The best software for remote USB access
Is it possible to access a remote USB device wirelessly wherever it is? It's a question that arises pretty much any time you see cable clutter under your desk and realize that the length of your cable does not allow connecting to your most remote USB devices. The answer: yes! With an array of powerful and easy-to-use USB over network software you’ll be able to access the functionality of the target device right from your current location with no worries about distance limitations.
If you’re wondering how you can do this, meet our five picks for the best remote access software and find out about the easiest way to share USB device over network.
- FlexiHub - top remote access tool
- USB Network Gate - the best alternative solution
- USB over Network
- USB Redirector
FlexiHub - top remote access tool
Want to just plug a peripheral into your PC and make it accessible from any network computer? You can do this with FlexiHub. Want to have a single point of control for all your remote devices shared over Ethernet or any other network? FlexiHub will help you do that too. The software works with both USB and COM ports and hides tons of complicated functionality behind a clean and friendly UI.
The idea with FlexiHub is pretty simple: once you’ve installed the app on a machine with a peripheral physically attached to it as well as all computers (clients) that require remote access to the device, just open the app on a client PC, select the peripheral from the list of shared USB devices, and click ‘Connect’. That’s it! Now, you can enjoy full access to the functionality of your remote peripheral redirected over the network by FlexiHub.
It’s worth noting that all connections established with the help of the software are totally secure, thanks to advanced data encryption FlexiHub deploys. That means, even the most valuable data can be transferred over the network with no threat to its security.
In case you need to limit access to a particular USB device attached to your machine, just lock it. Not a single network PC will be able to use the device without your permission.
Once a peripheral is inserted into your computer, FlexiHub automatically recognizes the device and displays its type (like a mouse, a printer, a keyboard, etc.) thus making your USB sharing experience most enjoyable.
USB Network Gate - the best alternative solution
If you are one of those people who see RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connections as an integral part of their daily routine, then USB Network Gate is worth your look.
Stacked with a host of powerful features but still friendly, this popular software is probably the best alternative to FlexiHub. USB Network Gate offers sharing USB peripherals over RDP along with support for device isolation in the multi-user environment of terminal servers. Working in a remote session, the software lets you assign a USB peripheral to one particular user. This way you make it impossible for all other users of a terminal server to access the contents of your device.
In common with FlexiHub, the app allows you to create cross-platform connections for sharing remote USB device over network (LAN, WAN, VLAN, VPN, or the Internet). The app is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android platforms. It lets you mix different OS servers and clients depending on your needs.
USB over Network
A really efficient and well-designed app, USB over Network by Fabula Tech will help you share virtually any USB device and access it from a remote computer no matter how far the PC is located. The software provides support for Windows and Linux operating systems, so it’s possible to use Windows computer as a device server and connect to it from a client machine running Linux OS and vice versa. Even when drivers of a USB device are not installed on the server PC, USB over Network will still be able to provide secure connection to the peripheral. Just remember to install the drivers on the client side.
USB Redirector is a software focused on transferring valuable data over TCP/IP. Once you configured the program, it continues working as a background service, even if no user is logged in. Compatible with various virtualization apps, USB Redirector aims to make it simple for you to manage your local peripherals from the convenience of your virtual machine.
Like all solutions for redirecting USB devices over the network, VirtualHere has its own advantages. Consisting of server and client parts, this versatile tool supports a range of different platforms. Thus, you can run your USB server on the Synology, QNAP, ASUSTOR, ReadyNAS and MyCloud NAS Devices, as well as OSX, Linux, Android, and Windows. A client software, in turn, is compatible with Windows, OSX, and Linux operating systems.
As it’s usually not easy to find an app that is able to meet all your USB sharing expectations, in this article we covered the ones that are definitely worth your attention. Each of the apps is designed to make your life much easier and more comfortable. With that, taking into account all the benefits each software provides, it’s fair to say that FlexiHub seems to be the most efficient solution for getting access to your most remote USB and COM port devices.