The StarTech PS22USB PS/2 to USB Keyboard and Mouse Adapter converts a USB keyboard and mouse to PS/2 connections allowing you to connect a newer USB-based keyboard and mouse to legacy systems that only have PS/2 connection ports available.
Newer USB keyboards and mice cannot simply use simple adapters to connect to PS/2 ports, as the signal is of a different nature, so active conversion is required for full functionality.
Supporting plug and play installation with no software or driver requirements, the PS/2-USB adapter offers a cost-effective way to bridge USB peripherals with a PS/2 based computer. For systems that have both PS/2 and USB connections, this compact device can also be used to free up 2 USB ports.
Imagined Long Usage
Pros: We have owned these devices for a number of years now.. well, to be honest, we've wished we could have owned them, because of our history with PS/2 connections and the declining number of PS/2 devices available, as USB proliferates.
Cons: Total apparent lack of availability.
Other Thoughts: PS/2 isn't dead yet, in fact it persists, awaiting re-birth, good hardware that it is. It should be possible for both protocols to happily co-exist and complement each other.
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Does not work correctly
Cons: I have tried every combination of USB mice and keyboards I own and/or can get my hands on. I've tried over a dozen of each and this thing will miss keystrokes and causes every mouse to be sluggish. The only way it's even usable is if I'm careful to watch the screen as I type, and not type fast. And don't plug the mouse into it.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to work with a KVM that only supports PS/2 interfaces. I have over 6 of these in current use and this PS22USB was purchased to find a way of getting USB mice & keyboards replaced and/or upgraded on these multi-server systems.
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“I have tried every combination of USB mice and keyboards I own and/or can get my hands on. I've tried over a dozen ...”— Repairman 6/30/2012
“We have owned these devices for a number of years now.. well, to be honest, we've wished we could have owned them, because ...”— PhredE 5/4/2013