USB Redirector for Linux

USB Redirector for Linux - Share USB Devices over Network in Linux

This Free product allows to share and access USB devices remotely on Linux platform. This solution is compatible with all our products. It allows connecting USB devices either from Linux or Windows based computers. Using the special patch for open source project rdesktop you can connect USB devices to Terminal Server where USB Redirector RDP Edition or USB Redirector TS Edition installed.

USB Redirector for Linux product suits you if you need to:

  • Access USB devices from a Virtual Machine
  • Organize a USB server for users in your corporate network
  • Use a USB device plugged into your Linux-based thin client on the remote Terminal Server over RDP
  • Use USB device plugged into remote Windows-based computer
  • Limit physical access to USB device, but make it available for users in your network

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How to start:

USB Redirector for Linux supports several installation modes:

  • USB server mode. When installed in this mode, USB Redirector allows to share your USB devices for access on remote computers with Linux or Windows operating systems;

  • USB client mode. When installed in this mode, USB Redirecror allows you to connect remote USB devices that were shared on remote computers with Linux or Windows operating systems;

  • Both USB server and USB client. You could either share your USB devices for remote access or connect USB devices from remote computers with Linux or Windows operating systems.

USB Redirector installation instructions can be found here.

Use remote USB device in 5 Steps:

  • Step 1: Install USB Redirector for Linux in USB server mode on a computer where USB device, which needs to be redirected, is physically plugged in. This computer will be the USB server.

./ install-server

  • Step 2: Share needed USB device on USB server:

./usbsrv -list

List of shared USB devices available for connection over ethernet

./usbsrv -share 8

  • Step3. Now move to the computer computer where you need to use USB device remotely and install USB Redirector for Linux in USB client mode. This computer will be the USB client.

./ install-client

  • Step4. Create direct connection from USB client to USB server (it is also possible to use callback connection from USB server to USB client).

./usbclnt -addserver

  • Step5. In the list of remote USB devices choose the needed one and connect it:

./usbclnt -list

Listing remote USB devices

./usbclnt -connect 1-8

  • Result: Now you can use the USB device on USB client computer just like it was plugged there directly:

USB device has been successfully redirected to remote Linux computer

Cross platform features and patching rdesktop for USB redirection compatibility:

USB Redirector for Linux is compatible with USB Redirector, USB Redirector RDP Edition and USB Redirector TS Edition. It means you can freely share USB devices between Linux and Windows OS without any limitations.

To connect shared USB devices from Linux Thin Client to Windows Terminal Server you need to use RDP client. For such RDP client you can use a popular open source project rdesktop v1.6 or higher. We are providing a patch for this RDP client to support USB redirection over RDP.

After installing USB Redirector for Linux, you need to apply the special patch, that is shipped inside USB Redirector installation package in the rdp/rdesktop directory:

  • copy usbrdr.c and usbrdr.patch into rdesktop source code directory
  • run patch -p3 -i usbrdr.patch
  • re-compile and re-install patched rdesktop
  • start rdesktop with '-r usbrdr' option.

./rdesktop -r usbrdr terminal.server.hostname

More detailed information on how to use USB Redirector for Linux:

System Requirements:

USB Redirector for Linux works on the following Linux distributions:

  • Debian 5 - 7
  • Fedora 5 - 21
  • Gentoo 10.1 - 12.1
  • openSUSE 10.3 - 13.2
  • Mandriva 2007 - 2011
  • RedHat 5 - 7
  • Ubuntu 6.06 - 18.10
  • others, which meet the following requirements:
    • Kernel version 2.6.26 to 4.17
    • udev subsystem
    • Read-write file system (not read only)
    • Kernel source code or kernel headers are required for installation

Supported architectures:

  • x86
  • x86_64(amd64)
  • arm
  • mips

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