Do you have a bunch of useless USB-to-PS/2 keyboard adapters laying around? Two of them make a great female-female USB adapter – If you need one that is. Here is how I made one.

usb_to_ps2_open

Carefully crack the case open using a knife. You can be quite rough at the PS/2 end of the casing as this part will be
removed anyway. Don’t destroy the USB side of the casing as this part will be reused for our adapter casing later on.

Once opened you should basically have a USB-connector connected to a PS/2 connector covered in hot glue/plastic wrapped in a thin-foil like material (for shielding). Remove the wrapping and cut away the PS/2 connector with a knife.

Now, carefully remove the remaining plastic. Don’t worry about the soldered wires but make sure that you don’t damage the pins on the USB connector. You should end up with something like this.

usb_to_ps2_stripped

Do the same with another USB-PS/2 adapter so that you basically end up with two USB connectors.
Bring out your soldering iron and de-solder the remaining wires from the connectors.

usb_to_ps2_two_stripped

Place the connectors back-to-back and turn one of them 180 degrees so that it becomes “up-side-down”. If you don’t do this you’ll end up connecting the pins in the wrong way.
To make the pins touch each other you’ll have to bend them roughly 30-45 degrees. Solder the pins together.

usb_to_ps2_soldered

Cut out a piece of wire and solder it to the casing off each connector. You can use the existing solder points used for the shielding/ground or create a new. Some flux will help a lot here.

usb_to_ps2_soldered_gnd_side

That’s it for the connector. Next up is to creating a new casing using the existing casings. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of this process.
Take on pair of the two cases, take one of the two pieces and place the USB-USB adapter inside it . Make a mark on the casing approximately in the middle of where the soldered pins meet.
Cut at this point and do the same for the same half of the other case. Just do a rough cut and file the pieces until the adapter fits. Once the bottom fits, do the same for the top part using the bottom pieces as a template.

Place it in the new casing and pour some hot glue over it to make it steady. Glue the top on and it’s complete.
usb_to_usb_half_assembled

USB-USB female adapter in action.
usb_to_usb_assembled

Will it be as good as a commercial adapter? probably not. Will it effect data transmission? probably (depending on how good the solder joints are). Cheaper than a commercial adapter? yep (assuming you already have the parts needed and don’t factor in the labor :))

6 Responses to “DIY: Female-Female USB-adapter”
  1. teteman says:

    strange, does not work for me, my handyset does not recognize any device. (yes my phone is usb host capable^^)

  2. Binosh says:

    It is working and help to connect some hardware.

  3. tom says:

    @nilay — me too!

  4. nilay says:

    @botpl — exactly same reason to come here!!

  5. botpl says:

    For example you install Entended Linux Kernel for nokia n900 because you want to connect your joystick or pendrive to this phone.
    So you must have usb female>female adapter to connect your usb device into n900
    P.S. Sorry for my English

  6. Matt says:

    THis is interesting to me, but for what would one use this? Thanks for any info you can provide.

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