The MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet is a compact network device, capable of converting USB keyboard, barcode reader, or mouse data to Ethernet packets. It acts as a USB host controller, polls a USB device for data, and sends it as UDP datagrams in a user configurable format. Customizations include POE (Power-over-Ethernet), built-in real time clock (RTC) with battery, and logging module with embedded SD card.
Acts as a USB host and actively polls a USB keyboard, mouse, or barcode reader
Sends data over Ethernet as UDP datagrams
Two USB sockets and RJ-45 Ethernet socket
Powered over USB or POE (option)
Compact and portable design
Can be paired with MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard
Highly configurable with simple PC-side application
Supports national keyboard layouts
Optional POE (Power-over-Ethernet) connector
Optional built-in real time clock with battery
Optional logging module with embedded SD card
The MorphStick Keyboard 2 Ethernet is a powerful, yet simple to use data converter and logger. Connect a USB keyboard or barcode reader on one end to the horizontal USB-A socket. Connect 5V DC power using the vertical USB-A socket (can be from any computer, using a standard USB cable). Connect Ethernet to the RJ45 socket on the other end. After a simple configuration procedure, the Morphstick will poll the connected device for data, and transfer it over Ethernet to a chosen destination.
All MorphStick devices feature a button, which switches them into configuration mode over USB. An free lightweight application is available, which guides through the configuration process. During configuration the basic network communication needs to be configured, such as the where to send the acquired data. It takes just a few minutes to get the basic data transfer running, however the flexibility of the device also allows setting up sophisticated communication schemes.
MorphStick Keyboard 2 Ethernet comes in two varieties: Tap and Host. The Tap version works like a keylogger, capturing existing communication between the USB keyboard or barcode reader, and the computer. The Host version contains a built-in USB controller, which actively polls the keyboard or barcode reader for data. Both versions operate in the same way on the Ethernet side.
Morphsticks are essentially building blocks of bigger communication systems. The data originating from MorphStick Keyboard 2 Ethernet can be sent to several destinations. One of them can be the MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard, creating a transfer link over Ethernet for keyboards and barcode readers. Another destination can be a host computer, with dedicated software. A sample application is delivered, demonstrating this capability. Yet another option is a dedicated MorphStick device solely for the purpose of logging data from several sources.
Three device features are available on demand: POE (Power over Ethernet), 8GB internal flash memory, and an RTC (Real Time Clock). The POE option allows to power the device over the RJ45 socket, as an alternative to USB. The flash memory option adds 8GB internal memory for data logging purposes. And finally the RTC options adds time-stamps to the logged data. The set time and date is retained even when the device is powered off, thanks to an internal battery.