Guide to using a smart card reader in VirtualBox
You may know that VirtualBox 5.0 comes with smart card reader passthrough support. Here are some simple instructions on how to connect a smart card reader in VirtualBox.
- To take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds you can optionally install the free VirtualBox Extension Pack.
- After the software is installed, start your virtual machine on Windows, Linux or any other supported guest OS.
- Connect your desired USB device to a USB port on your host machine.
- Then, go to Devices -> USB, and select the ‘USB device to share’.
When the connection is enabled you can access your smart card reader through VirtualBox. The shared USB device will be found by your virtual machine, enabling access to its full functionality from the guest OS. This allows you to connect to USB smart card readers from a remote location.
Please keep in mind that only one computer at a time can access the USB device.