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How to redirect a 3D Mouse in Remote Desktop Session

Editorial Team Editorial Team Aug 27, 2023

Table of contents:

  1. How do I use 3D mouse with Remote Desktop
  2. 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse use over RDP

Today we’ll discuss 3Dconnexion remote desktop access for users who’d like to know how to redirect a 3D mouse in remote desktop. The following article demonstrates just how simple it can be to use a 3D mouse over RDP.

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How Do I Use 3D Mouse With Remote Desktop?

If a 3D mouse utilizes a USB interface, the user will need the option to redirect transmitted data to a specified RDP (remote desktop session). Many users wonder: “How do I get my 3D mouse to work through remote desktop?”, and that’s a reasonable question, considering that using a 3D mouse over remote desktop is difficult.

One remote desktop 3D mouse option is RemoteFX USB redirection. RemoteFX USB redirection permits the users to gain access to a USB-connected 3D mouse over remote desktop.

RemoteFX USB redirection lets someone use 3D mouse over RDP, though issues regarding inconsistent device reliability and performance do exist.

Details regarding the 3D Application Mouse Movement RDP Issue: The 3D mouse behaves as it should up until it redirects to the 3D environment. Whilst in the 3D environment, users no longer have control over the 3D mouse’s movements due to driver issues.

How to use 3D mouse over RDP: step-by-step tutorial

USB Network Gate is a 3rd-party remote desktop 3D mouse software solution that streamlines USB device redirection. For example, USB Network Gate makes it quite easy to access a 3Dconnexion through remote desktop.

Follow the steps below to learn how to use 3D mouse with remote Desktop via USB Network Gate:

Download and install USB Network Gate on the server - a computer with a physically connected 3D mouse.
 download and install usb network gate
Install USB Network Gate on the RDP client - a computer that needs remote access to the mouse. Then launch USB Network Gate on RDP server.
 launch usb network gate on rdp server
On the ‟Local Devices” tab, select the 3D mouse in the list of devices and, if necessary, click ‟Sharing Options” (you can configure the port number, enable encryption, etc). Click ‟Share” after adjusting the options.
 sharing options
Establish an RDP session by entering the IP address of the client computer. Run USB Network Gate on the RDP client. On the Remote Devices tab, select the 3D mouse and click Connect.
 select the 3d mouse and click connect

NOTE: In order for the 3D mouse to work correctly, you need to install the official drivers.

That’s it! The 3D mouse is now available in your RDP session and ready for use.

Check out the video guide below to use 3D mouse over RDP:

 video guide

3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Use Over RDP

The use of SpaceMouse devices temporarily has been increasing in remote environments. At present, 3dconnexion offers no remote solutions for their systems and devices.

So, if the remote solution you use doesn't natively support USB devices, you can take help from the following information.

If you are a Microsoft RDP user, enable RemoteFX. You can refer to the below description for more details.

Note: The information provided here will just help expand SpiceMouse, so, please do not expect that you can use all its features.

In addition, you must note that you won't be able to use a wireless device unless you connect it to a cable. Also, you can't transfer CadMouse to a remote machine but it's possible to use CadMouse in the form of a standard 2-dimensional mouse with no driver.

RemoteFX System Requirements: For running RemoteFX on your system, you need to have at least Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 Pro Sp1 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Steps to Use RemoteFX to Perform USB Redirection in Windows Remote Desktop Connections

If you want to enable USB redirection using RemoteFX in Windows Remote Desktop connections, you must make specific changes on both client and host systems. Since RemoteFX doesn't support universal receivers, just connect your wireless system through a cable.

Open GPedit
  • Click on "start" and then search for gpedit
 group policy-app
Open the group policy editor option: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services
 remote desktop services
Now, change the below policies: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Connection Client -> Allowed RDP redirection of other RemoteFX USB systems that are supported -> Enable it
 RemoteFX USB systems enable
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Connections -> Allowe user to connect remotely by using Remote Desktop Services -> Enable it
 Remote Desktop Services enable
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Device and Resource Redirection -> Do not allow supported Plug and Play Device redirection -> Disable it.
 Plug and Play Device redirection Disable
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Remote Session Environment -> Configure RemoteFX -> Enable it.
 Configure RemoteFX Enable

Next, open the command prompt. Make sure you have administrative rights. Enter gpupdate /force. In the end, restart your device.

Once you have restarted the machine, open the installed RDP client on it. For this, you can click on "Start" and look for RDP. After you open the RDP client, locate the “Local Resources” tab and click on the "More" option.

Moreover, find and open the option - “Other supported RemoteFX USB devices”. Once opened, it will show you the connected 3D mouse. Next, you must activate the 3D mouse by checking the box appearing.

So, the next time you connect through the RDP, the device gets forwarded to the targeted system.

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