Rose Electronics, the pioneer of KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) switching technology, introduces UniPort a product which converts standard PS/2 (6 pin mini-din connector) keyboard and mouse ports to a single USB port.
UniPort is a self contained active converter which plugs into industry standard keyboard and mouse ports and presents a USB port instead. UniPort can be used with any standard KVM switch, KVM extender or any computer and does not require any software to be installed on the host device.
UniPort allows system specific or User preferred USB keyboards to be used with switches and extenders which usually would not support the USB standard. USB is a notoriously tricky interface to extend beyond a few metres, so UniPort is particularly useful where peripherals need to be placed some distance away from host computers such as in network control, industrial, telemetry or broadcast applications.
All usual keyboard functions are available of course, but UniPort really scores when customised keyboards which are specific to a particular system need to be extended or integrated into switches with other mixed types of computers.
UniPort is flash upgradeable. All that a User needs to do is to visit the Rose website via a computer with a keyboard which is connected to a Rose UniPort, and download the latest UniPort firmware which can then be loaded via a super-smart utility called VistaFlasher.
VistaFlasher actually communicates with the connected UniPort via its PS/2 connection, so it isnt necessary to change or add any cables to achieve the upgrade.