How to Access USB over WI-FI Using Software and Hardware Solution
In our homes and offices, we use devices like scanner, printer, webcam, modem, home monitoring and control system and so on. To establish a connection between our computers and these USB devices traditionally requires a USB cable. Connecting via the cable can be frustrating at times because of the limitations that come with using the cable. Let’s imagine you are working from the comfort of your home or office desk and you need to use the USB device but the length of the USB cable can’t run up to your desk. That implies that you have to suspend what you are doing at that moment, move closer to the device just to establish a connection. Isn’t that stressful? OK, not just the unease the thought of using the device brings to your mind but most importantly the distraction and productive time being wasted in trying to do all that.
Apart from the distance limitation that comes with the cable, there is also the accessibility issue. In an office environment where multiple computers share one USB device, it can be depressing trying to wait around until your colleague is done using the device before you can use it. You can testify to this I believe. Do you know you can connect to USB via Wi-Fi or even via a USB wireless extender?
What if I tell you that there is a tool that can eliminate all these limitations, that is you can remotely connect to your computer’s USB ports and use the devices connected to them as if they were physically connected to your remote computer without using a cable. Interesting right? Now just take a moment and think about all the possibilities this will bring to your business, company, and personal projects if you can share USB over Wi-Fi. It’s a game changer for how you connect to USB devices.
I know right now you are asking questions like how can I achieve that and what is the tool? Here are the answers:
USB Network Gate (software)
USB over WI-FI solution
USB over WI-FI solution
Let me start with USB over Ethernet, this software is a cutting edge solution designed to enable remote access to USB devices over a wireless network. That is, you can share and connect to a USB port over Wi-Fi. This tool answers your question of “with what”. How does it allow you extend USB over Wi-Fi and what are the benefits you might be wondering? Well, It helps you share USB over Network among multiple computers so people from your home, office or any part of the globe can use it. Yes, you heard me right! From any part of the globe, you can connect to the USB device over Wi-Fi and use it as if it was physically connected to your computer. I know when you heard connect to USB device over WiFi, security of the connection and shared device popped into your mind. Well, you do not need to worry about security because it is possible to see what computer is currently using the shared device. One thing I like most about this solution is that it gives you total control over the shared device activities. USB Network Gate allows setting up a connection password for controlled access to USB device shared over Wi-Fi.
It as well enables monitoring user activities, for instance, a user might forget to disconnect from a shared device long after completing a task, you can monitor and control it. USB Network Gate brings with it a cross-platform compatibility, for example, you can share a USB device on a Windows PC or Mac OS and connect to it from a Linux device and vice versa. It is very easy to set up and start using USB devices over Wi-Fi with USB Network Gate.
Start connecting USB over Wi-Fi by following these three simple steps:
- First, you need to download and install USB Network Gate on the computer that will be physically hosting the USB device to be shared over Wi-Fi (server). Then you also download and install the software on the computers that will remotely connect to and use the shared device (client).
- Now you plug the USB device into the USB port of the Server (a computer that will share the device), then open USB Network Gate and click on “share local USB devices” this automatically shares the device and makes it available for other computers (clients) to connect to the USB device.
- Finally on the client side (computer remotely connecting to the shared USB device) open USB Network Gate click on “Remote USB devices” to connect and start using the shared USB device.
Simple right? That is how USB Network Gate works. USB to Wi-Fi, that is wherever your Wi-Fi network spreads to so does your ability to access remote USB devices.
USB Wireless Extender - Hardware Solutions
Wireless USB transmitter is a powerful hardware that facilitates a wireless connection between a computer and a USB device. This is how it works:
- A wireless connection is first established between the computer and the extender followed by connecting the USB device to the extender that will, in turn, broadcast the connected device so data can be transmitted back and from the computer.
- For the USB signal to reach all the computers that require it, you need to set an access permission to them.
The only limitation that comes with Wireless USB Extender is that it has only 4 USB hubs. However, it is important to note that theoretically the Extender’s signal can run up to 30-50 feet.
The usage scenario of Wireless USB cable is enormous from connecting to a printer in another room to sharing an external hard drive, even sharing a movie with a USB enabled smart TV. As with any other wireless device, dead zones, interference like a wall, and signal range can make connection act up sometimes. For this reason, an extension cable with about 9.8 feet (3 m) length comes with the Wireless USB Extender device.
If you’ve used a wireless device in the past, then you already know their limitations and can decide if it will suit your usage scenario.
Wireless USB cable
For this solution you’ll need a wireless USB transmitter and a hub device.
Wireless USB cable allows connecting USB devices with the help of the transmitter.
This is how you can make it work:
- Connect the transmitter to the hub device.
- Allow access to your devices inserted in the hub for the USB signal to access it.
Extension cables allow you to increase the range of USB peripherals by 3 m or 9.8 ft. It is also possible to support multiple USB ports.
This is how it works:
There are two ends to a USB cable – “A” connector usually goes to the computer, while “B”, it looks like “B” letter, goes into the device. You’ll need to free the former end. Insert the male end of the cable to the female end of the extension cable. The free male end of the extension cable goes to the furthest USB device.
USB Network Gate
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.62MB size
Version 8.0.1859 (7th Nov, 2017) Release notes