Software developers want to secure their products from copying; to that end they introduce dongles. Users want just the opposite – to make using software as simple and convenient as possible, no extra security layers or tricks, please.
I hear both sides and there is one thing I can tell you:
If we can’t avoid using dongles, we need to simplify working with them to the max.
In this article I’ll tell you how to share USB dongle over network, what dongles are and how to duplicate a dongle.
That’s it! You can clone USB dongle and use it as if it is attached to your machine directly.
A free version of FlexiHub allows you to stay connected to the device for max 20 minutes, then the connection is dropped and you have to reconnect again. 20 minutes is typically enough to complete a task, but if you need to be connected for a longer time – check out what FlexiHub plan suits you best.
A software protection dongle is a device that allows you to protect content from accessing and copying. A hardware key has a product key or other protection mechanism. By attaching it to a computer or another electronic appliance a user can unlock software functionality or decode content or access a hardware device.
Dongles are typically attached to a PC via parallel ports, although in Macs you can also use ADB ports. A dongle passes all data coming through the port it is attached to, so the ports can actually be used for other purposes. It is not uncommon to attach several dongles to a single port.
Why is a dongle called a dongle?
There is a story that ‘dongles’ is derived from the name of a person who designed dongles first – Don Gall. A good advertising trick, but actually nobody knows for sure why dongles are called dongles. An early dongle was a solid and non-dangling RS232 block, it’s only modern dongles that dangle, and only when attached to a key-fob or lanyard.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, dongle first appeared in reference to computer security systems sometime between 1980 and 1982, when someone was seeking a term for a doodad that dangled, dong-like, from a device—and dug up dongle.
There are seven different theories that explain etymology of the term:
Etymology is "Arbitrary".
Types of dongles
There are 5 types of USB dongles:
Perhaps the majority of modern dongles are used for Memory and Storage. Every other person would carry a USB flash drive or memory stick with files, documents, computer applications, etc. Term papers and assignment for printout, pictures from your last trip to the seaside, handy software tools to share with colleagues and friends are now conveniently stored on Flash drives instead of floppy disks and CDs.
Used for authentication, USB Security dongles help protect your hardware or software from unauthorized access. Networks and software applications can be designed in such a way that they cannot be accessed without a software key, i.e. your security dongle. Electronic signatures are kept on such dongles.
Wi-Fi USB dongles enable desktops and laptops with no internal Wi-Fi cards to connect to the Internet wirelessly. It is mostly ultra-slim notebook models that require an external device, or rather software that allows computer’s OS to locate Wi-Fi signal.
GPS technology has become an essential part of Smartphone software, and dongles for GPS Navigation are not much in demand these days. However if you don’t have your smartphone within reach, you still might find them useful GPS navigation USB dongles turn your laptop into a navigation system. Powered entirely by a computer, they won’t let you down.
Bluetooth Dongles pass information between two computers and more, smartphones, and other devices – no extra cables or cords are required. Link your computer or laptop to a network and connect to any external device – from a mobile phone to a keyboard.
It is illegal to crack and duplicate hardware key, and please do not bother even googling this topic. Software solutions that claim to backup dongles are actually emulators, crackers. Do not use such software, if you don’t want any legal issues.
However there is a way to go about it.
Check out software for USB dongles sharing, it provides you with fast, safe and legal way to share a single device between two computers.