When you need to connect an external USB drive to several computers on the same network (Wi-Fi/Ethernet/LAN/TCP/IP) you may face a problem because all those computers will need access to the contents of the disk, but you cannot connect the disk to each of them. So how to share a USB storage among several computers? There are some solutions available on the web.
Share USB storage over Network with a Software Solution
A convenient solution for making one disk available to several machines would be USB Network Gate by Eltima Software. This application lets you share USB storage over network.
Just a couple of steps and you are done:
Download USB Network Gate and install on the computer where your drive is connected. Also install it on the computers that will access the device.
Plug in your USB drive to the computer. Open USB Network Gate app and share the drive over network via its interface.
USB Network Gate offers the following advantages:
★ Access to remote USB devices regardless of their physical location
★ Work with USB devices in virtual environment and in RDP session
★ Supports Citrix ICA protocol
★ Isolated per-user session – only a specific user will have an exclusive access to device
★ Cross-platform solution – works on Linux, Mac, Win, Android
★ No hardware or additional software is required
Share storage via a high-speed USB cable
Share USB external hard drive over network with the help of a high-speed USB cable. With the help of USB 2.0 solution you get the following:
Move data between computers via USB port.
Achieve over 15 Mbps speed of data transfer in both directions.
Work in Mobile PC and SOHO environments.
Single chip ASIC Hi-Speed USB host to host communication and bus powered from a port.
USB Network Gate supports USB specification v. 1.1 and 2.0.
USB 2.0 is a fair solution to share USB drive over network, but the limitation by cable length doesn’t give a lot of options.