USB devices are now firmly entrenched in people’s everyday life and the number of peripherals using a USB port is significantly increasing. To keep costs down and improve efficiency, today most enterprises rely on sharing USB devices over the network (Wireless, Ethernet, or Internet). Naturally, not a single USB device is initially designed to be shared across the network.
- What is USB network interface?
- When do you need a hardware USB LAN adapter
- Access USB to network adapter remotely
- How to share USB network interface
Therefore, there are two options for making your USB device available for the joint access: a hardware USB to LAN adapter or a USB network adapter software. Both ways are widely used and have their pros and cons.
What is USB network interface?
A USB network interface (adapter) is a compact device with USB host connection for accessing Ethernet, CAN FD bus systems, FlexRay network, etc. The adapters can be used for various purposes like the development, simulation and monitoring of networks, load-generation, synchronous tracing of Ethernet frames with other bus systems, etc. For instance, the network interface adapter VN7600 by Vector allows users to easily transmit and receive data and null frames within the FlexRay network while the VN5610A/VN5640 interface works across Ethernet and lets you establish transparent connections between two nodes and monitor the network with exact timestamps.
Thanks to the ability to connect via USB, network interfaces can be universally applied in numerous fields including the laboratory research, mobile applications, and so on.
When do you need a hardware USB LAN adapter
To connect to the Internet or a local area network, personal computers, laptops as well as various mobile devices usually use a NIC (Network Interface Controller), which is typically embedded in the system board of a machine. This network interface card has a port where you can plug in an Ethernet cable. Modern computers have a built-in NIC while older ones may not have a Network Interface Controller at all. In this case you can use a USB LAN adapter. Attaching the adapter to a USB port is the simplest way to have the required NIC installed on your system. However, such hardware solution is limited by the distance, which is not very convenient, as you may need to access a USB device located miles away.
The other way to get USB devices shared over the network and access them remotely regardless of their physical location is using a dedicated USB WLAN adapter software.
Access network interface adapter remotely
As you see, network adapters offer a host of benefits. But do you know that it’s also possible to get remote access to your USB interface as long as you use a simple third-party app called USB Network Gate?
There are many reasons why you may need to work with your USB network interface from a remote computer.