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Redirect USB and COM devices to the Cloud

Cloud services continue to gain in popularity and have already made inroads in practically every area of our lives. No surprise here, given their strong competitive position based on incredible usability and hefty cutback of expenditures on physical media. The vast majority of professional software developers are aimed at making all their services cloud-based so that they could be controlled from any spot of the Earth. And more often than not, the only sticking point is getting remote access to all the appropriate equipment (e.g. dongle keys for complex IT systems, special-purpose sensors and processing units, etc.).

Forward any USB peripheral to your cloud service

To build a fully functioning cloud-based service, you’ll not only need to port all your software into the cloud but also set up an efficient device passthrough method. The migration process can be easily handled by your full-time developer or system administrator, but if you want safe and sure remote access to your devices you’ll have to employ a special purpose technology for that.

Devices you’ll need to make cloud-based for smooth operation process:

All these devices are connected to a workstation through USB or COM ports. So, technically speaking, once you enable remote access to serial and USB ports, you’ll be able to operate pretty much any peripheral over all distances.

Here’s how you can make this happen

FlexiHub is a purpose-made software solution for safe, sure, and blazing fast USB/COM over network connections. You can redirect virtually any USB or serial device to a cloud with just a couple of clicks without splashing your cash on extra hardware or fiddling with any settings. Even if the device you want to forward is hidden behind a NAT or has no public IP address, it still can be reached by FlexiHub via UDP communication protocol.

FlexiHub can easily handle even the most bandwidth- and latency-sensitive peripherals thanks to the advanced traffic compression algorithm. And 2048-bit SSL encryption will make sure none of your sensitive information ever gets into the wrong hands. Plus, it has a whole lot of other handy features, e.g. data loss prevention, auto-connect, and a private Redirection Server.

Popular use cases

Token redirection

Railway service software token redirection to Azure cloud

If all your machines are about to be moved into a cloud, but some software running on them still requires a physical USB token to generate an ISO (or any other purpose), FlexiHub can help deal with the situation in the most trouble-free manner. Just plug all your tokens into USB hubs and use FlexiHub to make them instantly accessible from whichever Azure machine needs to use one at the moment.

Collecting data

Collecting data from remote logistic equipment

If you rely on the TRUX (or similar app) running on RDS virtual machines in Azure, with FlexiHub you can easily link your Azure RDS server with all the computers directly connected to the scales (or other logistic tools), so it’ll be able to collect all necessary data readings straight from remote COM ports the equipment is plugged into. No hassle, infinitesimal time lag, and full-blast efficiency guaranteed.

Redirecting remote and local USB devices

Redirecting remote and local USB devices to a cloud OS

If you want to operate a cloud-based virtual machine using your local USB controllers (e.g. Game Controller, VR set or 3D mouse), FlexiHub is the perfect way to make it happen. More than that, you’ll be able to use all the USB or serial hardware resources you need, both from your local PC, and any remote computer with an Internet connection. FlexiHub’s unrivaled port virtualization technology lifts customer satisfaction to a whole new level.