Niels Hoffmann

Installing USB to Serial Adapter

Need to access old hardware or hardware that only comes with a serial interface? Well, there is an adapter for that. Only problem: Getting mac drivers for OS X Lion.

Turned out that this is not such a big problem, at least not if your adapter is running on the Prolific Chipset.

Make sure your adapter is connected to a USB port and open up System Information. Select Hardware -> USB and look for a USB Serial Controller. When selecting it, you should get detailed information on that device. Does it look something like this?

If yes, you can consider yourself lucky. A guy called ./martijn wrote a driver that works under 10.7 and another guy called changux wrote a convenient installer for that same driver.


I am Niels Hoffmann, software developer, music afficionade, sailor.
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