How to access a local USB dongle in VirtualBox
You may be aware that VirtualBox 5.0 includes USB dongle passthrough support. Here are simple instruction to assist you in using a USB dongle in VirtualBox.
- The free VirtualBox Extension Pack can be installed as an option to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds.
- After installation on Windows, Linux, or other supported platforms, start your virtual machine.
- Connect the USB dongle to your host computer’s USB port.
- Navigate to Devices -> USB, and click on ‘USB device to share’.
After you connect the USB dongle to VirtualBox, the shared USB device will become available in your host OS. The USB dongle will be recognized by your virtual machine providing complete access to your device. In this manner, VirtualBox allows you to connect to a USB dongle remotely.
Keep in mind that USB devices can only be accessed by one machine at a time.