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USB Terminal Server

Dec 19, 2019

Large terminal servers are often used in business to allow multiple users to run Remote Desktop sessions. USB redirection to the terminal server is needed if the users want to access USB devices from within their RDP sessions.

How to use USB across terminal server

The problems of USB redirection to the Terminal Server:

Using USB with thin clients can pose difficulties that require USB redirection to be employed.

  • Remote desktop protocols only support a limited subset of USB peripheral devices. Using USB with a terminal server also may involve making extensive configuration changes on both sides of the communication.
  • It can seem impossible to connect to a USB zero client device from a remote session. The peripheral devices are only accessible from the local session when used with a thin client.


Electronic Team, Inc. has designed a software solution to this problem.
Their USB Redirection software can fully emulate any type of USB connection by creating virtualized copies which can be redirected to any network-attached computer.

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This terminal server thin client USB redirection solution supports the Citrix ICA and Remote Desktop Protocol. It enables users in remote sessions to access USB devices with the same functionality as if they were locally attached.

Read on to find out how to use USB devices across terminal server clients.

Step-by-step guide

Here’s how to implement thin client USB redirection with this software solution:

  1. Install the software on all network-connected computers that will be accessing the USB devices.

  2. Launch the application on the local thin client machine and use it to share the desired USB device.

  3. Set up an RDP connection to the remote desktop that needs to use the USB device.

  4. Run USB Network Gate on the remote server. In the “Remote USB devices” tab, locate and select the device by clicking the “Connect” button. The peripheral device is immediately connected to the remote session and will appear as if it is locally attached in Device Manager.

For simplicity, when using this RDP USB redirector, the only devices seen by the guest OS will be those that you have shared. It also provides the ability to search the network for shared devices.

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Main benefits of using USB Redirector with thin-client software

  1. 1

    Complete Support for USB Pass-through

    The software provides USB redirection not limited by the device class. That means users of remote machines will be able to access the full functionality of a USB device as though it were connected to their thin clients locally.

  2. 2

    UX Optimization

    All types of USB devices are supported by USB Redirector. This includes many peripherals that usually cannot be used in an RDP session like smart card readers, scanners, flash drives, and 3D mice.

  3. 3

    USB Device Isolation

    USB device isolation on a per-session basis enables assigning specific USB devices to a designated user. This facility can be very helpful in a multi-user implementation.

    USB Terminal Server - USB Device Isolation

    Using per-session USB device isolation, the USB devices assigned to an RDP session are not visible outside of that session. This means other users are not aware of the devices used in that session. USB flash drives and cameras are supported for device isolation. When connecting the device over RDP, check the device isolation option to enable this feature.

  4. 4

    Multiple platform deployment

    USB Redirector allows you to implement true cross-platform connectivity with support for the Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems. Any platform can be used to share devices with machines running any supported OS.

  5. 5

    Competitive edge

    Making better use of your organization’s USB devices can furnish a competitive edge and enable you to maximize your resources. A secure USB redirection connection is easily accomplished by installing the software on both terminal server and thin client. After that, you can redirect USB peripherals to any network-connected machine with just a couple of clicks without any complicated configuration changes.

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