how to connect a modem to the PS2 port?

Boris Samorodov bsam at
Sun Oct 15 12:05:09 PDT 2006

On Sat, 14 Oct 2006 20:34:22 -0400 (EDT) ches wrote:

> I am using a laptop as a server, and need a second serial port on it.  I'd
> love to use the psm0 port (I know it is an RS232C serial port) connected to
> a modem, but I am guessing the the psm driver is getting in the way.
> It is hard to ask the right question in Google.

> Anyone know how to use the PS2 port as a simple serial port?  I never
> use a mouse on this machine.

You can't do it. But you may consider purchasing a USB to serial
port(s) converter based on PL2303 (Prolific Technologies) chip. Those
converters work great with FreeBSD.

Boris Samorodov (bsam)
Research Engineer, Telephone & Internet SP
FreeBSD committer, The Power To Serve

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