MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet

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. Options include PoE (Power-over-Ethernet), built-in real time clock (RTC) with battery, and logging module with embedded SD card.

MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet
  • 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

  • Compact and portable design

  • Can be paired with MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard

  • Highly configurable with simple PC-side application

  • Supports national keyboard layouts

  • Durable anodized aluminium enclosure

  • Optional PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) connector

  • Optional built-in real time clock with battery

  • Optional logging module with embedded SD card

  • USB cable bundled

MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet

How it works

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.

MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet

Highly configurable

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 Host 2 Ethernet

Tap versus Host

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.

The bigger picture

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.

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

The PoE version allows to power the device with DC voltages up to 48V over the RJ-45 connector (power on pins 4, 5 and ground on pins 7, 8). The device can be powered either over USB or through PoE (or both), extending the flexibility of the application in which the MorphStick is used in.

MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet

Optional features

Two device features are available on demand: 8GB internal flash memory, and an RTC (Real Time Clock). The flash memory option adds 8GB internal memory for data logging purposes, while 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.