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How to share and connect USB over IP - an in-depth guide

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USB over IP - is a software solution for sharing USB devices over TCP/IP network and making them available for use on the remote computers. FlexiHub provides an advanced USB over IP sharing system which will help you to connect USB devices across the TCP/IP network and turn your computer into a USB over IP server.

With FlexiHub you can manage your devices remotely, i.e. you do not have to be physically present at the remote end to connect or disconnect a device. Your computer becomes a USB over IP hub, and you can view and manage devices attached to the remote computers.

How does USB over IP software work


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FlexiHub helps sharing USB devices over IP, and the other way around – you can connect devices attached to remote computers in your network as if they were inserted directly into your machine.

FlexiHub routes traffic through its own Redirection Server, so it is NOT required for your computers to have a public IP address. That means, even when computers are not able to discover each other on the network, you will still be able to connect to the shared USB devices over IP and use their functionality remotely.

Advanced 2048-bit SSL encryption is used by FlexiHub when transferring USB data across TCP/IP. Thanks to such extra security measures, there is no need to worry that any valuable data can be intercepted and read by unwanted identities.

The function of data compression will improve the responsiveness of certain devices when connecting to USB over IP. Such a feature will especially be handy for those USB devices that tend to send the uncompressed data.

How to use USB over IP software with Windows

To start connecting USB devices to the remote computers over TCP/IP, create a FlexiHub account and start a free 7-day trial.

As soon as you have completed creating your FlexiHub account, you are ready to connect USB devices over IP with these simple steps.

  1. Download and install FlexiHub on the machine with the physical connection to the peripheral device. This will be known as the server. The software also needs to be installed on the client computer that will remotely access the device using USB over TCP/IP technology.
  2. Open FlexiHub on the server and log into your account. Repeat this action on the client machine using the same credentials. USB over IP hub
  3. Locate the USB device you want to access on the client computer and click the Connect button. Connect USB over IP

The device will be recognized by the remote computer after the connection is established. The USB over IP software gives the client machine the same functionality as if it had a physical connection to the peripheral. The server acts as a USB over IP hub so that all data transmitted from shared devices is immediately available on the client.

How to share USB over IP on other OSes

FlexiHub works on the most common and popular operating systems – it perfectly shares USB over IP on Mac, Linux, and Android as well. Moreover, you can connect absolutely different computers to your account. That means that it is possible to share USB over IP on Linux, and then connect to that device on Mac.

The steps for sharing and connecting USB devices over IP network for Mac and Linux computers are identical to those for Windows, so you can refer to the previous chapter of this guide.

However, for Android the procedure is a bit different due to the difference in the interface layout. Here is how to share USB over IP on Android:

  1. Download and install FlexiHub on both ends of the intended communication. The Android device that is connected to the USB device will act as the server. The machine that will access the USB peripheral remotely is considered the client.
  2. Start the software and log into your FlexiHub account using identical credentials on the Android device and the remote client computer. USB over IP server
  3. Connect your Android device to a USB device and verify that the FlexiHub application recognizes it. USB over IP Android
  4. Locate the desired USB device using FlexiHub on the remote machine and click Connect to access the peripheral.

After communication is established, the client will have the same degree of access to the device as if it had a direct physical connection.

Please note, that FlexiHub for Android works ONLY in the server-mode, i.e. it can just share USB devices over IP with the remote computers, but not connect to the shared devices itself.

FAQ about USB over IP software

The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, often simply called TCP/IP, is a collection of protocols that govern how communication is enacted by network devices connected over the Internet. Private networks such a local area network (LAN) or intranet can also implement TCP/IP to control data transmission.

TCP/IP is only part of the suite of Internet communication protocols, but is usually the only used to refer to the complete set of standards.
USB over IP is a technology employed by communication software to enable USB devices to be accessed and controlled over a TCP/IP network. With the assistance of USB over IP software, multiple network-attached computers can share a single USB device. The software provides full access to remote peripheral equipment without requiring device drivers to be installed on client computers.
USB over IP applications work by creating virtual USB controllers on remote computers. After a device is attached to a shared USB port, the software uses the network to create a link between the peripheral and the client computer. Data transmitted from the USB device is translated into TCP/IP packets which are sent to the virtual USB controller where they are converted back into standard USB requests.
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