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