USB over IP technology revealed

USB over IP technology allows you to use USB devices on IP networks effectively. Users can access network-connected USB peripherals remotely with full functionality from any device connected to the network.

Sharing USB over IP networks eliminates the need to move equipment or replace cables to provide access to multiple physically distributed users. USB over the Internet allows even computers without USB interfaces to use network-connected devices.

How does USB over IP software work?

USB over IP software works using a combination of virtualization and encapsulation. This allows computers without physical USB ports to access USB devices. Data from a USB device is encapsulated to transfer over a TCP/IP network. The information is then de-encapsulated using a virtual USB port implemented using USB over TCP/IP software.

Equipment that can be connected and accessed remotely using USB over IP:

  • printers, scanners, and smart card readers;
  • cameras and other audio/video devices;
  • personal medical and diagnostic equipment;
  • HID devices, USB hubs, and game controllers;
  • storage devices and USB security keys.

Implementing USB over IP requires installing software on a computer that is physically connected to the USB device used on the network. The same software is also installed on all remote machines with access to the peripheral device over the network.

This allows an organisation to share USB equipment over IP networks without installing device drivers on remote computers. The tool creates secure communication channels over which USB data can be transferred over the Internet or a private intranet.

Main components of USB over IP technology

Key components that ensure USB over IP functionality:

  • server software installed on the host computer manages connected USB devices and virtualizes their presence on the IP network for remote access;
  • client software on remote client computers establishes virtual USB connections to devices hosted on the server and provides connections to USB peripheral devices;
  • Ethernet or Wi-Fi networks act as a data transmission channel between the server and client devices, enabling communication over long distances.

The technology is based on server-client technology, which allows administrators to maintain it properly, give and restrict access to users, and control the state of the network. 

Where is USB over IP technology used?

USB over IP technology is used in various fields:

  • it provides remote access and management of USB devices from physically remote locations;
  • allows virtual machines to work with USB peripheral devices;
  • facilitates the sharing of USB devices in telecommunications systems and optimises their use;
  • supports remote control and monitoring of industrial equipment connected via USB;
  • facilitates access to USB equipment in multiple fields, from industry to medicine.

Advantages of using USB over IP technology:

  • USB over IP allows the use of USB devices over a network connection located far from the user;
  • extends the range of USB devices regardless of their physical location, providing remote access from anywhere there is a network connection;
  • users can connect to USB devices from different computers, even remote ones, providing flexibility and cost savings on devices that can be shared;
  • USB over IP allows you to quickly scale the number of connected devices, which makes it convenient for organisations of various sizes;
  • when using USB over IP, there is no need to install additional hardware, which reduces infrastructure costs and allows you to connect computers and USB devices to a network regardless of their distance.

USB over IP technology is very efficient and flexible; it can connect any number of devices into a network, regardless of the industry in which they are used. This makes USB over IP a universal model for many organisations.

Prospects for technology

USB over IP technology is a universal solution for expanding the functionality of USB devices over IP networks. It provides remote access to USB peripherals from any computer connected to the network.

USB over IP is used in various business and industrial sectors and enables remote management, sharing, and administration of USB devices.

The main components of USB over IP work together and provide secure data transmission, remote access from anywhere, network connection, network scalability, and cost savings since there is no need to install additional equipment.

With ongoing improvements to network protocols and encryption mechanisms, the technology can become even more efficient and secure for connecting USB devices over IP networks.

The flexibility and versatility of USB over IP make this technology suitable for businesses of any industry and size and an important component in remote collaboration and device management.