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Using laptop as console

By NateH ·
Hi all,

I was wondering if there is a way to set up a laptop to temporarily act as a console for a PC/Server. I have been in certain situations where the console screen is inoperative and I don't have access to another. The only way for me to work on the server is by attaching another screen. So I thought perhaps I can attach my laptop via either a serial cable, USB cable, or CAT5/Serial cable that is used to attach to a Cisco router.

Does anyone know of any way to do this?

thank you


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by ghemant In reply to Using laptop as console

it will dafinetly possible via cables : usb,serial,cat5 but u must have RDP / remote desktop sharing enable or via third party software like VNC / Remote Admin / dameware mini remote control....


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by sgt_shultz In reply to Using laptop as console

i would just buy small cheap lcd monitor good for around for one with plain power cord. (built in xfmr)
why not just remote contrl the server? (from your laptop. if your laptop is xp pro you already have what you need probably.

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Late reply, might be useful for newcomers finding this via search

by Jon_StarTech In reply to Using laptop as console

Hi NateH,

While this is a fairly old post/request by now, hopefully this will help others who may come across this in their searches. I'm a product manager with, and we've developed a portable USB 2.0 Laptop KVM Adapter that does exactly what you?re looking for. The product is called the NOTECONS01 ( it's roughly the size of an iPhone, and plugs into the VGA and USB (or PS2 for legacy PCs) port on the server side, which is converted to USB only to plug into your laptop.

Your laptop becomes a portable console exactly like you're looking for, gaining full visibility of the connected server, and full control of mouse and keyboard functions on the server. Obviously as some others have stated, your simplest connection is via RDP, but for situations where the server is down, or when you need to be onsite, this guy will allow you to do everything including access the system BIOS, and whatever operating system you're running regardless of network status or driver issues.

If you're looking to try one, we do offer try and buy, even through our resellers and distributors where they sell for much less than our MSRP. If you try it, and don't love it, send it back for a full refund.

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