Electronic Team, Inc. uses cookies to personalize your experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our cookie policy. Click here to learn more.

How to redirect USB from a thin client

Olga Weis Olga Weis Oct 11, 2021

Most commonly, any USB devices connected with a Thin Client are only accessible during local sessions. If devices could be accessed and controlled over a remote desktop session, an array of convenient and productive benefits would arise. Sadly, no standard procedure exists allowing a local device to redirect to a remote desktop session.

The challenge of accessing USB devices from thin clients

As a rule, when you plug a USB device into a thin client it becomes available in a local session. However, accessing USB in thin client has several major limitations:

  1. Not all types of USB devices can be redirected using native methods, and even if the device is supported it can still work incorrectly in many cases.
  2. Attached to a thin client, a USB peripheral is available in a local session only. It does not seem possible to access a USB zero client device from a remote session.
  3. When a USB device connected to a thin client is redirected to the server via RDP, all other thin clients are able to access that device.

The simplest way to overcome these challenges is by using a dedicated third-party software that will share the required USB device across the network. To achieve this, you can try USB Network Gate - a software application that will help to redirect any type of USB device from the thin client to the server and will help with isolating redirected USB devices from other zero client users.

USB redirection software - the optimal solution for thin clients

USB for Remote Desktop is a handy app tailored to virtualize USB ports together with devices connected to them and forward them over the Internet. The program fully supports Remote Desktop Protocol and Citrix ICA and lets you access any local USB devices in a remote session.

USB Network Gate

With USB Network Gate, you’ll get the ability to share USB peripherals connected to your thin client among multiple remote users.
USB Network Gate logo

USB Network Gate

Share USB over Ethernet on Windows
4.9 Rank based on 372+ users, Reviews(372)
Download 14-day trial, You can share only 1 local USB-device
USB Network Gate

Step-by-step guide

Here’s how you can enable Wyse (or HP) thin client USB redirection with USB Network Gate:
First, install the app on all computers that need to work with the USB device across the network.
Then, start it on your local PC (thin client) and share the required USB peripheral in the corresponding tab.
 share the required USB peripheral in the corresponding tab
Once done, establish a connection to the remote desktop via RDP protocol.
 establish a connection to the remote desktop
On the remote server, run USB Network Gate, find the desired device in the “Remote USB devices” tab and “Connect” to it. This USB peripheral will immediately appear in the server’s Device Manager like it was attached directly to that PC.
 run USB Network Gate, find the desired device

To make things simpler, only those devices that have been shared on the host machine will be shown in the guest OS in your RDP session. Also, you’ll be able to use the option of searching for shared devices on the network.

What is a thin client used for

There are many thin-client manufacturers on the market today, but by and large, all of them, starting from titans like HP, Dell and finishing with small local manufacturers, produce more or less similar solutions.

Thin client usb redirection

Because all the actual computing occurs on servers and blades but not on the device itself, the thin client is regarded as a virtual desktop computing model (VDI) which provides some demonstrable benefits:

  • Improved corporate data security;
  • Centralization of administration;
  • Reduced investment in IT infrastructure;
  • Reduced cost of modernization;
  • Energy saving;
  • Centralized and simplified back up of desktops, laptops, and other client access devices.

In addition to the standard hardware and peripherals (like a mouse, a keyboard, a monitor, and a network cable), some other devices can also be connected to a thin client provided that it can recognize them and transmit to the terminal server.

More than that, the program gives you the way to configure your local PC to detect and connect to USB devices shared on remote machines automatically.

You can find the software version for Windows, Linux, and Mac machines. In addition to that the utility offers:

  • Fast connections over any network (including LAN, Ethernet, WiFi, and the Internet);
  • Secure communications protected with advanced encryption;
  • Full access to the functionality of remote and local USB devices from thin and zero clients working over RDP, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

A thin client is traditionally a desktop terminal that does not have a hard drive but comes with the minimum set of hardware which is sufficient for running its operating system. To perform its computing, a thin client needs to be connected to a server which stores all applications, sensitive data, memory, programs, etc. in its datacenter. As a communication channel thin clients can use Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP), like Citrix XenDesktop or Citrix Secure Access Gateway.
small logo USB Network Gate
#1 at Networking Software
USB Network Gate
Share USB over Ethernet on Windows
4.7 rank based on 372 + users
Get a download link for your desktop
Submit your email address to get a link for quick download on your desktop and get started!
Also Available: USB Network Gate is a cross-platform solution compatible with Mac, Linux and Android OSes:

UNG for Mac

UNG for Linux

UNG for Android