This cable is an easy way to connect a Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, a microcontroller, or other TTL serial device to your computer. This makes the cable ideal for interfacing with debugging and programming consoles of various devices. This can even be used to install alternate operating systems on some WiFi routers. This devices uses the PL2303TA chipset and is compatible with Windows 8! There are also drivers available for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and MacOS X 10.6 to 10.10.