Tech Laptop with DB9

Alexander Neilson alexander at
Mon Nov 10 21:11:56 UTC 2014

I have found Air Console to be amazing:

I have one that comes with me in my bag everywhere.

I also have purchased a couple of their 1.8M USB to Cisco Rollover Cables which include the USB to Serial converter in the USB Plug. The cable can be adapted to serial and null modem with the end adapters (may not work in every situation)

The FDDI chip in these cables has strong driver availability across all OS’s and is also installed by default in some OS’s (including OS X - my personal preference for direct interaction machine)

This way as long as you have USB ports and Wifi you have an awesome tool set. The Air Console can even bridge traffic for monitoring / wireshark over Wifi (obvious bandwidth limitations) so I really enjoy having it with me.


Alexander Neilson
Neilson Productions Limited

alexander at
021 329 681
022 456 2326

> On 11/11/2014, at 9:39 am, Max Clark <max.clark at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> DB9 ports seem to be a nearly extinct feature on laptops. Any suggestions on a cheap laptop for use in field support (with an onboard DB9)?
> Thanks,
> Max

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