USB Splitter - solving the issue of using a USB device on several PCs

Olga Weis

Contents


  1. USB splitter hardware: what is it?
  2. Why choose software USB device splitter?
  3. USB Network Gate: the best USB splitter app

What is a USB port splitter?


A USB splitter is a compact hardware device designed to divide one USB port into several lines so that a user can attach one peripheral to several computers simultaneously. You simply connect your USB device to this hardware and it runs separate communication lines to each computer.

USB splitter

Many people find this method rather efficient despite the fact that a hardware USB hub splitter connects to PCs via USB cables limited in length. But if you’re looking for a solution that will split USB interfaces wirelessly, we’re ready to tell you about the advanced software that can easily solve this task better than you can expect.

Why choose software USB device splitter?


Well, if you are going to split a USB peripheral between two machines situated in the same room, the hardware is likely to help you cope with this mission. However, when it comes to splitting a USB device between computers located far from each other, let’s say in different buildings, cities, or even countries, the hardware solution does not seem that good. The reason: USB splitter cables are limited by the distance.

To overcome this challenge you may use a dedicated software called USB Network Gate. This program works over the Internet and allows splitting USB ports among multiple computers no matter the distance.

USB Network Gate: the best
USB splitter app


USB Network Gate has been developed by Eltima Software for sharing USB ports (and devices attached to them) across the network. The program is based on powerful port virtualization technology that let’s create a virtual copy of any USB device and redirect it to a remote computer.


USB Network Gate logo

USB Network Gate


Requirements: Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/2003/2008/ Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2012. 5.62MB free space. Version 8.0.1859. (4th Nov, 2017). 4.9 Rank based on 179+ users, Reviews(72)
Category: Networking Software
With this specialized utility, you don’t need any additional USB splitter boxes or cables, you’ll be able to wirelessly access the same device from as many remote computers as you need.
USB Network Gate

To achieve this, you’ll need to just install the app on each PC that will communicate with the device. USB Network Gate supports USB peripherals of virtually any type, starting from 3D mice and printers and finishing with sophisticated USB-based laboratory equipment.

The software multi USB splitter is extremely simple to configure and use. Here’s what you need to do to split your device with USB Network Gate:

  1. Plug your USB peripheral into the local computer (server) that will share the device over the network. Download USB Network Gate and install it on this PC, start the application. Now, you’ll see the device in the “Share local USB devices” tab. In order to split it, click the ‘Share’ button next to the device.

  2. Go to a remote computer (client). Download and install USB Network Gate there too. Launch the program, open the “Remote USB devices” tab and find the device in the list of the ones shared on the server machine. Click “Connect” to get access to the device.

Here you go! Now, you can use the functionality of the remote USB device, as if it is plugged directly into your computer.

USB Network Gate

Requirements for Windows: XP/2003/2008/Vista/7/8/10, Server 2012
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.62MB size
Version 8.0.1859 (4th Nov, 2017) Release notes
Category: Networking Software