Share USB over Network with USB Wireless Adapter: Software and Hardware solution
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.
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.
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.
USB Wi-Fi adapter software
If you need a USB wireless network adapter, you may use a software solution – USB Network Gate. Here’s the look at how it works.
Download the application here, the cross-platform solution is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Install USB Network Gate on your machine as well as other computers in the network.
- Once the installation is complete, launch the app and switch to the “Local USB Devices” tab;
- Find the device that you want to share and click ‘Settings’, a gearwheel icon, for ports configuration;
- Set up encryption or encipher data transfer, if required;
- Click ‘Share’.
That’s it. Now you can connect to the shared USB device from any network machine with the application installed.
Thanks to outstanding features, offered by USB Network Gate, it’s possible to access the required USB device regardless of its physical location, while any hardware-based solution is limited by the distance and cannot provide such opportunity. The efficient software will also be a perfect option for those who don’t want to deal with tons of wires and cables on their desk. USB Network Gate is a simple and convenient way to share your USB devices over the network with a minimum of effort.
USB Network Gate
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.62MB size
Version 8.0.1859 (7th Nov, 2017) Release notes