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Connecting USB Devices Over a TCP/IP Connection

May 13, 2019 by Oliver Rieder

How can you set up the ability to share USB devices over a TCP/IP network?

Most computer users have been exposed to the TCP/IP networking communication protocol. The term is an acronym for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP). These two distinct protocols are often used together in the underlying architecture of the majority of networks that the average computer user accesses every day. Many of the common computer activities such as connecting to websites, playing multi-player online games, and using social media sites all rely on the TCP/IP protocols to establish and maintain communication.

Through the use of dedicated communication software, you can attain the ability to share USB devices over a TCP/IP network. USB Network Gate is an application that allows any computer attached to the network to remotely access network-connected USB devices. See the benefits that this tool provides by downloading the software. Then, follow the simple steps we present and start sharing USB devices over any network that employs the TCP/IP protocols.

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The Basics of USB Device Sharing

You need to use an external IP address when sharing a device over the network so it can be identified and connected with other computers.

USB devices that are shared over a network are no longer accessible by the computer to which they are locally attached.

The recommended order of events is to connect the USB device locally prior to sharing the port with other computers. The port can be shared first if you are sure that it is actually the free port. In either case, the device must be connected to the local machine before it can be shared with other users.

You can share a USB security dongle in the same way that you share a storage device with other networked computers. You must share it from the local computer in order for other machines to access it.

Additional USB Network Gate Settings for All Platforms

The ability to customize the settings under which USB Network Gate operates is a feature on all operating system platforms. These are some of the parameters that can be customized.

Increasing the security of your connection by enabling traffic encryption. This may slow down the connection speed as all data is encrypted before transmission.

Instituting password authorization in order to access devices remotely. This heightened security measure requires a password to be entered in order to establish the network connection to a device.

Specifying the TCP port used in creating the connection.

The Description field can be used to define custom names of shared USB devices that will be used to establish connectivity.

Traffic compression can be set and will minimize network traffic and speed up data transmission with certain USB devices.


Oliver Rieder

I'm Oliver Rieder, a freelance Technical Author and USB & COM technology expert. I've been in the industry for over 9 years now and have worked with some of the biggest names in tech.

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