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

Last updated Mar 26, 2021

The problem of redirecting a 3D mouse to a 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, movements) over RDP.

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There are hundreds of CAD designers and 3D modelers that are not able to utilize their 3D mice on the remote machine over the 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 session is the ability to zoom.

That is because not all features of such complex USB devices as 3D mice can be redirected to a remote desktop by means of the Microsoft RDP protocol.

However, you can still rely on the software that will forward USB devices to your remote PC, serving as a workaround for the Remote Desktop Protocol limitations.



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FlexiHub is a powerful USB redirector software that allows forwarding USB devices to a remote desktop and using a 3D mouse even when you can’t connect it physically to your computer.
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How to redirect a 3D mouse to a remote desktop

With the help of FlexiHub, you can connect a SpaceMouse or a 3Dconnexion mouse to a remote desktop with no hassle.

The software is powered by advanced USB pass-through technology that allows forwarding USB devices to any remote computer over the Internet.

In order to make your 3D mouse accessible to a remote desktop, you should first share the device on the PC to which it is attached physically and then connect to the shared device from your remote computer. Thanks to the outstanding FlexiHub’s capabilities and intuitive user interface, this can be done with just a couple of clicks.

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Register a free FlexiHub account by entering a valid email address and a password.
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Download the FlexiHub app and install it on the computer to which your 3D mouse is connected directly. Start the software and log in to your account.

Note: Once you’ve logged in, all USB devices being currently attached to the computer will be automatically shared over the network and become available for remote access.

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Now, install FlexiHub on the remote computer from which you want to connect to the mouse remotely. Start the app and log in to your account using the same credentials.
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In the software interface, you will see the list of all devices that are ready to be connected to the remote computer. Find your 3Dconnexion mouse and click the Connect button next to its name.
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That’s it! Now the mouse will appear in the Device Manager on the remote desktop like it was plugged into that PC.

Redirecting a 3D mouse to a remote desktop

Redirecting a 3D mouse to a 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 on the remote desktop as if it was a locally-attached peripheral.

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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