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.
Two-way communication is established which provides the ability to send and receive data from redirected USB devices. USB over network redirector software is a solution suitable for any organization that wishes to make better use of its USB-compatible peripheral equipment. It allows remote users to connect to devices attached to any type of IP-based network.
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2019
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The Electronic Team’s contribution to the field of USB redirector software is called FlexiHub. It is a well-known solution which is used to provide access to an unlimited number of USB ports or devices over the Internet, VPN, LAN, WAN or other networks that provide an IP address for identification.
FlexiHub works with virtually all USB devices and supports all popular operating systems. There are versions of the software available for Windows, 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.
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.
How to setup USB redirector
FlexiHub only requires minimal setup and configuration to enable you to redirect USB data transmission across your network. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to use this USB redirector.
Install FlexiHub on the computer that is directly connected to the peripheral USB device that you want to share with your users over a network.
FlexiHub also needs to be installed on all of the machines that will be remotely accessing the shared device.
Once all software installations are complete and a device has been shared from the server, it’s quite simple to connect to it from the client computers. Just fire up the app and select a device from the list of available shared devices.
At this point, you have the same access to the device as if you were directly connected to it no matter where on the network it is physically located.
Data security is critically important and FlexiHub has you covered in this regard. It employs advanced encryption techniques and establishes secure connections that can be used to transfer sensitive data safely.
Access to specific devices can be controlled through the software and you can lock down a peripheral so that no networked user can connect to it. Password protection enables you to decide who can use your devices.
Devices are automatically detected by FlexiHub 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.
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.
Open the application on the machine that will act as the server and has the USB device physically connected. Log into FlexiHub with the e-mail and password obtained during registration. Select the device you want to share from within the app.
On the client machine, log into FlexiHub with the same credentials as those used on the server. Locate the USB device with which you wish to connect and press the “Connect” button.
You now have the same access to the USB device as does the computer that has the direct physical connection, even if your computer is located on another continent.
To take full advantage of FlexiHub and connect to devices remotely, you need to use the paid version of the tool. The free trial version lets you test the software locally to see if it fits your needs.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to any USB redirector application. Here are some of FlexiHub’s:
All connections are secured through the use of advanced encryption techniques.
Wireless and wired networks are supported for USB device sharing.
Any USB or serial device can be shared with this versatile communication software. Anything you can plug into a serial or USB port can be shared with network-connected users anywhere in the world.
You need to install the software on all the machines that you want to connect to shared devices.
The paid version of the tool is required to remotely access devices.
Requirements: Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista/7/8/10/Server 2012/2016