USB drives are a great way for expanding the backup as well as storing data. However, in some circumstances, you might need to share USB over the network to remotely access them.
There is currently a bunch of software for Windows, Mac, and Linux that allows sharing USB over Ethernet or network. When using these apps, you can easily access your USB devices from anywhere. This post today will show you step-by-step guide to share USB over Network or Ethernet.
How to share USB over Network
USB Network Gate software helps in sharing multiple USB devices over the network for the later access from anywhere. Here are steps to share any USB device over the network.
- First, download and install “USB Network Gate” software on the server and client computer.
- Connect USB devices to the Server.
- Create a new password and then choose Share.
- Click on Add Server button on the remote computer.
- Enter the public IP address.
- Finally, enter the password to access the device shared the network.
Let’s check for more detail and see the detailed steps in order to share USB over network.
Install USB Network Gate software
USB Network gate is truly an independent operating system. It just works on any combination of Windows, Mac, and even Linux. If you want to install this software on your server computer, check out the below steps
- Download the software from here.
- Once done, double-click the file to start the installation.
- Select your language, choose “I accept the agreement“.
- Choose the drive to install the software
- Choose “This installation will share and connect to devices” option and click on Next.
- Click on Install to begin the installation and wait for the process to complete
Install USB Network Gate on Mac
- Download USB Network Gate for your Mac.
- Once done, double-click the .dmg file to extract the file.
- Drag and drop “USB Network Gate” into Applications folder.
- Click on Continue after the installation.
- Tick on “FreeRDP with Plug-in” and select Continue.
Remember to enable the “ELTIMA LLC” in System Preferences when being prompted to open the software. Once the installation setup is done, you can then share and access the USB over the internet.
Connect USB device to the server device
To share USB over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, you will need a computer to perform as the server. You can also connect more USB devices and access them anywhere on several computers.
How to share USB over Network/ Ethernet
- Plug the USB device into the computer that you want to share.
- Next, launch the USB Network Gate
- Choose the connected USB device under Local USB devices option
- Click on the Settings icon of the chosen USB device.
- Set the Password in the field for protecting the USB device (Compression and Encryption fields are optional, so enabling or disabling them is your liking.)
- You must change the port number if you are required. Remember to ensure that there is not any software using that port number. The Port number should be from 1024 to 49151.
- Once done, click on Share to start sharing that USB device.
You will have to repeat these steps for each USB device you want to share and make sure the port number is different for each one. Once you share a USB device, it will no longer be able to access for the local usage. However, you should not worry as from the Remote USB devices tab you can connect to it again.
- Access the shared USB device
Once you have shared a USB device from the server computer, simply follow these below steps to remotely access the USB device.
- Launch “USB Network Gate” on the remote computer.
- Next, click on “Remote USB devices” tab.
- If the server and the client computers are already connected to the same router, you will then see the shared devices displaying automatically.
- If they are connected to the different routers, you will then need to click on Add Server button to manually connect to the server computer
- Type in the IP address of the server computer then click on Add
- The shared devices will now be listed automatically.
- Choose a device and click on Connect.
- Finally, type in the password to set up the connection.
This is how to connect USB over the network and then access the internet connection from anywhere. If the device is a hard drive, you will see a new icon on the desktop. In case it’s a printer, it will automatically display in the print dialog.