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Remote Desktop Printer Redirection is the functionality required to enable a local printer to be mapped to a remote RDP session. It enables users to print from a Remote Desktop across the Internet or a corporate network.
There is no direct support for using a USB printer over RDP. A subset of USB devices can be accessed under RDP, but additional support is required to print over an RDP connection. The Electronic Team offers a third-party solution that makes it easy to configure and use a USB printer over RDP.
USB Network Gate is a software tool that solves the problem of how to redirect a printer over RDP. With Remote Desktop printing software, users can access any network-attached USB printer from within their RDP session. The software employs advanced port virtualization technology to enable Remote Desktop printing as well as making it possible to access any other USB devices connected to a shared USB port. Sharing a USB port over the network makes any attached device available to anyone on the same network. Devices can easily be swapped in and out without requiring any additional configuration.
With USB Network Gate, RDP remote printing can be implemented by following the steps outlined below. Once the configuration is complete, users can print over RDP as well as access other USB devices connected to the shared USB interface.
To enable printer redirection in RDP sessions, USB Network Gate has to be installed on the machine with the physical connection to the USB device and the remote machine that needs to access the peripheral.
Note: For ease of use, the server and client components of USB Network Gate are all included in a single application. Only the server portion needs to be registered when you want to redirect a local network printer to use with RDP. The client does not need to be registered.
Shared USB devices can be accessed and used by any Network Gate client with the same level of functionality as that of a direct physical connection to the peripheral. The printer will be recognized by Device Manager and will be handled in the same way as a local device.