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With the airlines reducing the carryon restrictions I needed get a smaller laptop bag and reduce what I carried. With this cable and a couple of RJ45/DB9 hoods I was able to eliminate all of my other serial cables and adapters, making a rather small and flat package that takes up next to no room and is light. Also requires no drivers on my Windows 10 tablet.
Every cable I've had to date consisted of a console cable with a DB9 adapter, requiring I purchase a separate DB9 to serial adapter. I've had mixed experiences with these adapters over the years, where about 3 out of 6 were bad and needed replacement. I bought this cable as a single-cable solution, and it works great. I had to download the drivers separately, since my Windows 10 laptop couldn't auto-detect the correct drivers. After driver installation I checked device manager and noticed the cable appearing as COM6, and I was able to connect just fine after the drivers were installed. I'll be purchasing a couple more of these cables for traveling, since this one is working well.
I ordered this cable to use on a little Protectli appliance I turned into a firewall (6 ports). So I wanted to upgrade the RAM, put in an mSATA SSD and run a Linux based firewall. Also I wanted to be able to upgrade or change the OS remotely if needed. This cable allows me to "console in" and watch the Protectli reboot remotely via Minicom or Picocom which are like Putty if you are on Windows. It's like out of band management for a small office that's redundantly connected to the Internet. I say "like" because I am getting there via VPN but there are 2 paths I can choose from anway. This little cable can connect to all sorts of devices and I can get to all of the via a single board coputer (SBC), all I have to do is ask someone in the office to move the cable to different labeled ports! I recommend this thing for sure. The drivers are, of course, in the Linux kernel, so unlike Windows; you don't have to pull your hair out trying to find drivers just to get a simple job done. Here is some output while I am plugging the cable in:
Used this cable to connect to Cisco routers, switches, and ASA firewalls. No drivers to install - it just worked. My customer was impressed that it was all one piece and not a bunch of cobbled together adapters and cables.
With newer technology, many laptops do not have serial ports. This works perfect! My work Laptop is a 7390 2-in-1. Our security policies disable USB port access, but with this item there is no need to elevate my rights as an admin. Because even as an administrator, I need to elevate my rights and disable the security protocols needed to access USB ports.
Here is my follow up after receiving this product and the TP-Link T2500G-10TS.