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Access Remote EMV Smart Card Reader [GUIDE]

Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated Dec 2, 2020

Smart Card Reader over network

Smart Card Reader over network

In recent years there is an increasing need for the remote access to EMV chip card reader devices due to the global spread of the chip cards. With the development of technology PoS terminals are becoming even more mobile than ever, and a direct wire connection is not only becoming inconvenient but in some cases not possible at all. Another common case is when smart card reader software is not compatible with your operating system and you are forced to work from the virtual machine. After installing the required guest OS, you discover that the locally connected smart card reader is not redirected to the virtual machine. In such situation accessing the smart card reader over the network is the most convenient solution.


Windows, macOS, Linux, Android
4.8 Rank based on 78+ users
Remote USB will help you access card reader over the network. It makes any locally attached USB device available for the remote connection by sharing USB over Network.

Steps to connect EMV smart card reader to Ethernet

To connect smart card reader available over Ethernet just follow these five easy steps:
Register FlexiHub account and select the plan with the required amount of connections.
 flexihub account registration
Install FlexiHub on the local and remote (or virtual) machines.
 flexihub download
Launch FlexiHub and enter the login credentials to your FlexiHub account. A list of available USB devices will be displayed in the software’s GUI. In case you don’t want to share some of them simply press the corresponding lock button.
 launch flexihub
Locate your card reader in FlexiHub on the remote (or virtual) machine and press "Connect".
That’s it! All your shared devices will be available on the remote computers and behave as if they were plugged into them directly. You can manage your smart card reader without any limitations and read all sent data.

EMV Smart Card Reader FAQ

EMV is a technical standard used in the smart payment cards, payment terminals, and ATMs that can accept them. The abbreviation EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, the three companies that invented and developed the standard. EMV smart cards (or so-called chip cards) contain an integrated circuit alongside the magnetic stripe keeping their data. Such cards can be divided into two groups: the one where the cards should be physically inserted into EMV smartcard reader, and the second one where the cards use radio signals to provide a wireless connection to EMV card reader.
EMV is a standard method used for authenticating smart payment cards and the terminals and ATMs that accept them. The acronym comes from the three companies that created the standard, which were EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa. An EMV chip encrypts financial information, making it a more secure solution than older cards with a magnetic strip.
EMV software is an application that enables developers to test the use of EMV smart cards. The app can be used with a standalone personal computer or a smart card reader to determine a program’s functionality. It can work with contact and contactless card readers and supports recent Windows operating systems.


Requirements: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and Raspberry Pi.
Size: 8.97MB
Version: 5.3.14268 (20 Oct, 2021)
User rating: (4.8 based on 78+ users)