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USB over Network

USB over Network

USB over Network (also called USB over Ethernet or USB over IP) is a software solution that allows safe and easy access to USB devices over a network, no matter the distance. With FlexiHub, you can share your local USB devices so that other machines in your network can connect them and use as they were directly plugged into the remote machine.

Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated May 31, 2023

Two main approaches to USB over Network passthrough

1. Traditional Server - Client architecture
For many years, to connect a USB over network, you’d have to install a Server-side app on all your machines with physically attached USB devices and share each specific device separately to make it remotely accessible. The Server app redirected USB traffic from a shared device to the client machine.

Then you’d have to install the Client-side app on the machines that needed to access USB devices. That Client app created a virtual USB device that, in real-time, exchanged data with the physical USB device so you could interact with it just as if it was directly plugged into the client machine.

The main downside of this approach is that Server and Client apps were not interchangeable. As they usually had very similar interface, using them on one machine was very confusing. The most typical example of this approach is USB over Network by FabulaTech.
2. Unified solution
More up-to-date approach is to have a universal client app that works both as a Server-side and a Client-side solution. For example, once you log into your FlexiHub account, you’ll see the list of the local devices shared over the network, along with the list of all the remote devices available for connection.

There is no more need to share each individual USB device, change your NAT or Firewall settings, and worry about external IP addresses. Plus, FlexiHub has a global redirection servers network to increase your connection speed. One-click and a USB device from any place in the world is already on your computer.
By login into FlexiHub account, you can see the list of locally shared devices and all available remote devices for connection

How to share USB over Network with FlexiHub?

Use the following simple steps to begin sharing USB devices with remote users over a network:
That’s all!

Now anyone who needs to access a device will only need to start FlexiHub, log into their account and click Connect next to the device they want to use. No fuss, no muss, no fiddly setting-up, just two simple steps and you gain full control of any USB device!

FlexiHub is a truly cross-platform solution for Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android. You won’t ever have any problem sharing a USB device on one OS and accessing it from a different one.

Some extra perks guaranteed by FlexiHub:

1. Optimal connection rout
Even if a direct USB connection between two machines is impossible, FlexiHub offers you three other options:
  • RDP connection over a Remote Desktop Protocol channel
  • UDP connection, known to get through several routers
  • Tunnel Server connection, using an intermediate node as a proxy
2. Virtual-friendly solution
Thanks to the USB virtualization technology, FlexiHub allows you to access your USB devices from any environment:
3. Centralized control point
View all the relevant data on your subscriptions, active or not, and manage them from a handy menu in your FlexiHub account. Choose one subscription plan to fit your budget or have as many as you need:
4. Serial connectivity
FlexiHub is also a unique COM over Network solution. With its help, you can make your serial devices remotely accessible from other machines in your network and even over the Internet.
5. Privacy protection
If you are using FlexiHub in a multi-user environment, no one else has know about that. With the device isolation feature, all the USB and COM devices you share will remain invisible and inaccessible to any other user until you send them a direct invitation to use a specific device.

As you can see, FlexiHub is a one-stop solution that covers every demand for USB over Network while also providing its users with a whole slew of perks and features.
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