Devices that use a USB connection are widely in use these days. Printers, scanners, and webcams are just a few of the types of devices manufactured to be connected via USB. The typical connection involves a USB cable, which is a fine solution if the device you want to use is located near your computer. What can you do when you need to use devices that are located in another office across the country? Maybe you need to access a printer housed in your office, but you are at home or traveling. Buying additional devices is not a viable option, and even if possible, is a very expensive proposition.
A better way to share USB over TCP/IP is to use dedicated software. This less expensive and more efficient solution will allow you to access USB devices over IP in the same way as if they were physically attached to your machine.
Table of contents:
- How to choose USB over IP software
- USB Network Gate
- USB Over Network
- USB Redirector
- USB/IP Project
How to chose USB over IP software
USB over IP applications enable the creation of a system to share USB connected devices over the Internet, Wi-Fi, or essentially any network. It allows the user to control any USB device like a printer, webcam, or scanner from any remote location as if the device was directly connected to your computer.
A number of different USB over IP software applications exist, and it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your situation. There are basically three factors that you need to consider when making your decision. These are the price of the application, the operating systems that you need to support, and the number of USB devices that you need to be able to connect.
Before we get into the details of specific products, here is an overview of what to expect in the most popular applications.
- All programs have a cost with the exception of the open-source application.
- Most of the programs offer a free trial period.
- The price of the tool increases based on the number of devices that require USB over IP network connectivity.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some USB over IP software solutions.