MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard
The MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard is a compact network device, capable of simulating a USB keyboard or USB mouse from incoming UDP data over Ethernet. The source of the UDP data can be a MorphStick Keyboard 2 Ethernet, or data generated from a network device or computer. Options include PoE (Power-over-Ethernet), built-in real time clock (RTC) with battery, and logging module with embedded SD card.
Simulates a USB keyboard or USB mouse
Receives data from UDP datagrams over Ethernet
Two USB sockets and RJ-45 Ethernet socket
Powered over USB
Compact and portable design
Can be paired with MorphStick Keyboard 2 Ethernet
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
How it works
The MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard is a powerful, yet simple to use data converter and logger. Connect the device to a computer using a standard USB cable and the vertical USB-A socket. Connect Ethernet to the RJ45 socket on the other end. After a simple configuration procedure, the Morphstick will simulate a USB keyboard, generating keystrokes from data received over Ethernet.
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 from where to accept 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.
The bigger picture
Morphsticks are essentially building blocks of bigger communication systems. The data received by MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard can originate from several sources. One of them can be the MorphStick Keyboard 2 Ethernet, creating a transfer link over Ethernet for keyboards and barcode readers. Another source can be a host computer, with dedicated software. A sample application is delivered, demonstrating this capability.
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.
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.