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.


  1. What is USB network interface?
  2. When do you need a hardware USB LAN adapter
  3. Access USB to network adapter remotely
  4. 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.

USB network interface

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.

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USB Network Gate

Requirements: Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/2003/2008/ Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2012. 5.4MB free space. Version 9.0.2236. (8 May, 2020). 4.9 Rank based on 179+ users, Reviews(72)
Category: Network Software
The only thing you need to know is that no matter the reason, with USB Network Gate, you’ll be able to connect to your device with nothing more than a couple of clicks.
USB Network Gate

The dedicated software is based on a unique port redirection technology that allows virtualizing USB ports and forwarding them across the network to a remote computer. The app is focused on creating virtual copies of physical interfaces. Remote systems recognize virtual USB ports as local ones.

So, even if your network interface is connected to a remote computer (located in another building, city, country) you are still able to access its data from your local PC running USB Network Gate.

How to share USB network interface

  1. First, you install USB Network Gate on a computer where the USB network adapter is connected physically.

  2. Then, start the app and share the device in the “Local USB devices” tab.

  3. After that, you install the software on a client computer that needs to connect to the device remotely. (There are software versions for Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems).

  4. Launch the program on the client PC, find the adapter in the “Remote USB devices” tab, and click “Connect”.

This is it! Now, the external network adapter will appear in the Device Manager of the remote computer like it was connected physically.

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.

Key advantages of sharing USB devices with USB Network Gate:

  • The ability to establish cross-platform connections. For example, if your network interface is attached to a Mac you can connect to it remotely from a Windows (or Linux) PC and fully access its contents and functionality.

  • USB Network Gate works over any network and any distance. The software will let you share devices across LAN, Ethernet, WiFi, the Internet, etc.

  • The software is compatible with USB devices of virtually any type, so additionally to USB network interfaces you’ll be able to share any other device fitting a USB port.

USB Network Gate

Requirements for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.4MB size
Version 9.0.2236 (8 May, 2020) Release notes
Category: Network Software
Olga Weis 6 July at 18:57
Olga Weis 21 July at 16:10