What Is USB Server
And How To Use USB Device Server

Contents

  1. What is USB server?
  2. How does USB server work?
  3. USB server software
  4. How to configure USB server?
  5. USB server software benefits
  6. Other USB server software types
  7. Brief note about USB server

What is USB server?


USB server is a software solution that allows your computer to become a single point of access for different kinds of USB devices (mostly printers and scanners). By plugging the devices into the USB server, other computers on the network can connect those devices and use their functionality. Also, USB device server can be a hardware device that lets share peripherals over the network so that any network machine can access it remotely.

How does USB server work?


USB network server is equipped with USB to network functionality which means it can be set up to redirect and share devices among nearby network users. One of the core components of the hardware solution is special software that lets client computers establish a connection to the server and use all USB devices
attached to it.

USB server software


There can be no doubt that a hardware USB server is a great idea for those who want to connect USB devices to the remote computers. But a dedicated software, FlexiHub, offers the unique ability to just plug any USB device into the computer and then turn it into a usual USB server making those devices available for a remote connection.

FlexiHub

Windows, macOS, Linux, Android
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FlexiHub is compatible with virtually any USB-enabled device like a digital camera, printer, scanner, etc., and you will be able to work with them from any remote computer.
FlexiHub

How to configure USB server?


FlexiHub does not require any additional hardware: a simple installation of the program on your PC will allow turning your machine into a USB server hub.

How to set up USB server software


Here are some simple steps you should follow to use your PC as a USB server:

  1. Firstly, register a FlexiHub account.
  2. Then, choose the number of connections you need to start a free trial.
  3. Download USB server software on your machine with the attached USB devices.
  4. Start the app and sign in to your account (in the software interface you’ll see the list of available devices ready to be shared).
  5. Next, install USB server software on other computers that need to access the shared devices remotely.
  6. Sign in to your FlexiHub account on a remote computer, select the required device from the list, and hit ‘Connect’ next to it.

After that, a USB device will appear in the Device Manager of the remote PC, and you will be able to use it as though it were really attached to this machine.

USB server software benefits


A significant number of regular USB device servers are not optimized for Mac and lacks software support. On the contrary, FlexiHub is a multi-platform solution meaning that depending on the operating system of your computer, it can be a USB server for Mac, USB server for Linux, or Windows USB server.

Other USB server software advantages


  • You can share an unlimited number of USB port devices.
  • The solution works over any distance.
  • If there’s no direct visibility between computers, traffic is sent via FlexiHub’s own Redirection Server, which is another nice plus.

Other USB server software types


USB Network Gate is another effective USB Server solution that substitutes a traditional USB device server. One of its major advantages is the ability to redirect shared devices over a local area network. Furthermore, the solution supports Remote Desktop Protocol and makes it easy to access local devices while working in the RDP session.

USB Network Gate

How to use UNG as USB device server


  1. Download USB Network Gate to the computer that will act as a USB server. Then, connect the USB devices that you intend to use on other computers.
  2. Share the USB devices by clicking the corresponding button.
  3. Install the software on all computers that will connect to the devices shared from a USB network server.
  4. Then you will be able to connect USB device that you shared on the USB server.

Brief note about USB server


Due to the nature and functionality of the USB devices, only one computer can connect to a shared from a USB server device at a time. FlexiHub and UNG do not make it possible to access shared peripherals from multiple machines simultaneously. Shared on a computer that acts as USB server, the device becomes unavailable on that computer.

FlexiHub

Requirements: Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista/7/8/10/Server 2012
Size: 6.93MB
Version: 3.6.12038 ()
User rating: (4.8 based on 78+ users )