What is RemoteFX USB redirection?
RemoteFX USB redirection has a simple goal. Users should be able to interact with any device from within a remote session. The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) partially addresses this issue with its many redirection procedures that can be used to access specific types of devices in remote sessions. Here are some of them.
- Drive Redirection enables users to access the file system on local or USB-attached drives from an RDP session.
- Plug-and-Play Device Redirection allows users to access plug-and-play devices like music players, POS for .NET devices, and PTP digital cameras in a remote session.
- Smart Card Redirection gives users in a remote session the power to authenticate with smart cards and e-tokens.
- Easy Print enables local printers to be used from remote sessions.
- Port Redirection lets serial and parallel ports and devices connected to them to be accessed in RDP sessions.
- Input Redirection allows an RDP session to access local keyboards and mice.
- Audio Redirection is used to give remote sessions the capacity to perform audio recording and playback.
Not all devices that a user may wish to use in an RDP session are supported by native RDP to USB redirection. Many useful pieces of equipment such as webcams and scanners cannot be used with standard USB redirection to RDP. Fortunately, you can use RemoteFX USB redirection to address all types of USB devices.
The software works differently than the high-level capabilities of Remote Desktop USB redirection. RemoteFX USB redirection works at a lower level with the transmission redirected at the port in the same way that serial or parallel ports can be forwarded with RDP. There are advantages to this strategy, but RemoteFX USB redirection is not designed to replace RDP’s high-level redirections. Using the two techniques in tandem gives you more flexibility and functionality.
Now that you know what it does, here’s how to enable RemoteFX USB device redirection.