Using the Raspberry PI Command Line from a Windows PC Serial Port

Previously, an article was posted on how to connect to the Raspberry PI board from a Linux PC using the serial port. We now look at how to do the same thing using a Windows PC.

In this article, a Windows 8 PC is connected to the Raspberry PI through a USB to RS-232 adapter and Raspberry PI RS-232 board. The open-source terminal emulator software Tera Term is then used to connect to the PC’s RS-232 serial port.

Once Tera Term is connected to the serial port and the serial port plugged into the Raspberry PI, when the Raspberry PI is powered up, the boot-up messages will be seen in Tera Term. After booting, the Raspberry PI can be logged into by typing in Tera Term — no keyboard or screen needs to be plugged into the Raspberry PI. The only thing plugged into the RPI is the serial adapter and power cable.

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Operate the Raspberry PI from a PC using the Serial Port

The Raspberry PI can be operated without a keyboard, mouse, screen or network connection by connecting it to a PC using a RS-232 serial port.

This article uses minicom running on a Linux PC to connect to the Raspberry PI command line. A USB to RS-232 adapter cable connects the PC to the Raspberry PI RS-232 adapter board.

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