Do you use direct with a Tiptel phone with serial interface that is connected to your Mac via a USB serial adapter?

Then you need a driver for this adapter.


Support from your vendor

Because of the large number of available USB serial adapters, we cannot support these adapters and their drivers. Please always contact your vendor where you purchased the adapter, or the adaptor's manufacurer.

In addition, we have collected all information that we know about the USB serial adapter drivers on this page. Many questions of our customers can be answered with this information.


New driver for macOS Mojave?

After past OS updates, some customers reported that direct no longer worked after the upgrade.

In some cases the driver of the USB serial adapters just needed to be reinstalled after the OS update. In other cases, a new driver version was required.

This might be the case with the update to macOS Mojave as well.

Since the adapter's manufacturers often only provide sparse information about OS compatibility of specific driver versions, we recommend to use the update to macOS Mojave to also update your USB serial adapter's driver. Even in those cases where your current driver version seems to run under macOS Mojave.


macOS Mojave requires user approval to load new hardware drivers

Please note: since macOS High Sierra user approval is required before new hardware drivers are loaded.

A warning panel will pop up when the system tries to load the new driver for the first time. Depending on the driver this may be during driver installation, after the next system reboot, or when the USB serial adapter is first plugged in. At this time you will need to open System Preferences, select the Security & Privacy section, and click Allow.

You will only need to do this once. You may not have to do this at all if a previous version of the driver had already been installed on your computer before you upgraded to macOS Mojave.

Possible pitfalls:

  • The approval UI in System Preferences will only be visible for 30 minutes. If you wait too long, you will no longer be able to approve loading of the driver. Try unplugging and reconnecting the USB serial adapter, then going back to the System Preferences main page, and then reopening the Security & Privacy section. This may cause the UI to reappear.
  • The warning panel will only pop up when the system tries to load the driver for the first time. If you did not approve then, no warning panel will be shown in the future (the approval UI in System Preferences will reappear though).
  • You may need to quit direct and unplug and reconnect the USB serial adapter after having approved loading of the driver.

See Apple Technical Note TN2459 (User-Approved Kernel Extension Loading) for details.


Driver versions

Please first check what kind of USB serial adapter you are using. The important thing here is not the manufacturer of the adapter (of which there are many), but the manufacturer of the adapter's chip set.

We are aware of adapters with chip sets of three manufacturers: FTDI, Keyspan, and Prolific.

Please use our instructions at the end of this page to determine the type of USB serial adapter that you are using.

FTDI adapter

If you are using an adapter with an FTDI chip set (e.g. from DeLock or Digitus), please install FTDI's current driver version.

Here is FTDI's overview page.

As of September 2018 FTDI offers:

  • driver version 2.4.2 for macOS 10.9 and above
  • driver version 2.2.18 for macOS 10.3 to 10.8

Usage with macOS Mojave (10.14)
Driver version 2.4.2 for macOS 10.9 and above can be installed under macOS Mojave where it works as intended.

But please review the note on the required user approval to load new hardware drivers.

Keyspan adapter

If you are using a Keyspan adapter (USA-19HS), please install the manufacturer Tripp Lite's current driver version.

Here is Tripp Lite's download page.

As of September 2018 Tripp Lite offers:

  • a driver for macOS 10.12 Beta and 10.13 (driver version 4.0b4)
  • a driver for macOS 10.9 to 10.11 (driver version 4)
  • a driver for macOS 10.7 to 10.8.x (driver version 3.0.757)
  • a driver for macOS 10.6 (also driver version 3.0.757)

Usage with macOS Mojave (10.14)
Driver version 4.0b4 for macOS 10.12 Beta and 10.13 can be installed under macOS Mojave (the macOS system report displays version 4.0).

We did not verify that this driver actually works but we assume it does. If you successfully use this driver with macOS Mojave, please let us know.

In any case please review the note on the required user approval to load new hardware drivers.

Note: Driver version 4 for macOS 10.9 to 10.11 could only be installed as long as the installer package was not located in a folder with space characters in its path name (!). This no longer seems to be a problem in the installer of driver version 4.0b4 for macOS 10.12 Beta und 10.13.

Prolific adapter

If you are using an adapter with a Prolific chip set (e.g. from Manhattan or Hama), please install Prolific's current driver version.

Here is Prolific's overview page (if you are asked to log in, please use GUEST als both user name and password). Click on the link to PL2303 USB to Serial Drivers.

As of September 2018 Prolific offers:

  • driver version 1.6.1 for macOS 10.9 to 10.13

Usage with macOS Mojave (10.14)
Driver version 1.6.1 for macOS 10.9 to 10.13 can be installed under macOS Mojave (the macOS system report displays version 1.6.0).

We did not verify that this driver actually works but we assume it does. If you successfully use this driver with macOS Mojave, please let us know.

In any case please review the note on the required user approval to load new hardware drivers.

Which USB serial adapter do I have?

Here are two ways to identify what kind of USB serial adapter or corresponding hardware driver you are using.

1.

If the adapter's driver is installed, it will be displayed in the macOS system report.

Choose About This Mac from the Apple menu and click on System Report... in the macOS Mojave window. Look in Software > Extensions.

The three drivers will be displayed under the following names:

  • FTDIUSBSerialDriver
  • KeyspanUSAdriver
  • ProlificUsbSerial

2.

If the adapter is connected, the manufacturer of the adaptor and of its chipset may be displayed in the macOS system report.

Choose About This Mac from the Apple menu and click on System Report... in the macOS Mojave window. Look in Hardware > USB.





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