USB Over Ethernet: The Most Powerful System You Aren’t Using

MakeUseOf | 2/19/2018 | Mihir Patkar
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The USB port on your computer is invaluable. It connects your computer to almost every other important device. The internet is also invaluable. It connects your computer to any other in the world.

Combine the two and USB over Ethernet is an incredibly powerful system you haven’t been using. This isn’t the same as one of those USB-to-Ethernet adapters, by the way, which convert your USB ports into plugs for Ethernet cables.

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What Is USB Over Ethernet?

USB over Ethernet (also called USB over Network or USB over IP) is a system to share USB-based devices over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or even the internet. In essence, you will control USB devices like printers, flash drives, and webcams remotely from a different computer. And of course, you can access data from a USB flash drive.

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Flash drives today are not just about storing your important files: you can use them to run programs and even entire operating systems.

Terms - USB - Over - Ethernet - USB

The terms get confusing because USB Over Ethernet, USB Over Network, and USB Over IP are the names of popular software to implement such a system.

What’s the Best USB Over Ethernet App?

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There are quite a few of these programs, and it can be hard to choose the right for you. In most cases, it’s going to come down to three factors: price, how many different types of operating systems you need, and how many USB devices you need to connect.

Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect in the most popular programs:

Programs - Open-source - Project

All the programs are paid, except for one open-source project.

Most programs offer a free trial period.

Price - Increases - USB - Ports

The price increases by how many USB ports you want to connect to.

Remote desktop access is supported in all of these, although the setup can be complex at times.

We tested six of...
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