USB Network Gate for Windows/Linux Quick Starting Guide

To be able to use a USB device from any computer in your local network or over the Internet, you must download, install and configure USB Network Gate on both computers:

  1. The server system that has a USB device attached to it physically;
  2. The client system that is going to connect to the device remotely.

Sharing a USB device

To share a USB device on the server side:

1. Open USB Network Gate.

2. Switch to the Share local USB devices tab.

on Windows:


on Linux:


3. Select the USB device you want to share and click Share:

on Windows:


on Linux:


4. Optionally, change the TCP port to be used in the connection, or enable encryption, authorization or traffic compression.

on Windows (sharing settings can be changed on the fly):


on Linux:


Connecting to a shared USB device remotely

1. Launch USB Network Gate.

2. Switch to the Remote USB devices tab.

on Windows:

Shared USB devices are automatically detected by the client and are dynamically added to the list of available remote devices.

3. Select the necessary device and click Connect.


As you can see on the screenshot, there is also a Connect once option available via the drop-down menu.

If you choose Connect, when the connection is broken (for instance, due to network problems), USB Network Gate will attempt to restore it automatically. Note that this does not apply to cases when a wrong password was entered on the client side, or when the connection was disabled on the server side.

With the Connect once option there will be no attempts to restore the current connection if it is broken for some reason.

If the device is protected by a password (see How to Secure Connection), it will be prompted.

on Linux:

3. Click Find on the main toolbar:


The Add remote USB device dialog will be invoked:


4. If you want to search for USB devices shared on a specific remote host, type in its IP address or network name and click Find. To find all shared USB devices available on your local network, use Find all.

5. If the search in the previous step yielded no results, probably one of the required network ports on your server is blocked by a firewall. In this case you can press the Add button on the toolbar and manually specify the TCP port on which your device is shared:


6. After adding the device to the list, select it and press Connect or Connect once to establish a connection (see the beginning of this section for the differences between these options).


If the device is protected by a password (see How to Secure Connection), it will be prompted.