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How we work has been permanently changed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working from home was introduced to stem the spread of the virus and will continue to be the way many individuals perform their jobs. Remote Desktop Connection became one of the most essential tools when working from home, but it can be difficult for users to access a webcam over a remote desktop session, making it impossible to join video meetings with colleagues.
We are going to demonstrate a solution that will help you to connect a webcam to a remote desktop session.
How to use a local webcam on remote desktop without needing any additional configuration changes? USB Network Gate redirects a virtual copy of the webcam to the remote session, providing a reliable means of transmitting video data. With USB Network Gate, it’s possible to engage in quality video conferencing with low latency from an RDP session.
USB Network Gate allows users running RDP sessions to use locally attached webcams with the same functionality of a direct connection.
Once the connection is fully established, the remote desktop’s Device Manager will recognize the webcam and give the user the same control as that enjoyed by physically connecting to the peripheral.
You may have options when joining a video call. It’s possible to connect using the host machine or from within an RDP session. There are advantages to both methods in certain situations. We are going to demonstrate how to enable USB passthrough so you can use a local webcam in an RDP session.
You need to have a webcam available. It can be connected via USB or be a built-in model on a laptop or monitor. Open the Remote Desktop Connection by running mstsc.exe. Navigate to the “Local Resources” tab, expand the section, and click “More…” under Local devices and resources.
Under “Video capture devices” you should find your USB webcam. Check the box to enable the device and save the session.
After connecting, you will be able to access the webcam with remote desktop to join meetings or conferences from an RDP session.