How to use
USB Redirector



Table of Contents:

  1. What is USB Redirector?
  2. Access USB devices while working in RDP
  3. Access USB devices in a virtual machine session
  4. Access MFD from any room of your office
  5. USB redirection for thin/zero clients
  6. Access USB devices from blade servers

What is USB Redirector?


USB Redirector (aka USB Network Gate) is a professional software solution that allows any number of USB devices or interfaces to be shared across an IP-based network such as a LAN, WAN, VLAN, VPN to the Internet.

How to use USB Redirector

How USB Redirection software works:


Using this USB redirector software allows you to define client remote computers that interact with USB devices connected to a server. The USB redirector client machines gain full functionality to the network-attached peripheral devices and can use them as if they were physically connected. When using USB redirection, the devices are recognized as local devices by applications so there is no negative impact on system performance.

USB redirector does not share the actual devices. It works by sharing the USB ports which then enables devices to be hot-swapped using the shared interface. You can unplug a device and connect a new one which will be immediately made available to the remote client.

List of supported OSes:


This versatile USB redirection software is available for the Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems. The clients can be from multiple platforms and can interact with the USB redirector server regardless of differences in their operating systems. It’s a true cross-platform solution for sharing USB devices.

Here are some situations where you can use USB Redirection software.

Access USB devices while working in a remote desktop session


One of the problems faced with remote desktop sessions is the inability to create local USB over RDP connectivity. Locally-attached devices are not available from within the remote desktop session. Getting around this limitation is easy with USB redirection to RDP software.


1
USB Redirector needs to be installed on the local machine which has the USB device connected. This computer will be the server. The RDP USB redirector software also is required to be installed on the remote machine which you connect to with your RDP session.
2
Use the software’s interface to share the USB device on the local machine. From within the RDP session, simply use the software to connect to the shared device. That’s all you need to do to access any network-attached USB device from within an RDP session with USB Redirector.


Access USB devices in a virtual
machine session


The active window of a virtual machine cannot access USB peripherals connected to its physical host computer. Accessing USB devices from a VM is limited by the number of USB ports available on the virtual machine. Using USB Redirector solves this problem for VM users.

Using the software tool enables VM users to access USB devices that are connected to any physical machine on your network, including the local host computer. Here’s how to use USB Redirector with a virtual machine.


1
Download USB Redirector and install the software on the real and virtual machines.
Step 1
2
Share a USB device from the physical machine (server). This can be the local host or any network-connected computer.
Step 2
3
Create a connection from the virtual machine client to the remotely shared device.
Step 3
4
USB devices that are shared with USB Redirector show up immediately in the virtual machine’s Device Manager. You can use the remote USB device in your session with the same functionality as if it were directly attached to your computer.
Step 4

Access MFD from any room of your office


A typical example of using USB Redirector in an office setting is to share a multifunction device such as a printer/scanner with multiple coworkers. You certainly don’t want to be moving the equipment around to allow various users to access the device. You might also want to use USB Redirector with a license key or dongle without being required to plug it into everyone’s computer. Here’s how to resolve this issue.

Here is a video tutorial on how to share a printer or scanner with USB Redirector software:

USB redirection for thin/zero clients


Thin clients can also take advantage of USB Redirector. Share USB devices that are connected to the thin client on the local machine and use them from a remote desktop.

Access USB devices from blade servers


Access to USB devices from a remote blade server is also possible with USB Redirector. Simply connect the device to any computer in the network which will act as the server. Install USB Redirector on this machine as well as the blade server client. Share the device from the server and the blade server can obtain its full functionality.


USB Network Gate

Requirements for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.59MB size
Version 8.1.2013 (11th Jun, 2019) Release notes
Category: CommunicationApplication