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USB Redirector

USB Redirector — Share USB devices remotely

USB redirection is a method through which remote users can access USB devices without installing drivers or having hardware interfaces available on their computers. USB traffic is redirected from a centralized server that has the necessary drivers installed to interact with the associated devices. Network-attached users can then connect to the peripheral equipment and make use of its full functionality.

Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated Aug 26, 2021

USB Redirector use-cases

USB redirector usage covers a wide range of fields. Thanks to this cross platforming tool, a user can access his devices in virtual environments, share a USB with his team or even freely work in RDP sessions.

Redirect USB devices to virtual environments
The core function of USB Redirector is to make every USB peripheral accessible from your virtual machine over network, plus the ones directly connected to a local host. With this app, for all your upcoming VM sessions, you won't ever have to deal with limited USB connectivity issues.
Redirecting USB traffic to RDP
FlexiHub is a simple and effective way to redirect USB devices to a remote desktop. By contrast with some similar software tools, FlexiHub has a catch-all interface with no distinguished server-side and client-side apps. You’ll be presented with a list comprising each and every USB device you can forward to your RDP session.
Share USB peripheral equipment with teammates
USB Redirector is a solution suitable for any organization that wishes to make better use of its USB-compatible peripheral equipment. Devices such as printers, scanners, and external drives can be shared with users in the same office or located on the other side of the world. All that is needed is FlexiHub and an IP network to add value and functionality to expensive equipment and the users who share it.
Redirect USB devices between Windows, Linux and macOS
USB redirection technology works with virtually all USB devices and supports all popular operating systems. There are versions of the software available for Windows, USB Redirector for Linux, and macOS. It offers the flexibility of cross-platform support with any supported OS able to act as a server with which to share devices with clients of the same or different operating systems.

How to setup USB Redirector

Use the following simple steps to begin sharing USB devices with remote users over a network:
  • 1.
    Download and install FlexiHub
    Download and install FlexiHub on every computer participating in the RDP session. Installing FlexiHub on the PC with the USB device physically plugged into it will also be necessary.
  • 2.
    Run FlexiHub
    Run FlexiHub by double-clicking the icon, then enter your credentials to log in.

    A list of all remotely-accessible USB devices will appear in the FlexiHub interface.
    remote access to your device
  • 3.
    Create a virtual desktop connection
    Create a virtual desktop connection after launching Remote Desktop on the client.
  • 4.
    Login to FlexiHub account on remote side
    Via the virtual desktop connection, run FlexiHub and use your credentials to log in.
  • 5.
    Connect device in remote connection
    Click the Connect button beside the USB device you'd like to access, and enjoy!
    Connect device
FlexiHub is a USB Redirector software. You can manage the devices from any spot of the world, having just an Internet connection. All you need is FlexiHub on your machine.

Unique features of USB Redirector

Private Redirection Server

FlexiHub is a type of USB redirector that can establish connection via its own Redirection Server, i.e. computers participating in the connection will be able to detect each other even without a public IP address to share and access devices remotely.

Secure Connection

For establishing communication and redirecting USB data, FlexiHub uses the 2048-bit SSL encryption. This ensures that no third party gets an unauthorized access to your private information and sensitive data.

Lock Devices

You can regulate access to your USB devices, e.g. if you don't want to use USB redirector with a device, you can lock it. No remote computers in the network will "see" it.

Detect Devices Automatically

FlexiHub detects the type and displays info about the connected devices automatically. This makes it easier for you to identify what device USB Redirector will share, access or, on the contrary, lock the access.

Compress Data

Compressing data helps with USB redirection, as it is transmitted at a higher rate and decreases Internet traffic consumption. There are different compression options you can choose from.

Create login Tokens

Redirection software allows you to create login tokens so that other users could use your account to connect their USB devices over IP. The tokens are a safe way of sharing an account with others without the risk of exposing your login credentials.

USB redirector supports various devices types:

  • HID devices
  • Wireless USB hub
  • Game controller
  • Printers
  • Smart card readers
  • Personal healthicare devices
  • Communication devices
  • Cameras
  • Audio/Video devices
  • Bluetooth adapters
  • Diagnostic devices
  • Mass storage
  • Video cameras
  • USB security dongles
  • All types of COM port devices

USB Redirector software comparison chart

Let’s see and compare the TOP list of USB Redirector software solutions. In this chart, we put together all competitors and explored all the best they can give.
License type
License type
Various subscription plans
Single static license
Single static license
Subscription options
Subscription options
  • Personal: 3 connections*/5 nodes**
  • Team: min. 5 members
  • Business: custom
N/A
N/A
Free demo limitations
Free demo limitations
5 shared devices
30 days
2 shared devices
15 days
Windows only
1 shared device
10 days
Price from
Price from
USD 14/month/1 device
USD 74.99/2 devices
USD 49
Multiple device log-in
Multiple device log-in
up to 5 nodes/account***
N/A
N/A
Proxi-server
Proxi-server
Redirection Server
  • no need for external IP
  • multi-network communication
  • works through the Firewall
N/A
EasyFind
for extra USD 10/month
Supported platforms
Supported platforms
Server-side:
Server-side:
Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
Windows
Linux
Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
Client-side:
Client-side:
Windows
Linux
macOS
Windows
Linux
Windows
Linux
macOS
Firmware for microcontrollers
Firmware for microcontrollers
Raspberry (upon request)
N/A
Raspberry routers NAS (QNAP, Synology, etc.)
Security
Security
Login tokens for safe account sharing
Lock for device access control
Access control list
Scripts for access control
Encryption
Encryption
2048-bit SSL
N/A
SSL
RDP support
RDP support
N/A
N/A
Yes
COM-port devices support
COM-port devices support
Windows only
N/A
N/A

* Connection number defines how many remote devices you can connect to over the network at the same time

** Node is a machine you can log into your account on

*** You can have more for an extra fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we will try to answer all questions about USB redirection. Read on to get all information about USB Redirector software.
The software helps you to turn your computer into a single control USB redirector (USB server) for all devices used in a network by connecting them over the network — their full functionality will be available on the remote computer in a real-time mode. It does not matter where the device is physically located, as long as the computer is plugged in and your local computer is connected via the network.
Devices are automatically detected when they are connected to a USB port on your computer. It facilitates the sharing process by displaying the device type. This way you can see if there are printers, scanners or drives available to be shared from your client machine and makes it easier to find the device you need.
Two-way communication is established which provides the ability to send and receive data from redirected USB devices. Before you can do all of this you need to download the application to the necessary server and client computers. You also need to obtain a FlexiHub account. Then there are a few simple steps to be done within the app and you will be ready to go.
Connect to USB over network with one click
  • 4.8 overall rank based on 78+ users
  • Requirements: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and Raspberry Pi. 8.89MB Size.
  • Version 5.2.14094. (6 Sep, 2021).
  • Pricing starts $14 per month billed annually
Connect to USB over network with one click