How to share USB dongle

How to share USB dongle over LAN or Internet

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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.

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How to share USB dongle over network

USB dongle sharing can greatly extend the benefits of using the device. Some of the advantages that can be achieved when you share a USB dongle over a network include:

  • USB dongle sharing over a network allows the software rotated by the dongle to be used on any network-connected computer.
  • Sharing a USB dongle between two computers lets both machines enjoy powerful protection against software piracy. The dongle is essentially tamper-proof and is required in order to unleash the functionality of a software application.
  • If you share a USB dongle over WiFi the key can be used to allow multiple machines to conform to software licensing terms.
  • Sharing a USB dongle let you activate a software application without an Internet connection.

FlexiHub

Windows, macOS, Linux, Android
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There is a special software that enables you to share HASP dongle – FlexiHub.

Flexihub

Here is how you can use it:

  1. Sign up a FlexiHub account here and activate a free trial to be able to share USB over Ethernet.
  2. Download and install the software on each of your PCs that need access to the shared dongle.
  3. Launch FlexiHub, sign in using your newly created login credentials.
  4. Find the shared dongle on your other machine that needs access to a USB dongle and connect to it.
Share USB 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 send the invites for connection to other users, which is very convenient if you have no opportunity to connect any remote HASP USB key or any other device by yourself. Also, you can always test a paid subscription for free for 7 days.

Pros:
  • The app allows connecting to a device via wireless network.
  • The ability to connect to remote devices even when a direct connection between the computers is not possible.
  • The app supports all kinds of USB devices – scanners, cameras, projectors, mobile phones, etc., your device will do too.

Cons:
  • Connection to remote devices is not possible in free plan.
  • Internet connection on both computers is a must for using Flexihub.

Alternative solution for USB dongle sharing

USB Network Gate

Windows XP and later, OS X 10.9+, Ubuntu 14.04+, Android 5.0+
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USB Network Gate is an ideal alternative solution to FlexiHub, if you prefer a perpetual license instead of a subscription-based license.

USB Network Gate

Step-by-step instruction:

  1. Install the software after downloading it to the machines that will share and access the remote USB dongle.
  2. Connect a USB dongle to the computer that will act as a server (share a device), start USB Network Gate and share it from there, what will make a device accessible to the clients (remote computers).
  3. Connect from any client computer to the shared device.
usb network gate Note:
  • With USB Network Gate it is possible to see what client a USB device is currently connected to, which will certainly be helpful, if a user forgets to disconnect the dongle.
  • It is important to remember that only one computer will be able to use a shared device at a time
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How to duplicate a USB dongle

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. The software solutions above will help to share dongle without breaking any policy and will help to provide secure access to the dongle. They work as a dongle sharing hub, but doesn’t require any additional hardware or software tools. You may easily share USB dongle between two computers just after sign in to your FlexiHub account.

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.

FlexiHub can also be useful if you are working with a shared HASP. You can access the dongle without making any configuration changes to your computer. We have presented two methods for dongle sharing. Select the one that works best for your specific situation.

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