I treated myself to a mac. The trouble is how do you connect it to a Cisco router or network device?
Putty is a Windows application and SecureCRT as much as I like it has a price tag. However, if you go through the pain of finding the right drivers as I did with a Lindy serial to USB cable and then connect the cable and open a terminal session:
and the output will be along the lines of those below:
If you use the screen command as shown below:
Your pretty much onto the console. I will admit that finding the drivers was a pain in the rear and over 2 – 3 hours, I had installed about 5 versions before finding one that worked.