Network USB hubs — a simple way to centralize numerous devices

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A USB network hub is a device that enables remote computers to connect to locally attached USB equipment like scanners, printers, external drives, point-of-sale hardware, etc.

Benefits of the network-attached USB hubs


The network USB hub provides you with not only the possibility to have more USB ports for all your devices but also a way to connect to them from any remote location.

A USB to network hub enables you to consolidate computers and equipment in your office or work area. Removing the constraints of locating peripheral devices near the machines that will use them provides flexibility in how you configure and secure your workplace.

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A network-connected USB hub is an important component of IoT automated systems that communicate with network-attached devices throughout an organization.

But what if you do not want to purchase an additional piece of hardware equipment for connecting USB devices over the network?

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This is where FlexiHub comes in with the magic that will allow you to convert your existing computer into a sort of network USB hub.
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Turn a computer into a network USB hub


FlexiHub is an efficient software for providing remote access to the broad selection of USB peripheral devices, e.g. webcams, printers, hard drives, and many more.

FlexiHub allows you to connect remote USB hubs over the network and all the devices attached to them from any location as if they are physically connected to your computer.

What is more, the remote USB hub and USB devices can be connected to different networks and still be able to discover each other and transfer data thanks to FlexiHub’s Redirection Server.

By employing FlexiHub into your workflow, you will get an opportunity to organize a single point of access for all of your USB devices, connecting them to the USB hub over the network.

How to convert a computer into a network-attached USB hub

A step-by-step explanation of how to use computers as the network-attached USB hubs with FlexiHub:
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Register a FlexiHub account and subscribe to a free trial to be able to access remote devices.
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Download and install FlexiHub on all the computers that will act as USB network hubs.
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Launch FlexiHub app. The list of devices available and ready to be connected on the remote computer will appear in the FlexiHub window.
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Now move over to the remote computer and sign in to your FlexiHub account, select the device you need from the list and click on the “Connect” button next to it.
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At this point, you are ready to start using all the devices plugged into the hub. All devices connected to the hub will be recognized as local devices.
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At this point, you are ready to start using all the devices plugged into the hub. All devices connected to the hub will be recognized as local devices.

Wonder how does it look in action? Here is a brief video explanation of how FlexiHub operates:

How does network USB hub software work?


FlexiHub works by virtualizing the USB ports required to access peripheral devices that are connected to the network. The virtualized ports enable USB peripherals like webcams, printers, and scanners to be accessed remotely with the same level of functionality provided by a direct physical connection.

Devices are immediately made available to network-connected machines upon insertion into the USB port. Operating systems handle the virtualized ports and devices in the same way as if they were physical entities.

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Advantages over the conventional USB to network hubs


    ★ Advanced security

FlexiHub provides a reliable and secure way of redirecting USB devices by employing the 2048-bit SSL encryption. Encrypted virtual channels are used to transmit data between the server and connected USB devices.

    ★ Compatible with multiple operating systems

FlexiHub supports the latest versions of the Windows, Linux, Mac, and Android operating systems. It is a true cross-platform solution that allows a computer running any supported platform to act as the server for clients on any OS.

    ★ No device drivers are required

Device drivers are not required when using this network USB hub software. This makes it much easier to add new devices without the overhead of system administrators installing drives on all potential client computers.

FlexiHub

Requirements: Windows 7/8/10, Server 2012/2016/2019
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