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USB over Ethernet
Share USB device over Network

USB Network Gate enables you to share USB over network and access multiple peripherals as if they were directly attached to your computer. Share USB devices over any network (Internet, LAN or WAN) making your equipment accessible from anywhere in the world.

USB over Ethernet is a professional software which lets you share assets such as scanners, USB hubs, and dongles with any network-attached machine.
Also available on: Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android operating systems.
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Here’s when USB over Network comes to the rescue

Share USB over Network

USB Network Gate offers users a full-featured software solution that provides the ability to share a USB device with any networked computer. Make full use of your printers, scanners, and USB dongles by sharing USB over a network. It allows personnel throughout any size office to take advantage of the equipment without a single USB extender or adapter, any additional CAT6 cabling or extra hardware.

Access the remote USB device

With professional-grade software designed to enable remote connection to USB ports, you can easily access remote USB devices (e.g. printers) through a wireless network no matter the USB peripherals’ physical location. Access a remote USB port as if it was a real USB interface on your machine. Since you won’t need any extension cables when using this remote USB solution, the distance between you and the target device becomes irrelevant.

Share USB devices over RDP

If you need USB for Remote Desktop capability, USB Network Gate is the perfect solution. It provides USB port redirection that lets you work with networked USB peripherals from any Remote Desktop session. Share USB devices over RDP using unique USB-over-RDP technology.

Access USB devices in virtual machines

It’s very easy to connect a USB gadget to a virtual machine remotely if you have USB Network Gate installed in your operating system. With this software app, you can implement VMWare USB passthrough functionality to access USB devices in virtual machines or share all of your networked USB-based devices with your virtual session.

The cross-platform solution to share USB over IP

USB Network Gate offers USB over IP capability for all popular operating systems. This software can help you to turn one of your machines into a server to share USB over IP on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. It’s a great cross-platform solution to share USB over IP in mixed environments. You can access a device connected to USB ports of any type of supported OS from a PC running a different operating system.

Share USB device safely

The security of your data is critically important. It is your company’s most valuable asset. USB Network Gate provides a secure method to remotely access USB dongles, webcams, and even a USB hub. Share USB over Ethernet safely by enabling the embedded traffic encryption option. Also you can password protect your connections to limit access to devices making full use of the USB to Ethernet technology in your computing environment.

Supported devices

USB Network Gate (former USB to Ethernet Connector) easily connects one or more remote USB devices to your computer over Ethernet.

Equipment

 
  • 3D Printers
  • Cameras
  • Card readers
  • Digital TV Tuners
  • Webcams
  • Personal video recorder
  • Fingerprint readers
  • ID card scanners
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Modems
  • USB ANT Stick
  • Portable Thermometers
  • Multifunctionals
  • Plotters, Cutters
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • USB Scales
  • Barcode scanners
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Universal Programmers
  • USB Monitors
  • USB Wireless Presenter
  • Smart Card Readers
  • Digital Mixers

Communication

 
  • BlackBerry
  • Gamepads
  • Graphic Tablets
  • Handhelds
  • Home Monitoring & Control System
  • iPads & iPhones
  • iPods
  • Keyboards
  • MIDI Controllers
  • Mouse Devices
  • USB Dongles
  • USB DVD Drives
  • Android Devices
  • USB Hard Drives
  • Wireless Weather Stations
  • USB VOIP (Skype) Phone
  • Universal remote control

Data Input/Output

 
  • Bluetooth adapters
  • Credit Card Readers
  • Depth Sensors
  • Elgato Turbo.264HD Hardware Accelerator
  • Infrared adapters
  • J2534 interface cables
  • JTAG/SWD debugging interface
  • KNX/EIB USB Interface
  • Software Defined Receiver
  • USB Adapters
  • USB Graphic Adapter
  • USB Network interfaces
  • USB Satellite Receivers
  • USB sound cards/headsets
  • USB TAPs
  • USB to COM cables
  • USB Wi-Fi adapters
* Note that we cannot guarantee that all the models of the device types mentioned above are supported. If you have found that the model you are using fails to work with USB Network Gate, contact us. We will highly appreciate your assistance in this matter.

