PuTTY is the easiest way to connect to the Zodiac FX serial interface.


On Windows


  1. Connect the Zodiac FX to the PC via the micro-USB port. This powers the Zodiac FX and also provides a serial connection to the PC.
  2. Open Devices and Printers and find the device (COMx) number.
  3. Open PuTTY and select the Serial option, connecting to the COM line from the previous step.
  4. Open the connection and hit any key to show the CLI.




On Linux


  1. Connect the Zodiac FX to the PC via the micro-USB port. This powers the Zodiac FX and also provides a serial connection to the PC.
  2. Use the command below to find the serial device identifier.
  3. Open PuTTY and select the Serial option, connecting to the serial line from the previous step.
  4. Open the connection and hit any key to show the CLI.
    • If nothing shows in the CLI, try the 'help' command to verify that it's connected



        Note: if you see the error message below, run PuTTY as root.


On macOS


Serial (paid with free trial) has been found to be the easiest way to connect to the Zodiac FX.


There are several other alternative outlined in this StackExchange thread.