RemoteFX USB redirection technology boasts numerous benefits, but that doesn’t mean that it’s flawless, since certain devices do not function properly with RemoteFX USB redirection. Besides, RemoteFX for USB devices does have issues with operating system cross-compatibility (most notably regarding RemoteFX USB passthrough on Mac).
Today, we’ll share solutions for these RemoteFX USB device redirection issues, as well as how to successfully configure RemoteFX USB redirection. Additionally, users will learn the easiest method to overcome these challenges with USB for remote desktop software.
For users looking for a reliable and easy-to-use tool that makes RemoteFX USB passthrough a breeze, USB Network Gate by Electronic Team Inc. is the ideal solution. It is designed to forward devices over RDP in such a way that they appear in a remote system like they were physically attached to that machine. USB Network Gate is software allowing remote access to any USB device connected to a machine with network access.
For now, the native methods of the RDP protocol allow redirecting only devices of certain types. Often, these are printers and USB flash drives. But if you want to forward USB peripherals without any limitations concerning device type, you can opt for a USB Redirector like USB Network Gate (UNG).
The software will help you share a physical USB port with your virtual desktop. This means any device inserted into the shared port will become available for remote connection while you are working over RDP. If you unplug one peripheral and plug another one, the latter will be redirected to the remote desktop automatically.
First of all, you need to install the app on both computers that will take part in the connection:
Once done, just follow these simple steps:
On the RDP client:
On the RDP server:
So, now when you connect to the Terminal Server over RDP and get access to the locally shared USB device using USB redirection software, the peripheral will appear in the server’s Device Manager and all programs installed on that computer will work with it as though the device were connected to the server directly.
Follow the below steps to enable the RemoteFX USB redirection feature (which is disabled by default).
Note: Open Group Policy Management Console via Active Directory Group Policies if the centralized configuration is needed.
After creating and configuring a new policy (see screenshot below), link the policy to the Organizational Unit of the target machine’s location.
Compatible OS versions:
Probably the biggest difficulty you may face when trying to use RemoteFX is the complex configuration it requires. What’s more, you’ll need to make sure that:
As you can see, there are quite a lot of requirements for enabling the RemoteFX USB redirection feature.
It allows users to access and control peripheral USB devices within an RDP session when the default RDP can’t support the redirection/passthrough on its own.
RemoteFX supplements multiple high-level redirections like Port Redirection, s.a. Easy Print, Plug and Play USB Device Redirection, and more.
Starting from Windows Server 2012 and higher, RemoteFX offers extended capabilities for USB redirection over RDP. These include: