I have not had time to work on it further. What was 
supposed to happen was ZTerm would simply recognize the port and be 
able to select it. If that is the case then this might be very good 
solution for us as we could use USB without having any additional 
hardware other than a USB cable (i.e. no USB to Serial adapter).

I don't have the instructions for Windows yet but I don't believe 
Asante created the driver so perhaps someone has come up with a generic 
driver that we could use.

I'll follow up when I get more information.

Bill Vlahos

On Dec 1, 2006, at 7:28 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> What's the final word on addressing USB devices in Rev?
> Searching the archives I found that some posts say it's possible to 
> use open driver to address USB devices, others say only if the device 
> is going through a hardware serial converter.
> Can we access USB devices in Rev?  If not, anyone heard an ETA for 
> when we might?
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