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GHOST Emulators

Boot your PC securely without a keyboard or mouse.

FEATURES

AT PS/2 Mouse GHOST Emulator connects a PC/AT to a KVM switch or extender with PS/2 mouse ports.

Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator plugs into a PC in lieu of a keyboard, so the PC boots but can’t be used without authorization.

Both GHOST Emulators plug into a PC in lieu of a mouse.

AC244A converts PS/2 mouse data to serial.

AC245A has a pass-throughport for the keyboard.

OVERVIEW

These days it seems you can never have too much data security. Hackers aside, there are any number of wellintentioned people who can, just by typing at the keyboard, accidentally compromise your unattended IBM® PC type computer systems. It’d help if you could lock up these computers’ keyboards and mice, wouldn’t it? But how can you, when PCs don’t boot without a keyboard attached?

The Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator (AC245A) helps keep unauthorized users from poking around on your PCs. When, instead of a keyboard, you attach this emulator to a computer, the emulator sends the booting PC the responses that a keyboard would. So the PC boots and operates normally, without an attached keyboard to attract the itchy fingers of the uninvited.

The AT PS/2 Mouse GHOST Emulator (AC244A) and the Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator (AC245A) do the same thing with the PC’s mouse port (which must be serial for the AT PS/2 Mouse GHOST Emulator, PS/2 type for the Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator). A GHOST Emulator attached to the mouse port sends mouse responses to the booting PC, so that the PC boots properly, loads its mouse driver, etc., without an attached mouse.

Both of these emulators are easy to install, include cables, and don’t require user intervention once they are hooked up. They’re all powered by a PC interface rather than an external power supply: The AT PS/2 Mouse GHOST Emulator is powered by the serial mouse interface; the Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator is powered by the keyboard interface.

The AT PS/2 Mouse GHOST Emulator has a passthrough connector—designedfor a PS/2 mouse, because it also functions as a PS/2 to serial mouseconver-ter.(You can use it, in fact, to attach a PC/AT® to a KVM switch or extender that has only PS/2 mouse ports.) Plus, it’shot-swappable.

The Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator has both keyboard connectors, as well as both output and passthrough PS/2 mouse connectors for mouse emulation and hot-swapping.

TECH SPECS

Compliance —

AC244A: CE; FCC Part 15 Subpart B IC Class A/classe A; AC245A: FCC Part 15 Subpart B IC Class A/classe A

Operating System Required — No operating system requirementsSystem Hardware Required — AC244A: IBM PC/AT or compatible;

AC245A: IBM PS/2 or compatible

User Controls — None

Interface —

AC244A: IBM PS/2 mouse and TIA/EIA RS-232(serial mouse); AC245A: IBM PS/2 keyboard and mouse

Connectors — AC244A: (1) DB9 F to PC’s mouse port; (1)6-pinmini-DINF to optional mouse;

AC245A: (2) 6-pinmini-DINM on nondetachable cable: (1) to PC’s keyboard port; (1) to PC’s mouse port;

Indicators — None

Temperature Tolerance —

AC244A: Operating: 41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C); Storage: -4to +176°F(-20to +80°C); AC245A: Operating: 32 to 114°F (0 to 45°C); Storage:-40to +176°F(-40to +80°C)

Humidity Tolerance —

AC244A: Up to 80% noncondensing; AC245A: Up to 95% noncondensing

Power — AC244A: Approximately 15 mA (DC voltage used depends on how much the PC provides) from PC’sRS-232serial mouse interface;

AC245A: 4.75 to 5.25 VDC, 100 mA from PC’s keyboard interface Size — AC244A: 0.8"H x 1.3"W x 6"D (2 x 3.3 x 15.2 cm);

AC245A: 1"H x 1.5"W x 3"D (2.5 x 3.8 x 7.6 cm); attached cables are 14" (35.6 cm) long

Weight — AC244A: 1 oz. (28 g); AC245A: 5 oz. (142 g)

Item

Code

AT PS/2 Mouse GHOST Emulator

AC244A

Keyboard and Mouse GHOST Emulator

AC245A

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