USB security dongles have become very popular thanks to a great deal of protection and security they afford for computing resources. Though you need to keep in mind that said dongles can only be used on one machine at a time, meaning, the rest of your team will have to wait for their turn. The good news is, with the right software tool, you can share a USB dongle over the network and not lose any time waiting.
The most convenient way to share a USB dongle over the Internet or a local WiFi is through the use of a specialized software app, e.g. Donglify.
Read on to find out how to share software security dongles across a network on the Windows platform and to MacOS machines. Using Donglify, this can be done very simply and reliably. To make things even better, Donglify provides three ways to use software without a dongle.
Note: Each token can be used on multiple machines simultaneously.
Service provider that are involved with licensed product maintenance for numerous customers. Deal with all your hardware license keys remotely and offer tailor-made services to each of your clients.
Licensed software developers looking for an easy way to give a product trial to potential customers without having to mail them hardware dongles. Make a dongle available for remote access through the Internet for as long as you need. No mailing cost, no dongles lost.
Large or medium business owners with numerous field staff and/or extensive branching. Share dongles through your network for every employee to access as needed whenever they go. No stress over damaging or losing any of your keys as they’ll be all safe in your main office.
Anyone who owns a licensed software product that is protected with a USB security key.
Another way of sharing USB dongles over a network is a hub. But opting for this method, you need to keep in mind the limitations dongle sharing hubs have due to being a hardware solution:
By way of example, let’s take a closer look at Smart Logic’s USB dongle sharing hubs:
SmarterX-USB: a wired hub (max. Distance to a PC is 5 m) with the 3 and 5 USB port versions, both compatible with every dongle on the market. These hubs work with Mac OS and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10. You can share a dongle with up to 5 users at a time.
SmarterX-NET: a USB dongle server plugged into a LAN switch. Dongles connected to it become instantly accessible from every networked machine, so there’s no need to physically attach the dongle to each user’s machine. You can share a dongle with up to 6 users at a time.
As you can see from this in-depth guide, Donglify is the best solution when it comes to sharing your USB security keys without violating the licensing policy as it provides secure access to the dongles. Virtually, Donglify works as a dongle sharing hub except that it doesn't have the real hub’s limitations and won’t require any extra hardware or software tools. You can easily share a USB dongle between two computers just after signing in to your Donglify account.