In many cases, USB dongles or security keys are designed for use by one individual on a single computer. While they afford a great deal of protection and security for your computing resources, in certain situations, dongles can impede a team from accessing equipment and performing their duties.
Fortunately, there is a method of dongle sharing that can be used over any network, including the Internet or a local WiFi implementation.
USB Network Gate is a specialized software tool that enables you to share a dongle over a network. It accomplishes this feat by virtualizing the security key and enabling it to be used on a remote computer as if it were directly connected to the machine. The application creates a totally secure connection to remote USB devices, including security dongles. In this way, you can duplicate the functionality of the dongle and share it among multiple users.
Let’s take a look at sharing a USB port and dongle on the Windows platform using USB Network Gate.
In order to clone a USB dongle, follow these steps:
- Download and install USB Network Gate on the computer to which the dongle is physically attached. This will be known as the server. The client machine is the computer that will remotely access the device.
- Launch Network Gate on the Server. In the app’s ‘Share local USB devices’ tab select the dongle and click ‘Share’.
- Start the program on the Client machine. Locate the shared dongle in the list of devices and click ‘Connect’.
• When you share a USB dongle it is no longer accessible locally.
• You need to have an external IP address that is accessible from other machines if you plan on sharing a USB dongle over the network.
• In order to connect to the USB dongle remotely by the client, it must be attached to the server’s shared USB port. The recommended sequence of events is to attach the dongle and then share the port. If you are certain that the port is free, you can share it first and then connect the USB device.
• Accessing the USB dongle from the client side requires that it is shared on the server in a similar manner as when sharing a remote storage device across the network.
You can choose to either Connect once or Connect, and there is a major difference in the two options.
• If you choose the Connect once option, USB Network Gate will not attempt to recreate the connection.
• When choosing the Connect option, the software will attempt to re-establish the connection if it is broken for any reason.
That’s all you need to do and now you will see the dongle in the client computer’s Device Manager. You use it as if it is physically attached to your machine.
Employing USB Network Gate enables you to share any security dongle over the network. Here are some of the more popular devices that can be used with this advanced communication software: Sentinel Hardlock, Rutoken ECP, AvPass, AvToken, HASP HL, Sentinel HL, iKey 1000, Guardant Stealth, Codemeter