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TeamViewer USB passthrough — How to access USB ports inside TeamViewer
Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated Aug 22, 2022

TeamViewer USB passthrough — How to access USB ports inside TeamViewer

If you are wondering if it’s possible to access your USB peripherals remotely, the answer is yes. You can easily connect to an external hard drive, scanner, webcam, or even a security dongle from a remote computer with the help of TeamViewer or by using a dedicated software called FlexiHub.

How to share USB to a TeamViewer session

It’s hard to imagine a solution that can share USB devices faster and more securely than FlexiHub - a software application designed precisely for this purpose.

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Software for redirecting USB

What makes Remote USB efficient is the USB port redirection technology it uses. Thanks to this advanced technology, the app can work with USB devices of virtually any type and over any distance.

Here's how you can share a USB device on your local computer and connect to it across the Internet from a remote PC:
  • 1.
    To start, create a FlexiHub account on the app's official website.
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  • 2.
    Then, confirm your email address and start your free demo subscription. blank
  • 3.
    After that, download the app and install it on the computer with the device plugged in and on the remote machine from which you are going to connect to the device.
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  • 4.
    Start the program on both machines and log in to your FlexiHub account using the same login credentials.
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  • 5.
    Once done, on the client computer, FlexiHub will show you the list of USB devices available for remote connection. Now, all you need to do is click "Connect" next to the required peripheral.
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This is it! The connected remote device will appear in the Device Manager of the client computer as though it were physically attached to that machine.

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What’s also nice is that FlexiHub works on Windows, Linux, Android, and macOS, so you can easily create cross-platform connections and share devices even more efficiently.

How to use a local USB on a remote computer with TeamViewer

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If you choose to use TeamViewer to share a USB device, you first need to remember that you should connect all of your computers to the same network.

The other requirement is to install the software on all systems that will take part in the connection. These include remote systems you want to control and the master station from which you will manage the remote machines.

Now, let’s select a device for sharing. It should be mentioned that most often users try to remotely connect to storage devices with TeamViewer, as it may be inconvenient to constantly unplug your USB flash drives or external hard drives to connect them to another computer.

Of course, you can use a wireless hard drive but this doesn’t seem to be the optimal solution if you are using a good-old USB-connected external drive. For that, you can use a program like TeamViewer to help access remote USB devices with just a few mouse clicks.

Here’s a simple guide on how to access USB using TeamViewer:
  • 1.
    Attach the device you need to share to your local computer with TeamViewer installed.
  • 2.
    Launch the app and find the File Transfer option on the main menu. When you select this option, you’ll see a window that is similar to an FTP file transfer window. Your remote system will be displayed on the right and your local system is shown on the left.
  • 3.
    To transfer the required files, select them on either side and click “Send” or “Receive” correspondingly.

As a result, you’ll see how simple it is to use TeamViewer with USB redirector capabilities to make remote USB devices accessible over the network. What’s more, by running TeamViewer on a laptop or a tablet, you get even more options to control your remote USB devices from any place in your house.

Share USB to TeamViewer
  • 4.8 overall rank based on 386+ Reviews
  • Requirements: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and Raspberry Pi. 8.97MB Size.
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