How USB over Network works


USB Network Gate successfully combines two parts, server and client, in one application. The server module allows sharing USB devices over the network while the client module lets you connect to shared devices remotely.


Here’s how to provide access to USB over Ethernet in a few simple steps:

Step 1
1
Install USB Network Gate on the server computer to which the device you are going to share is connected directly.
Step 2
2
Start the app and find the peripheral in the “Local USB devices” tab. Next to the device click “Share”
Step 3
3
On a client machine, install the software and start it.
Step 4
4
Open the “Remote USB devices” tab and click the “Connect” button next to the required peripheral.

What are the spheres of application for USB over Ethernet technology?

There are many situations where sharing USB over Ethernet is the best solution. Below you’ll find just some of the most common scenarios.

Connecting to a USB hard drive from multiple machines at a time

If you want to back up data onto one large USB hard drive over the network, then a software-based USB extender is just what you need. With its help, you can use one of your PCs as a server to share USB external hard drives on a network so that several computers will be able to access the same USB hard drive over a local network. What is more, USB Network Gate 9.1 offers enhanced Data Transfer Speed for USB 3.0 Drives. Our tests show up to 33 Mbps read speed and 28 Mbps write speed.

Sharing a webcam among multiple users

Want to know how to access a webcam from a remote PC? Well, if you don’t want to carry your device along and just wish to connect to it from a remote computer, there’s a solution. As long as you’re in the network, USB over LAN technology is a perfect way to get remote access to security cameras from anywhere. To make USB webcams accessible through the network, you just need to share the device with a special USB redirector app and set up a video signal using a dedicated one-click software solution.

Using one keyboard and mouse with two PCs

To get your work done in an efficient way, you may need to enable remote access to your input and output devices. Thanks to USB over network technology which shares the peripherals through all your local network, using one keyboard and mouse for two PCs with no extension cords or additional CAT6 wires has never been so easy.

Sharing peripheral devices in an office

Do you have lots of PCs and a limited number of peripherals in your office? No need to buy additional devices, just share them over the network. Whichever of your machines all those assets are physically plugged into, all employees will be able to connect those scanners, laser plotters, cameras, or even a USB hub over WiFi. All you need to share a printer is a compact USB over Wi-Fi software application installed on the USB server - the machine to which the required device is connected physically.

Sharing security dongles

Looking for a way to copy your hardware license key? You can do this with the help of a reliable software powered by USB to IP technology like USB Network Gate or FlexiHub. That’s totally safe to do thanks to the SSL encryption. Whether you’re planning to share a USB key between several computers or just want to prevent your dongle from being damaged or lost, these compact apps can always be relied on to make your device accessible across the network.

Connecting remotely to Android devices

Need to test your app on an Android device which can’t be physically attached to your local computer? Access your Android devices remotely! USB to Ethernet technology will not only allow you to communicate with a required gadget over the network but will also provide full access to its functionality as though the device were attached directly to your PC.

Frequently Asked Questions

The USB server is a machine to which the USB gadget you need to share is connected physically. The client is a computer from which you will connect to the shared USB over the Internet.
No, the software license is not required for establishing client connections to shared devices. However, you will need to register your USB Network Gate copy on the server computer to be able to share your devices over the network.
You can share a device on a USB Network Gate server even if the device drivers are not installed locally. The device drivers need to be installed only on the client machine from which you will remotely connect to the shared device.
USB Network Gate works with USB devices of virtually any type. The software is not limited to particular device models. The program is compatible with specialized USB equipment including fingerprint readers, ID card scanners, interactive whiteboards, modems, etc. Plus, with a wide range of other popular devices, e.i. USB dongle keys, USB DVD drives, Android devices, USB hard drives, Bluetooth adapters, USB sound headsets, keyboards, and many others.
Yes, USB Network Gate makes it possible to connect to iPhones and other iOS devices remotely without a hardware adapter by providing access to them over both your local network and the Internet.
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