3.c. Installing Mac OS X Drivers and Software

Mac OS X compatibility: we have confirmed that the Wixel works on Mac OS X 10.7 and we can assist with advanced technical issues, but most of our tech support staff does not use Macs, so basic support for Mac OS X is limited.

The Wixel Configuration Utility running in Mac OS X.

You can download the Wixel Configuration Utility and the Wixel command-line utility (wixelcmd) for Mac OS X here:

Double click on the dmg file to open it, and then follow the instructions in README.txt.

The virtual COM ports are managed by the AppleUSBCDCACM component of Mac OS X. The source code of AppleUSBCDCACM is available from Apple. When you connect a Wixel running an app that implements a virtual serial port to the PC, the virtual serial port should appear as a device with a name like /dev/cu.usbmodemfa121 (the number depends on which USB port you use). You can use any terminal program (such as screen) to send and receive bytes on those ports.