MorphStick Serial 2 Ethernet
The MorphStick Serial 2 Ethernet is a compact network device, capable of converting serial data to Ethernet packets. It taps onto a serial or RS-232 connection, captures the transmitted data frames, and sends them 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.
Captures serial transmission up to 115200bps
Taps onto existing serial communication without interfering with it
Sends data over Ethernet as UDP datagrams
Powered over USB
Compact and portable design
Can be paired with MorphStick Ethernet 2 Serial
Highly configurable with simple PC-side application
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 Serial 2 Ethernet is a powerful, yet simple to use data converter and logger. Connect a serial data source to the mini-DIN connector, using an adapter cable. 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 capture all serial traffic without interfering with it, 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.
Serial adapter cables
MorphStick Serial 2 Ethernet features a universal 6-pin mini-DIN connector, which can be used in a few different serial bus configurations. To acquire data from a single serial source, the mini-DIN to DB-9 adapter can be used, which is supplied with each device. To monitor a serial bus in tap mode with two data transmitters and receivers, a special mini-DIN to DB-9 splitter cable can be supplied. Similarly, DB-25 adapters and male/female converters can be supplied with the device.
The bigger picture
Morphsticks are essentially building blocks of bigger communication systems. The data originating from MorphStick Serial 2 Ethernet can be sent to several destinations. One of them can be the MorphStick Ethernet 2 Serial, creating a transfer link over Ethernet for serial devices. 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.
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.