Alex and I rewired our entire network the other day with cat 6 cable and new gigabit switches. Once we got it all set up we decided to do some testing. One of the tests we ran was transfer speeds from our file server to our laptops. We were trying to determine the network linkspeed when all of a sudden I realized that I had no idea how to do this on my mac. We decided to figure it out, and when we did, we of course wrote a article to help every one else. Below I will outline the simple steps to view your link speed in Mac OSX.
Alex and I were redoing our shop network today and we had to do some configuring on our Cisco switch. Normally this is no big deal but because I switched to mac recently I realized that I had no clue how to console into a Ciso switch. After a little googling I found a free program called zterm which people said would work. I use a proprietary program called Secure CRT which does console conections but if you do not have that check out zterm.
Anyway obviously there is no serial port on a macbook pro so I needed to use my usb to serial adapter. I plugged it in only to find that my mac did not “see” it as a device. As most Windows users, I was used to it comming up as a comm port so I was not sure where to look for it