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Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated May 2, 2024

RDP Scanner Redirection Guide

Scanner for remote desktop

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol does not directly support remote desktop scanning. While you can easily use other peripherals such as printers or external storage devices in a remote session, RDP scanning cannot be accomplished without a third-party software.

Luckily, Electronic Team has developed a remote desktop scanning software solution - FlexiHub that solves this problem. The tool makes using a scanner through RDP a simple and easy proposition.

Software to RDP scanner redirection

Remote Desktop scanning can be difficult to implement in cloud or terminal server environments. In situations such as these where remote desktop scanner redirection is not supported by default, FlexiHub is the answer. It enables users to access a USB scanner over RDP as if they were directly connected to the peripheral device.

FlexiHub is a dedicated application that provides RDP scanner redirection so your equipment can be used in remote desktop sessions. FlexiHub works perfectly in different environments like Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Terminal Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon View, and Amazon Workspaces, among others. FlexiHub simplifies the process, allowing you to focus on your work without worrying about technicalities.

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Software for redirecting USB

How to use scanner in remote desktop sessions

To begin using your TCP/IP network to connect RDP sessions to your USB scanner, a FlexiHub account is needed. While creating your account, you can start a free 30-day demo period to test drive the solution.

Follow these simple steps to start using your USB scanner for remote desktop sessions:
  • 1.
    Once on the FlexiHub official website, register your FlexiHub account.
    flexihub account
  • 2.
    On all machines taking part in the RDP connection, download and install FlexiHub. Also make sure to install FlexiHub on the PC with the USB device physically plugged into it.
    sign up flexihub demo period
  • 3.
    Open FlexiHub by clicking the desktop icon, then login with your FlexiHub credentials.

    Upon a successful login, you’ll immediately see a list of devices available for remote-access.
    Download Flexihub for VBox
  • 4.
    From the client computer, create a virtual desktop connection once Remote Desktop is launched. blank
  • 5.
    Through the virtual desktop, open and login to FlexiHub. blank
  • 6.
    Locate the desired USB device from the list, then click the Connect button beside it.
    connect device

As soon as connectivity is completed, the scanner will be recognized by the remote sessions Device Manager. Using this reliable USB for remote desktop software solution affords client machines with the same level of functionality as it would with a direct connection to the peripheral device.

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How remote desktop scanner software works

FlexiHub works by establishing a connection between USB devices attached to a physical computer's ports and your remote desktop session. It creates a virtual USB port through which you can access a scanner or other types of network-attached USB equipment.

When you insert a device into a USB port, it becomes available to remote users across your network. The virtualized RDP scanner is treated as a physical device by your operating system.

Device Isolation for Multi-User Systems
Grant exclusive access to your USB and COM devices and run FlexiHub privately within one specific user session.

Benefits of using FlexiHub for RDP scanning

Advanced security
FlexiHub uses the secure 2048-bit SSL encryption protocol to maintain the security of your network data transmission. Images are sent to the server using encrypted virtual channels.
Redirect scanners to different platform
The software supports Windows, Linux, and Mac remote desktops and offers users the ability to perform cross-platform device sharing. Any platform can act as the server for a client running on any other supported platform.
Use with complex TWAIN software
FlexiHub is compatible with any TWAIN-compliant application. The RDP scanning solution treats local hardware as if it were directly connected to the remote machine.
Scanner drivers not required
No scanner drivers are required on FlexiHub clients. This saves a lot of system admin work as no new drivers need to be installed when using a new USB device connected to the network.

Frequently Asked Questions

With the additional support scanners can be redirected to Microsoft RDP. With a third-party software like FlexiHub, you can reliably connect a USB scanner over RDP.
FlexiHub supports all models of USB scanners for RDP redirection. Moreover, it’s possible to redirect webcams, digital cameras and 3d mouse in remote desktop sessions.
When the scanner is connected to the local machine, you will need to download FlexiHub in order to enable remote desktop scanning. Then, install it on the computer that will connect to the scanner remotely from within the RDP session. Open FlexiHub, locate the scanner, and click the Connect button.
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