Use 3D Mouse in Remote Desktop: 100% Working Guide

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The problem of redirecting 3d mouse to remote desktop

Up until this day, it is still a challenge to connect a 3D mouse to a remote desktop and use all of its functionality (buttons, macros, movement) over RDP.

3d mouse over remote desktop

There are hundreds of CAD designers and 3D modelers that are not able to utilize their 3D mouses on the remote machine over Microsoft remote desktop protocol. E.g. a common complaint is that the only functionality of a SpaceNavigator 3D mouse that is accessible inside the RDP sessions is the ability to zoom.

That is because Microsoft RDP does not correctly redirect complex USB devices like 3D mouses to the remote desktop instances.

However, you can still rely on the software that will forward USB devices over IP, serving as a workaround for the remote desktop protocol limitations.


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FlexiHub is one such USB redirector software that allows the redirection of a 3D mouse pad while preserving all of its functionality.

How to redirect a 3D mouse to a remote desktop

With FlexiHub you can share and grant access to a SpaceMouse inside a remote desktop irrespective of your preferred operating system, as FlexiHub is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

To use 3Dconnexion mouse in remote desktop (as well as others), follow these steps:

Register a free FlexiHub account by entering a valid email address and a password.
 registering flexihub account
Select a subscription plan and then click Continue. This includes a free 7-day trial. You will only be charged if you do not cancel your subscription before the end of the trial period.
 signing up for free trial
Download and install the appropriate version of the software for your operating system. Remember to install on both the machine with the connected 3D mouse as well as the machine where the Microsoft RDP server will be running. Once the installation is complete, log in using the credentials you entered in step 1.
 logging into flexihub
Connect the 3D mouse pad to the local computer. Then, on the computer running the RDP server, click the connect button next to the 3D mouse.
 redirecting 3D mouse to remote desktop

To learn how to forward a 3D mouse to a remote desktop session, you can as well watch this video user guide:

Once the connection is successful, you will be able to access and use the 3Dconnexion mouse in the remote desktop as if it was connected directly to the remote computer.

What is a 3D mouse?

Similar to a traditional computer mouse, a 3D mouse is a handheld pointing device but it gives the user access to an additional virtual plane. This allows them to efficiently access and control the object in a virtual 3D environment. With multi-axis sensors, accelerometers, infrared lights sensors – the operator can experience a more realistic and immersive three-dimensional work environment.

One very popular tool in this arena is the 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator. A firm favorite amongst professionals in architecture, CAD, 3D design, and modeling; it features a controller cap, which allows the user to intuitively move the object or camera angle around.

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The main advantage over a regular keyboard and mouse is the ability to rotate, pan, and zoom a 3d model at the same time without being distracted by the inconvenient keyboard shortcuts or software interface.

Other models of the 3D mouse are also available from 3DConnexion like SpaceExplorer, SpacePilot, and SpaceMouse Pro. Which you choose depends on how much functionality you want or need.

What are the advantages of using a 3D mouse?

Working with a traditional mouse over long hours is very taxing on the hand. Having to scroll, click, and hold down buttons, often results in repetitive stress injuries or RSI. A 3D mouse helps to eliminate this by allowing the operator to use both hands to manipulate and edit the objects on the screen. Zooming and panning are isolated from the point and click functions of a regular mouse.

The 3D mouse also streamlines the operator’s work by having customizable mouse buttons and programmable shortcuts. This eliminates the need to use a keyboard as well.

A 3D mouse gives the operator a more realistic 3D experience, where they can move the object around as if they are holding it in their hands.


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