USB splitter - access a USB device on several computers

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USB splitter

Contents

  1. What is a USB splitter?
  2. Why would one need a USB splitter?
  3. Software alternative to a USB device splitter.

What is a USB port splitter?


A USB splitter is a hardware device that helps to divide one USB port into two (or more) lines and is usually used to plug one peripheral into several computers. Similarly to a telephone wire splitter, this device runs separate connection lines to USB ports on each machine.

Although many people prefer the wired method, there’s also a software way to split USB ports among multiple computers. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make one USB device available for access to multiple PCs without any USB splitter cables or wires.

But first, let’s think about why one would need a USB splitter.

The typical problem that computer users face today is the inability to connect their valuable USB peripherals to more than one PC at a time. Anytime you want to make use of your printer, scanner, flash drive, etc. from another computer, you need to switch the device between the machines. Needless to say, this method is neither convenient nor efficient, especially if you’re dealing with a non-portable peripheral.

What may come to the rescue in this case? Yes, that’s right: a USB hub splitter. This device will definitely be a big help if your goal is to split a device located in proximity to both computers. The hardware solution consists of a compact box connecting to computers via USB cables, which, by the way, can take most of your workspace.

But what should you do when you don’t have the required peripheral around? What if the device that you need to split is located in another office or a remote building? Cable connection? Don’t think it’s a good idea.

Probably the most optimal solution will be to share the device with a multi USB splitter software and access it from another PC across the network.

Software alternative to a USB splitter box


What is going to help you is FlexiHub by Eltima. The app is powered by an absolutely unique technology that allows virtualizing USB ports for their further splitting over the Internet. You simply connect a USB peripheral to your local PC and the device appears on as many remote computers as you need. All you need to do is install the program on all machines that need to communicate with the device.

FlexiHub

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FlexiHub brings the devices plugged into a remote USB port to your location via LAN, WAN, or the Internet.

FlexiHub

FlexiHub creates virtual copies of actual USB devices and redirects them over TCP/IP channel. The nice and important thing about the app is that it cares about the security of your connections. FlexiHub deploys advanced traffic encryption that reliably protects all data transported over the network to a remote side.

Here’s a simple description of how to share a USB port wirelessly with best USB splitter software:

  1. First, create a FlexiHub account and sign up for a free trial.
  2. Then, download and install the app on all PCs that need access to the split USB device.
  3. Start FlexiHub on the computer to which the required USB peripheral is connected directly and sign in to your account. You’ll see the peripheral in the list of devices shared over the Internet.
  4. Now, go to a remote computer, launch FlexiHub, and log into the account with the same credentials. Find the required device in the FlexiHub window and click “Connect”.

This is it! Now, you’ll be able to access the full functionality of the remote peripheral as though it were physically connected to your computer.

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