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- Version 9.2.2372. (17 Apr, 2021). Release notes
- Category: Network Software
We welcome you to the complete guide on USB device redirection to Parallels Desktop virtual machines. In this guide, you will find simple instructions on how to make real USB devices accessible in a Parallels virtual environment in the easiest way possible.
Anyone who wants to effortlessly forward USB devices from the local computer to any remote virtual desktop can do this with a couple of mouse clicks. Below are the details.
In a nutshell, Parallels Desktop is a fast and handy virtualization application that lets you work with Windows programs on a Maс computer. The solution makes it possible to simultaneously run both Windows and macOS operating systems and access Windows apps side by side with macOS apps.
With Parallels Desktop, you can switch to Windows OS at any time with no need to reboot your Mac. What’s more, the software gives you a way to start Windows apps right from the Finder utility and move files between Windows File Explorer and Finder by using the drag-and-drop method.
Let’s say you have an Android smartphone physically attached to one Mac and your aim is to access this phone from a virtual machine on Parallels Desktop launched on another remote Mac. On the surface, it seems pretty challenging, as Parallels doesn’t offer a native method to achieve this.
But that’s where a dedicated third-party tool, USB over Network, comes into play. USB over Network (aka USB Network Gate) is an increasingly popular cross-platform app designed for remote access to USB ports and devices.
It works with all major platforms, including macOS, Windows, Linux and Android. It allows redirecting USB to a virtual environment, an RDP session and any remote computer across the Internet and LAN.
Apart from a seamless redirection of USB peripherals to a Parallels Desktop environment, USB Network Gate offers the following advanced features:
✅ Support for USB devices of virtually any type;
✅ Powerful encryption that reliably protects your data from being intercepted while traveling to its destination;
✅ Compatibility with virtualization apps like VMware, Citrix XenDesktop, VirtualBox, and Hyper-V to name a few;
✅ And many more.
The good news for all Parallels fans is that the latest Parallels Desktop version for Mac brings support for both M1 and Intel chips. That means now you can use Parallels Desktop for Windows 10 installation on Intel-powered and Apple M1 chip-powered Mac computers.
The utilization of Windows on M1 Macs has some limitations though. You should take into account that to run Windows 10 on an M1 Mac, you need the ARM processor version of Windows.
That Windows version is only available now as Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview. In order to get it, you should first enroll in the free Windows Insider Program and then you’ll be able to download it at the Windows Insider Preview Downloads web page.
Once downloaded, you should have no problem creating a new Windows 10 on ARM virtual machine in your Parallels Desktop app.
As you already know, one of the simplest ways to enable USB pass-through on any Mac is to use a dedicated software app USB Network Gate.
One of the standout features that USB Network Gate has to offer today is the compatibility with Apple M1 Mac computers. The software currently provides the ability to share USB devices on M1 Macs so that the devices become available for access from remote computers (real or virtual Windows, Linux, or Mac machines).
On top of that, the software manufacturers have recently announced that the version for Windows on ARM is coming soon. Sounds great, doesn't it?