Sharing USB devices between two computers by using a USB switch
There is one more effective method to access your USB device from several PCs - by using a USB switch. It’s a handy hardware solution that helps you to share any USB devices (MFDs, memory sticks, external drives, card readers, etc.) with other users. And using a USB 3.0 sharing switch you’ll be able to throw over a whole bunch of USB devices from one machine to another just at the push of a button.
So all it takes to share a USB between two computers is a few simple steps:
Step 1: Plug the USB device (or a USB hub with some devices attached) you’d like to share into the USB sharing switch.
Step 2: Now connect your USB switch between two computers you want to share USB peripherals with.
Step 3: Whenever you need to use your USB peripherals on other PC, just push the button on the switch to flip them over. And that would be it, as easy as one-two-three.
Benefits and pitfalls of each method
Each of the two methods mentioned above will allow you to share USB devices between two computers (or more in case of need) and will make working with your USB peripherals much easier. Yet, the software solution has much more positive aspects. Unlike a hardware USB switch, FlexiHub has no limitations on range, network type or the number of shared USB devices. On top of that, FlexiHub can redirect USB to virtual machines, plus it works just fine through the Remote Desktop Protocol. The primary advantage of the hardware solution is a reasonable price, but considering all the strong points of FlexiHub, this software is a great value for money.