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This article will discuss the lack of native USB redirection in Chrome Remote Desktop and offer a third-party solution that addresses this flaw and enables the USB to remote desktop functionality.
Google Chrome Remote Desktop is a free and easy method of connecting to a remote computer or sharing your screen with friends or colleagues. With more people working remotely, the ability to connect to a work machine from home has become very important. The tool works with computers like a PC or Chromebook as well as iOS and Android devices.
Unfortunately, there is no native capability to share USB over Chrome Remote Desktop. This makes the solution less useful for remote workers as it limits the amount of information that can be obtained remotely. Without the ability to access external drives, printers, and other USB peripherals, many users will not be able to perform their jobs remotely using Chrome Remote Desktop.
This is a problem that has plagued Chrome users for years, and a quick look at online forums will turn up a lot of complaints about the lack of USB support. People are finding that the limitation severely hinders their ability to use Chrome Remote Desktop. To date, there is still no native support in the tool, but there are other ways to implement Chrome Remote Desktop USB redirection.
This USB over Remote Desktop software solution runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Any combination of client-server platforms is possible, allowing you to easily share USB devices among computers running different operating systems.
To share USB devices with a remote desktop, USB Network Gate needs to be installed on the machine that is directly connected to the USB device you wish to share, which will be called the ‘Server’. The software also should be installed on the computer that will share the USB device remotely, which we will call the ‘Client’.
USB Network Gate will display the USB devices that are shared from the remote computer and can be connected. If the device is not in the list, you can also search the network for shared USB devices manually indicating the IP address/name of the server machine.
BTW, enabling the RDP auto-connect option retains connection settings in the Remote Desktop session so connectivity is automatically established without requiring you to start the USB Network Gate GUI.
The Android version of USB Network Gate lets you redirect USB traffic from a peripheral connected to a device running Chrome OS. With the Chrome OS support for Android apps, the device can then be accessed through Chrome Remote Desktop.
The following steps let you remotely access a USB device attached to a machine running Chrome OS.
Once the connection is established, the remote client has the same level of control over the USB device as if it was directly connected to the equipment.
The Android version of USB Network Gate only operates as a server. It only allows you to share USB devices physically connected to the Android machine.