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Olga Weis Olga Weis Jun 1, 2021

How can I access my USB device remotely?

Connecting USB scanners, printers, or other hardware devices is commonly done using a cable and your computer’s USB ports. Unfortunately, this only makes the device accessible to one machine and might be impossible with new laptops that lack physical USB ports. But there is a way to get past these limitations by using USB over Ethernet technology.

Remote USB Access with USB Network Gate

USB Network Gate lets easily connect one or more remote USB devices to your computer over Network (Internet/LAN/WAN) as if the device was plugged into your own machine. It doesn't matter if you are in another country or in the next door office, you can always use a remote device (scanner, printer, webcam, modem, USB dongle, etc.) as if they were connected directly to your PC.

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Steps for remote USB connection:

In order to connect to a remote USB port, you first have to share USB device at the computer it is physically plugged in. After that, it is easy to access the remote USB device with a shared device from any computer and use it as if it was directly connected to your machine.
Install USB Network Gate and launch it.
Then switch to "Remote USB devices" tab and see the list of remote devices. Select the remote USB device you want to use and press "Connect".
Though you already see the remote device in the list, it doesn't mean it's already connected to your local PC. It's shared at the remote end, assigned to your client PC, but not connected yet. When you want to connect to a remote USB device, select it from the list and press "Establish connection" button. Enter the password if it is required by remote USB device and press "Connect" to continue.
After the connection is established, a remote USB device will appear in system resources as if it were connected to this computer directly.
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Following are the main features and benefits of USB Network Gate:

  1. USB devices can be shared between multiple network-attached computers simultaneously.

  2. Access to remote USB devices can be controlled with password protection so only authorized personnel can use the equipment.

  3. USB Network Gate supports establishing a remote USB connection to virtual environments, blade servers, or in a remote desktop (RDP) session. The tool supports virtual machines on the Citrix XenDesktop, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware ESX platforms.

  4. USB Network Gate supports the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems and offers cross-platform connectivity by allowing any combination of supported systems to share USB devices without the need to install device drivers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

USB Network Gate enables USB devices to be shared over a TCP-based network such as the Internet or a corporate LAN. The software enables remote access with the same level of functionality as that achieved through a physical connection to the peripheral. Using this solution increases the value of USB scanners, dongles, and other devices by making them available to multiple users in any network-connected location.
USB Network Gate uses virtualization to share USB traffic over both wired and wireless networks. The server software translates the USB signals from the device into information that can be transmitted over the network. This information is received by the client software which turns the data back into USB signals that are read by a virtual USB port.

The server and client modules are combined in USB Network Gate so you only need one application. Once it’s installed, the computer can serve as a server or client for remote USB access.
With remote USB over Ethernet connectivity, you can share USB devices with colleagues across the globe simultaneously. It offers an excellent method of providing remote technical support for problem devices. With the software installed at both ends of the connection, technical support can access the device as if they were directly connected to it and quickly troubleshoot and resolve any issues.
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