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Access Remote Devices via Virtual USB Port

Olga Weis Olga Weis
Oct 11, 2021

USB Network Gate helps to connect to a USB device remotely. This dedicated software is capable of virtualizing your device so that you can access it, no matter where you are. Various USB peripherals, making our daily life comfortable, communicate with computers via USB ports. Webcam, printer, scanner, dongles as well as many other devices, serving us everyday, can be found connected to your machine. It might happen, however, that it’s not possible to attach a USB peripheral directly to your laptop when you need to make use of it. With this app you can do everything.

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How to work with Virtual USB

USB Network Gate confirms compatibility with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Just install the respective version of the software on all machines involved in the communication, and enjoy managing your USB peripherals from any part of the world.

To start sharing virtual USB over network, follow these steps:
Download and install USB Network Gate;
Launch the app GUI and switch to the “Remote USB Devices” tab;
Choose the hardware that you need from the list and click “Connect”. Please keep in mind that you may be asked to enter a connection password, set by the owner of the shared device.
Once the connection is established, the device appears in the Device Manager of your system. Now you can make use of its functionality as if it was physically connected to your machine.

Universal tool for cross-platform USB device management

Being a cross-platform solution, USB Network Gate allows you to share virtual USB device attached to your macOS laptop, for example, and access the device’s contents from a computer running other OS and vice versa.
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Here’s what you can achieve with USB Network Gate:

✅ Create a virtual USB port on your machine and access your virtual USB device. When a real USB port with a hardvare attached is shared on your computer, the app actually virtualizes the device so that you can access it from a remote machine via a “virtual USB port”. Create virtual USB port

Create a virtual USB port

✅ Connect a virtual USB dongle to a blade server or a virtual machine. With the software installed on a guest operating system, you can access all USB devices shared on a host computer from your virtual machine. USB Network Gate supports VMware, VMware ESX, Citrix XenDesktop, and Microsoft Hyper-V software.

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Access your local devices over RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). The app enables you to work with any shared USB, be it a virtual USB controllers, virtual USB hubs, or any other USB peripheral, in a remote session.

Access USB devices via RDP

✅ Manage your remote USBs over Wi-Fi. By sharing a device with the help of the software, you can make it available for remote access via Wi-Fi without changing your existing network configuration.

Frequently Asked Questions

USB virtualization (AKA a virtual USB) is when a physical USB device can be accessed and managed by another remote computer. This remote computer, and the computer physically connected to the USB, share the same network.
It all depends on the user's preferred virtual environment. For those who require access to USB devices within virtual machines, additional software tools can expedite the process. However, VMware, VirtualBox, and many others (with additional settings/preferences) provide numerous USB access options.
USB Network Gate is a great tool for creating virtual USB ports. Utilizing the guidance and settings outlined above, users can gain complete access to remote USB devices, and virtual USB ports will show up on the local computer.
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