How To Use Lsusb To Install Adapter Kali

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I am trying to connect minicom to a serial device that is connected via a USB-to-serial adapter. This is a PL2303 and from everything I've read no additional drivers are required. The device is recognised as a PL2303.

I'm a beginner at minicom. Is this the correct command to execute? Or do I need to configure something?

Peter Mortensen

I know kali is not for beginners, but I've been adapting to it and getting used to using it except I just can't get my usb wireless adapter to work right. Thanks for the suggestion on installing Kali on another drive, I'm gonna do that, but I also want to get it working on virtual box too. Cimpacts wirelease and eventuully forced the realtek drivers to install but I cannot get monitor mode working. Also lsusb doesn’t recognize the device at all. Can I ask what distro you used, kernel and install method you used please! Using vmware workstation 12 and kali 2016.v1 and v2. Tried older distro’s 1.6. I installed the driver using the dkms as described in the aircrack-ng repository and it worked. Note: If you run the installation in VirtualBox, the USB controller must be set to xHCI (3.0). @sawdust suggested the following link on Kali forums which may be very helpful. Now install the kernel module and run depmod. Add a kernel module rule. To use the r8152 driver, you've to add a proper kernel module rule, which overrides the default wildcard entry in the cdc_ether driver. So, first you've to find out the ethernet adapters Vendor ID and Product ID, use the lsusb command for that. I've been using the Linksys USB6300 Adapter but when I switched to Ubuntu it stopped working since its only compatible with Windows. I've tried using ndiswrapper and although it says my windows driver is installed, my device isn't showing up. Anyone know how I could get this wireless network adapter working?

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First check with dmesg grep tty if system recognize your adapter.Then try to run minicom with sudo minicom -s, go to 'Serial port setup' and change the first line to /dev/ttyUSB0.

Don't forget to save config as default with 'Save setup as dfl'. It works for me on Ubuntu 11.04 on VirtualBox.

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You will need to set the permissions every time you plug the converter in.I use PuTTY to connect. In order to do so, I have created a little Bash script to sort out the permissions and launch PuTTY:

P.S. I would never recommend that permissions are set to 777.

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The serial port communication programs moserial or gtkterm provide an easy way to check connectivity and modify /dev/ttyUSB0 (or /dev/ttyUSB1!) settings. Even though there maybe only a single USB to RS232 adapter, the n designation /dev/ttyUSBn can and does change periodically! Both moserial and gtkterm will show what port designation is relevant in their respective pull down menus when selecting an appropriate port to use.

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I had fix this with adduser *username* dialout. I never had this error again, even though previously the only way to get it to work was to reboot the PC or unplug and replug the usb to serial adapter.

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I get get the same minicom error, 'cannot open /dev/ttyUSB0: No such file or directory'

Three notes:

  1. I get the error when the device attached to the serial port end of my Prolific Technology PL2303 USB/Serial adapter is turned off. After turning on the device (an embedded controller running Linux) minicom connected fine.

  2. I have to run as super user (i.e. sudo minicom)

  3. Sometimes I have to unplug and plug back in the USB-to-serial adapter to get minicom to connect to it.

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) under VMware (running on Windows 7). In this situation, make sure the device is attached to VM operating system by right clicking on the USB/Serial USB icon in the lower right of the VMware window and select Connect (Disconnect from Host).

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Remember to press Ctrl + A to get minicom's prompt, and type X to exit the program. Just exiting the terminal session running minicom will leave the process running.

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I had the exact same problem, and it was fixed by doing a chmod 777 /dev/ttyUSB0. I never had this error again, even though previously the only way to get it to work was to reboot the VM or unplug and replug the USB-to-serial adapter. I am running Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) VM on OS X.

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Joshua EtienneJoshua Etienne

Long time reader, first time helper ;)

I'm going through the same hellish experience here with a Prolific USB <> Serial adapter and so far Linux is the easiest to get it to work.

On CentOS, I didn't need to install any drivers etc.. That said,

  • dmesg grep -i tty or dmesg grep -i usb showed me /dev/ttyUSB0.
  • screen ttyUSB0 9600 didn't do the trick for me like it did in OSX
  • minicom is new to me but it was complaining about lack of /dev/modem

However, this helped:

So install minicom (yum install minicom) then enter its settings (minicom -s).

Then select Serial Port Setup and change the Serial Device (Option A) to /dev/ttyUSB0, or whatever your device file is as it slightly differs per distro.

Then change the Bps (Option E) to 9600 and the rest should be default (8N1 Y N)

Save as default, then simply minicom and Bob's your uncle.


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I suggest that newbies connect a PL2303 to Ubuntu, chmod 777 /dev/ttyUSB0 (file-permissions) and connect to a CuteCom serial terminal. The CuteCom UI is simple intuitive. If the PL2303 is continuously broadcasting data, then Cutecom will display data in hex format

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I just got my GUC232A cable with a molded-in PL2302 converter chip.

In addition to adding myself and br to group dialout, I found this helpful tip in the README.Debian file in /usr/share/doc/bottlerocket:

This package uses debconf to configure the /dev/firecracker symlink, should you need to change the symlink in the future run this command:

dpkg-reconfigure -pmedium bottlerocket

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That will then prompt you for your new serial port and modify the symlink. This is required for proper use of bottlerocket.

I did that and voila! bottlerocket is able to communicate with my X-10devices.

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Putty on ubuntuThere is no need to install the driver for PL2303So only type the command to enable the puttySudo chmod 666 /dev/ttyUSB0DoneOpen the putty.

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