Some software programs require a hardware USB dongle for correct functioning. But what if you decide to work with a program that requires a hardware key in virtual environment? As you perhaps know there is no full-blown mechanism of connecting USB devices to virtual machines in Hyper-V. When server is virtualized, all references to USB bus and devices connected to it are lost.

The latest versions of VMware feature the mechanism of connecting USB devices to virtual servers; however it has some settings peculiarities. For those who use earlier versions of VMware the question of how to redirect USB devices is as vital as for the users of Hyper-V. Other virtual machines may have the same issue.
All these issues are easily solved by USB Network Gate. It redirects any USB device (like USB dongles, USB modems, USB disks, etc.) over a local network from one server to another.
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USB Network Gate

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USB Network Gate

USB Network Gate is a client-server solution, meaning that its server side gives access to USB devices to other computers on the network or to Virtual Machines, and client side allows using them as local resources. You can use any computer connected to the network as a server, either Windows, Mac or Linux one.

Things you'll need

All you need is USB Network Gate and a USB dongle you need to be shared. You won't need any additional hardware or wires. Download free trial version of USB Network Gate here.

USB Network Gate

Requirements for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.62MB size
Version 8.0.1859 (2nd Nov, 2017) Release notes
Category: CommunicationApplication