Author Topic: [Ebay] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit  (Read 19037 times)

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Offline chanceman42069

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+++Unless otherwise noted, this offer is permanently active+++

All common variants of the Model M keyboard are supported!

Upon placing an order, please let me know the number of FFC sockets you need: three (16+8+4 pins) or two (16+12 pins).

— supported operating systems: Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Mac OS X
— convenient, no hassle drop-in replacement
— controller supports USB or Bluetooth 4.0/BLE connection (flip switch to select)*
— use any 3.7V Li-Po/Li-Ion battery you like
— internal battery charger will recharge battery when USB cable is connected
— maximum battery life during normal operation: ca. 7 days (500 mAh battery, not included)
— device will go to sleep after 1 minute when USB mode has been selected and no USB cable is connected
— fully programmable, custom key mappings, command line tool for easy keymap configuration, up to 6 layers are possible
— up to 24 macro keys (6 keys + 8 modifiers each) suppported, configurable from CLI or Fn keys
— standard USB/Bluetooth HID 6-key rollover
— LED status indicators dimmable separately for BT and USB mode (either by dedicated brightness keys on a Fn
layer or from CLI)
— adjustable debounce period (1-255 ms, configurable from CLI)



You can choose between different versions and additional accessories:

— controller board 75€ (BT enabled) / 67€ (only USB, no BT components)

Mandatory accessories M122:

— M122 daughterboard 10€
— jumper cables 20P + 8P 5€

Mandatory accessories Lexmark/Unicomp Model M

— daughterboard to connect matrix (LEDs included) 10€
— jumper cables 16P + 8P 5€

Optionally available:

— Li-Po/Li-Ion battery 3.7V, 500 mAh (+6€) / 1000 mAh + battery case (+10€) / 2000 mAh (+15€)
— USB-B-›USB-A cable, beige, 1.8m, with ferrite bead sheath current filter included (+5€)
— LED daugherboard with low current low voltage status LEDs, green/amber/younameit (+10€)
— JST-EH connector four wire cable to connect LED daughterboard 5€
— cruciform Philips replacement case screws made from stainless steel for easy maintenance (+1€)
— BT-USB-bridge/BT-USB HID Proxy dongle (+10€)

The BT-USB dongle is capable of acting as a 'BT-USB bridge' along with my controller. The dongle can be used as a regular BT adapter that's controlled by the OS BT stack, but it can also function as stand-alone BT host that supplies its own BT stack. The modes of operation can be switched by software, too, if necessary. In the latter mode of operation, the dongle will present itself as a regular USB HID keyboard to the host system while pairing and bonding to the BT client device, in this case my controller, will happen automagically. That way you can connect the keyboard to any USB-compatible system without any additional hassle. That might come in handy especially on legacy systems without any BT support.

International shipping as a registered letter (with tracking) (7.50€).

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them to the fullest of my capability.
Bitte zögern Sie nicht, mich zu kontaktieren, wenn Sie Fragen haben.
S'il vous plaît, n'hesitez pas de me contacter si vous auriez de questions.

Just holler at me if you're interested. I prefer transactions outside of Ebay, of course, so the listed price is not definitive, I can take a discount outside of Ebay.

Contact me at jaygheezy[at]hotmail.com or PM me on DT.
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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
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Offline Jukbo

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 07 March 2018, 10:47:16 »
Hi, I'm new to geekhack forum. I got registered just because I'm interested in your interface. I want to buy one directly from you. Could you please contact me?

Thanks!

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Offline nathanchere

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 19 March 2018, 08:20:06 »
Why does this not have more (or any) love? This is one of the best model M projects ever IMO. I wish you had these before I sold my model M's .

Offline chanceman42069

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 27 March 2018, 12:53:07 »
Why does this not have more (or any) love? This is one of the best model M projects ever IMO. I wish you had these before I sold my model M's .

Thanks, I appreciate it. As to why it doesn't get more love, I don't know. Too expensive perhaps. It doesn't exactly qualify as a 'community' project I suppose. Then again, many Model M enthusiasts are quite capable of brewing their own, while others are older dudes who've been using that board since it came out and may not be appreciative of modifications of this nature.

