How to share USB dongle over the 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 the 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 about what dongles are and how to share USB dongle over the network.

How to share USB dongle over the network?

We have a handy solution to the problem of sharing a USB security dongle.

The utility is available as a dongle sharing software and enables you to work with many different dongle keys. It allows you to use the security key across a network and to share its functionality with the remote users regardless of their distance from the actual device.
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To share dongles you need convenient software, our solution is Donglify. Moreover, USB dongle sharing software 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 lets you activate a software application without an Internet connection.

Dongle sharing a step-by-step guide:


Here is a simple guide on USB dongle sharing over network:

  1. As a first step, create an account on the Donglify website.

  2. Download the dongle sharing software (Donglify). Install it both on the machine to which your USB dongle is physically attached (server) and on the PC that needs remote access to it (client).

  3. Click the “+” icon on the server PC, and you’ll see a popup window with a list of the shareable local USB dongles.

  4. Check the radio button next to your dongle’s name and click “Share”.

  5. Once the link is up, you’ll see your USB security key in the system of the client machine, just as if it was directly plugged into it.

And that’s all you need to do to share a USB dongle over the network.
That’s it! You can share USB dongle and use it as if it is attached to your machine directly.

A free version of Donglify 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 30 days.

Pros:

  • The app allows connecting to a device via the wireless network.
  • The ability to connect to remote devices even when a direct connection between computers is not possible.
  • Donglify supports multi-connect function which allows sharing one USB dongle from multiple remote computers.
* Note: The multi-connect function currently works with:

  • HASP HL 2.16
  • HASP HL Pro 3.25
  • Sentinel HL 4.34 (3 variations)
  • Sentinel UltraPro
  • Sentinel HL 4.27
  • Sentinel HL 4.31
  • Sentinel HL 4.54
  • Hardlock USB 1.02
  • Feitian Technologies ROCKEY Dongle
  • SafeNet eToken 5110
  • CodeMeter CmStick

Cons:

  • Internet connection on both computers is a must for using Donglify.

Legality of dongle duplication


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 Donglify account.

However, there is a way to go about it.

Check out software for USB dongles sharing, it provides you with a fast, safe and legal way to share a single device between two computers.

Donglify 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.

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