USB Redirector for Linux

USB Redirector for Linux - Share USB 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 allows to:

  • Redirect USB devices to virtual machine
  • Organize USB server for users in your local or corporate network
  • Use USB devices plugged into your Linux thin-client in a Windows Remote Desktop session
  • Use USB devices plugged into remote Windows-based computer
  • Limit physical access to USB devices, but make them available for users in your network

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How to start:

USB Redirector for Linux can be installed in three 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.

Redirect USB Device in Five 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 Remote Desktop support:

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 systems without any limitations.

It is possible to redirect USB devices over RDP connection from Linux thin-client to Windows Terminal Server (RD Sesssion Host). For this, you need to use one of the compatible RDP clients. We support the most popular open source Linux Remote Desktop clients, rdesktop and FreeRDP. We provide patches for these RDP clients which add USB over RDP redirection support.

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 6 and newer
  • Fedora 10 and newer
  • Gentoo 10.1 and newer
  • openSUSE 11.1 and newer
  • RedHat 6 and newer
  • Ubuntu 8.10 and newer
  • Other systems, which meet the following requirements:
    • Kernel version 2.6.27 to 5.1
    • glibc 2.9 or newer, uclibc or musl libs
    • udev subsystem
    • Read-write file system (not read only)
    • Kernel source code or kernel headers are required for installation
  • Older systems are supported with previous releases of USB Redirector, thanks to backwards-compatibility of its protocol

Supported architectures:

  • x86
  • x86_64(amd64)
  • arm
  • mips

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