The MorphStick Keyboard Tap 2 Ethernet is a compact network device, capable of converting USB keyboard or USB barcode reader data to Ethernet packets. It taps onto a USB connection between the computer and USB device, captures the transmitted data frames, and sends them as UDP datagrams in a user configurable format.
The MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet is a variation of the tap version, which does not require a computer for the keyboard or barcode reader to work. It contains a built-in USB host, which polls the connected USB device for data, thus simplifying the setup and reducing the amount of cabling.
The MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard works in the opposite direction, simulating a USB keyboard 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.
|MorphStick Keyboard Tap 2 Ethernet||MorphStick Keyboard Host 2 Ethernet||MorphStick Ethernet 2 Keyboard|
|Input||USB keyboard or
USB barcode reader
(connected to computer)
|USB keyboard or
USB barcode reader
|Ethernet data stream or
USB data stream
|Output||Ethernet data stream||Ethernet data stream or
USB data stream
|USB HID data stream|
|Power source||USB (+5V)
Optional: PoE (up to +48V)
|Local flash storage||Optional: 8GB built-in flash|
|Time-stamping||Software (NTP or user set)
Optional: built-in RTC + battery
|Dimensions||90mm x 35mm x 25mm
(3.5" x 1.3" x 1.0")
|Pricing and availability|
Connect a USB keyboard or barcode reader on one end to the horizontal USB-A socket. Connect to the host computer using the vertical USB-A socket. Connect Ethernet to the RJ45 socket on the other end. After a simple configuration procedure, the Morphstick will capture all USB traffic without interfering with it, and transfer it over Ethernet to a chosen destination.
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.
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 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.
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.