How to access remote smart card reader

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.

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.

Connect smart card reader over network


Windows, macOS, Linux, Android
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FlexiHub 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.

To connect smart card reader available over Ethernet just follow these five easy steps:

  1. Register FlexiHub account and select the plan with the required amount of connections.
  2. Install FlexiHub on the local and remote (or virtual) machines.
  3. 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.
  4. Locate your card reader in FlexiHub on the remote (or virtual) machine and press "Connect".
  5. 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.

Alternative software to access smartcard reader over network

If you do not have any Internet access and would like to work specifically in the local area network or looking for a non-subscription based software, then you should definitely take a look at USB over Network, which will help you share a smart card reader over Ethernet as good as FlexiHub. What is more, USB Network Gate can work via the remote desktop protocol, allowing you to work with a local device in the remote session.

usb network gate

To share a smart card reader over the network with the help of USB Network Gate, you will need to:

  1. Install the application to the local and remote computers;
  2. Share a smart card reader over the network from the app's GUI;
  3. Setup a connection with a shared USB device from USB Network Gate on a remote machine.


Requirements: Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista/7/8/10/Server 2012
Size: 7MB
Version: 4.0.12820 ()
User rating: (4.8 based on 78+ users)