In our daily work it seems we can never have enough USB ports to connect all the devices we need: cameras, pen drives, printers, scanners, even a CD / DVD reader!
As long as we have them close, everything can be arranged, you plug and unplug at will, acting according to the priorities of the workflow.
The problems are when the accessory we need we do not have with us, or we need to access one that is connected to a computer located elsewhere.
Accessing USB devices remotely allows us, for example, to use our home printer while we are traveling so that those papers that we have on our computer are printed when someone comes to pick them up.
Or maybe in the rush the document that we had to scan was happily placed but we never got to press the button. And now we desperately need it.
With control software USB over network We can access any USB device that we have connected to a computer regardless of the distance at which we are from it. We can handle it from where we are as if we had it with us in the same room.
Who may need FlexiHub
We are going to review in which situations the use of a software to share USB devices remotely can be the best solution.
Share peripherals in an office
With this type of software tool you can share printers, scanners, storage devices and any other USB device. Instead of buying replicate devices for everyone, existing devices can be connected to any Windows, Mac and Linux system without the need for additional cabling.
Redirect USB traffic to a virtual environment
One of the problems with virtual machines is that they sometimes do not allow access to the USB ports of the host computer. With this type of software, that problem disappears, because it allows virtual machines to use the devices connected by USB on the host computer.
Remote access to security dongles
If a computer uses a security dongle to prevent the product from being copied and removed from the machine, the use of USB over network software can solve problems resulting from the continued use of the same device on different machines.
Wireless access to remote iOS and Android devices
In a development environment where applications have to be tested on end devices to detect bugs and design corrections, a USB device control software over the network allows remote access to iPhones, iPads and Android devices connected from a local computer as if they were physically connected.
How to use FlexiHub
Installation of the FlexiHub remote USB device control software is easy. All you have to do is create an account, install the program on all the computers that we want to control from ours and configure them using the account we have created.
Once installed, the authorization to install the Daemon required by FlexiHub will force us to restart the computer.
A list will automatically appear with all the devices connected via USB to the computers on the network and with the press of a button we can connect them to our computer to interact with them as if we had them with us.
You can also block certain devices so that they cannot be used remotely (such as the computer’s camera, etc.)
The advantage of FlexiHub is that it offers the same simple interface whether you are a single user or you want to be able to use it in a workgroup, so that all the devices are connected in a common network.
Additionally, FlexiHub has the following advantage:
- Easy to use and understand interface.
- Remote devices can be connected even if direct connection between computers is apparently impossible (one of the computers can use NAT, to mask its IP, or be behind a firewall)
- Allows you to manage connections from the FlexiHub account
- FlexiHub is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.
- Encrypts data, protecting it from unauthorized access.
- FlexiHub is compatible with virtualization software such as VMWare, ESX, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Virtual PC and QEMU
How disadvantages, one could cite:
- Requires internet connection to use this application.
- You cannot use the RDP protocol, but instead use simple TCP / IP or UDP.
- The trial period is only seven days.
FlexiHub is marketed with a subscription model, paid annually.
If the use is for a single user, the price is $ 159 per year.
If the use is for a work team, the price is $ 145 per year per user, starting with five users.