On a sidenote, what do you mean by 'love'? More replies? It is kind of puzzling though: although this thread has been viewed more than 5000 times, I've only received like 3 enquiries regarding this project. Things are looking much better on DT, I gotta admit. :(

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 25 June 2018, 17:45:18 »
Wish Id seen this before now, I'll get one if I ever *finally* get myself an SSK!  for now handheld scientific box is doing well but nowhere near as slick as this. Love it B) Also I dont know if you would or not, but I could really do with one of the Bt bridge dongles , my wife doesnt have privilege enough to use a BT keyboard on her work machine so a dongle like this would be great for her. 
« Last Edit: Mon, 25 June 2018, 18:21:00 by osrix »

Offline chanceman42069

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 23 July 2018, 08:00:37 »
This thread has been viewed 9465 (!!!) times - and so far I've only received a handful of enquiries (any kind of enquiry, not solely commercial). How is this possible? Who or what is causing the views counter to increase so rapidly while there doesn't seem to be a lot of real human interest in this thread at all? Beats me!

Offline osrix

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 23 July 2018, 08:29:30 »
if maybe like me, then read the post take a look on ebay. I would say it is a tood price for the work involved for you to develop a product. I have a BT ps2 adapter from handheld scientific which lasts 2 hrs when plugged into the Model M.  From what I read your design doesnt suffer like this and so is of interest to me :)

Im now waiting to find an SSK before I buy from you. maybe stuff like that for most people. I love what youve done here and want to support, Bought a bridge from you another great solution!     

Offline anthorix

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 26 July 2018, 13:40:35 »
This thread has been viewed 9465 (!!!) times - and so far I've only received a handful of enquiries (any kind of enquiry, not solely commercial). How is this possible? Who or what is causing the views counter to increase so rapidly while there doesn't seem to be a lot of real human interest in this thread at all? Beats me!

maybe cus wireless things are common for portable lightweight objects and a model M isnt gonna see much transportation so its kind of a mismatched feature.

Offline chanceman42069

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 30 July 2018, 19:01:30 »
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maybe cus wireless things are common for portable lightweight objects and a model M isnt gonna see much transportation so its kind of a mismatched feature.

yes, I agree. Broadly speaking, it doesn't make much sense. The controller design is not limited to the Model M though. I actually wanted a universal keyboard controller with both a USB and a BT interface to build custom compact size Alps keyboards. The Model M is just the first real application for my design - because (at least at the time) no other replacement controller project for M-series keyboards featured BT by default, not even TMK. Hasu wrote somewhere on GH that it could be added, but not easily. BT is still a worthwhile feature for Model M SSK owners because it will free up even more space on the desk since there will no longer be an need to use a heav coiled PS/2 cable.

Jfyi, I'm not upset about poor sales, I'm just puzzled why there is such a significant discrepancy between the number of visits and the number of replies. If a thread has been viewed 10,000 times you would expect more people to have left a comment or anything. For comparison, the attached picture has only 630 clicks. I suppose some kind of bot or spider or whatnot is causing the thread view counter to increase steadily, not human activity.

Offline osrix

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 02 December 2018, 08:13:38 »
hey man are you still selling these kits?

Offline chanceman42069

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 02 December 2018, 11:07:38 »
yes, the project is alive and well, people just never leave any feedback after buying a kit, no clue why

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 26 December 2018, 21:02:48 »
I received the controller board in July and planned to have it installed before the end of that month. Life intruded and I am starting the simple install process this week. I do not expect any issues.

Offline nathanchere

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Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 27 December 2018, 03:32:38 »
I saw a cheap Model M locally and couldn't resist. As long as it scrubs up OK, I'll happily buy one of these and spread some reviews around if it helps get these moving.

maybe cus wireless things are common for portable lightweight objects and a model M isnt gonna see much transportation so its kind of a mismatched feature.

Bluetooth isn't just for portability. The HHKB which never leaves my desk is connected by Bluetooth because it makes the desk less cluttered and lets me effortlessly switch between different laptops without swapping cables, or go from work to typing on my phone or tablet when for example I want to reply to a long message. I have a Bluetooth keyboard and trackball hooked up to my media centre which never leave the lounge.