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Share USB Dongle over Network

Olga Weis Olga Weis Sep 17, 2020

If you are looking for a handy solution to share a USB dongle between multiple computers then this article is just right for you. Donglify’s functionality allows sharing USB dongles over wifi or any other network.

How to share USB dongle over the network

Donglify is an advanced app that makes it possible to redirect dongles attached over the network. Thanks to the powerful functionality of Donglify, your virtualized security key will be recognized on a remote computer as though it were connected locally.
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Follow the instructions to share USB dongle over the network.

  1. The first step is to sign up for a Donglify account. Once that is done, download the software and install it on the computer that has the physical connection to the dongle that will be shared which will be known as the server. The app also needs to be installed on each client machine that will remotely access the dongle.
  2. Start Donglify on the server and sign into the account created in the previous step.
  3. In the application’s window, click the “Plus” icon to display a list of the available local USB dongles that can be shared with remote clients.

    There are two options that can be selected when sharing a USB dongle. Choosing the “Single-connect” icon restricts access to the dongle to one client at a time. If you want to share the dongle with multiple machines simultaneously, choose the “Multi-connect” option.
  4. Check the radio button next to your chosen USB dongle and click on “Share”.
  5. Start Donglify on a client machine and log in with the same credentials used on the server.
  6. The devices that are available for connection will be displayed in the application’s main window.
  7. Identify the device you want to access and click “Connect”.

Donglify uses advanced encryption techniques to ensure that remote access to the USB dongles is secure. It protects all network traffic and communication keeping your data safe from unauthorized users.

What USB security dongle is used for?

USB dongles are used to protect software or hardware from unauthorized access or copying, i.e. for the start of software using, decode the content, or access to the device one has to attach the dongle to the system.

A USB security dongle (also referred to as a hardware key) is an electronic copy protection device that should be plugged into a USB port of a computer in order to unlock the functionality of a particular software application. Hardware keys help to prevent unauthorized copying and distribution of licensed software. Without its dongle, the application may run only in a restricted mode, or not at all.

Why is there a need in sharing USB dongles?

Some of the USB security keys support the network license management option, which means several users can access the same protection dongle across the internet. That network (multi-user) security keys can be installed on any computer on the local network, and there’s no need to purchase a separate key for each PC.

This scenario seems to be very convenient for big companies and corporations. However, to buy a security key of this type can be rather costly, and not all companies (much less ordinary users) can afford it. Instead, they opt for USB keys that are built for use on a single computer.

This, of course, reduces expenses, but at times it is not really convenient. Say, the dongle is attached to the manager’s laptop, while his team that needs access to it is seated across the office or even in another city? How to share USB dongle? Over the Internet? Over Wi-Fi?

Another problem, perhaps, would be working with USB devices in the virtual environment. Usually, virtual machines provide little to no access to the host machine’s ports and, hence, to functionality and content of devices attached to them. Thus, if you need to duplicate a USB dongle, you have to figure out how to share it between a virtual and host machine. What would be the best way to share a USB dongle between two computers or, in fact, any number of computers?